Higher and higher

Some folks – even some well-known “experts” – will occasionally suggest that the importance of a camera’s ability to produce clean images at high ISO is overstated. These folks generally commit the sin of which I recently wrote about – that is, they forget that different types of photographers and photography have different technical needs. When your subject allows it, it’s always best to choose the lowest ISO possible, mount your camera on a tripod, and use mirror lockup and a remote release. However, in nature photography especially, there are times when it’s just not possible to shoot this way.

On his blog yesterday, Art Wolfe offered his first impressions of the Canon EOS-1D X. He spends a large part of the post writing about the camera’s high ISO capabilities. What’s really great about Mr. Wolfe’s post is that he talks not just about the camera’s capabilities, but also about how he makes use of those capabilities, and how they’ve changed the way he shoots.

What’s also great is Mr. Wolfe’s down-to-earth, snark-free way of communicating – a refreshing departure from the abrasive, condescending voices one often comes across online. Like John Wayne said in Rio Bravo, “I’d say he’s so good, he doesn’t feel he has to prove it.”

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