A99: 6400 is the new 800!

I’ve gotten to shoot a few hundred shots with my new A99 and I have to say, the High ISO quality exceeds my expectations. On my A77 I used to get nervous above ISO 800 and I would go to 1600 if I really needed the shot. On the A900 my comfort level extended to 3200. On the A99, I am now comfortable using ISO 6400 and I will even go higher.

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This was shot with no flash, ISO 12800!

I had a great time shooting at a charity event on Friday. We went to Holy Angels, a home for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities and did everything from making crafts with the folks living there, to painting and landscaping. One of the rooms was dark and had various lights for visual stimulation and I was able to test out ISO 6400. I was pleased with the results.

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ISO 6400, and I was slightly overexposed.

I shoot with my A77 pegged on ISO 100 and I only move up if I am at 1/120s or lower wide open on my 85mm f/1.4. I feel comfortable with ISO 400 on my A99. When I am indoor with my A77, I usually put it on ISO 400 and hope for the best. Now I can put it on A99 on ISO 1600, or if I know I don’t need speed, I’ll use ISO 800 and know I’ll get excellent IQ.

 

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This is ISO 1600 at Full Resolution. A little bit of Luminance in Lightroom and we’d be very clean.

I am looking forward to more time with the A99. I am working on the logistics for the A99-A77-A900 testing and I should have that in the next few posts. The sheer amount of data is mind boggling.

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Article about Meg

The Valdosta Daily Times had an article about Meg in their paper today and featured on their website.

I followed Meg around during the Charlotte Race For the Cure and took a ton of pictures. DSC05416

Here she is pinning a pink ribbon on her husband, Jeff early in the morning at the registration table.

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This was Meg’s sign.

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Here is a shot right as the sun was coming up.

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And during the walk, Meg wanted to get a photograph with anyone who would stop for her.

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And let’s not forget Hope. Very rarely do I ever get a shot perfect by my standards. This one is 99.9% perfect at full size. You can see her dad and my wife with downtown Charlotte in the background in the reflection in her eyes.

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Here is a closer look without any post-processing. My focus point was on her left eye. I closed my 85mm f/1.4 up a bit to f/2.5. My only regret is this is ISO 100 and I had light for ISO 50. I shot at my best. I was inspired. A little post processing made this 99.9% perfect shot 100% perfect.