Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2012/03/16

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Subject: [Leica] B&W Leica? Higher ISO
From: mark at (Mark Rabiner)
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 09:38:26 -0400

Its an image which certainly deserves the highest in handling.
Each times you crutch it it will look better.
Next time I'd for sure darken the large white plastic bucket.
Also the metal one.

It may be that what we are seeing is actually lighter than it appeared in
person when you were making the shot in dusk.
In such situations it seems to me a tad too much sharpening can wreck your
tonality. And black and white is hard.
I'd have left it a tad darker. But it could be my monitor.

Mark R.

> From: Jayanand Govindaraj <jayanand at>
> Reply-To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2012 11:08:07 +0530
> To: Leica Users Group <lug at>
> Subject: Re: [Leica] B&W Leica? Higher ISO
> No it is not - but it helps a lot. Here is a shot (and the next one)
> at ISO6400 after sunset in a village:
> See it large - the result, given the conditions ( very low light,
> shooting into a house, etc - if you look, the lights are on inside) is
> more than acceptable, there is no smearing, the grain is natural and
> the black and white tones are as good as you can get - in fact, most
> people who have seen the print cannot believe that it is ISO6400.
> IMHO, it is indispensable in both my favourite genres of street and
> wildlife. In the former it allows you to shoot in very low light with
> impunity, and in the latter it allows for very high shutter speeds to
> capture action in indifferent light, which is the norm in the dense
> Indian forests. I just leave my Nikon D700 routinely in Auto ISO mode
> with an upper limit of 6400, and change the minimum shutter speed
> depending on the lens/subject.
> Cheers
> Jayanand
> On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:14 AM, John McMaster <john at>
> wrote:
>> Obviously there is a place for high ISO (actually high ASA the way we are
>> talking about it) but it is not the be all and end all in image quality...
>> john
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