I am posting some more pictures that I have shot at very high ISO. It is truly amazing the quality that is to be found at high ISO these days. As a reminder, when I have to hand hold my camera I shoot at ISOs between 640 and 1250 all the time and find no degradation of the image. If I need lots of depth of field I will push it to ISO 200o. If I need high shutter speeds and depth of field…lobster activity at a dock at dawn or dusk or an action shot in the barn when it is still dark outside…I will push the ISO to 3200 or even 6400. And why not? Sure the picture quality would be better if I shot at much lower ISOs but isn’t it better to get a shot you can still use than to get no shot?
Take a look at these pictures. The first two were shot at ISO 3200 and the last two were shot at ISO 12, 800. Every photo was taken hand held.