With my tax return being much larger than I expected this year, I've been contemplating buying a new camera body for my lenses. Yes I know, I only got this camera last April, but now that I've been using a DSLR for several months, I'm finding there are some things I need that a higher-end body would be better for.
Namely? Indoor agility shots. I can't complain at all about how my outdoor agility shots come out with this camera.
But my early indoor shots looked like this:
Ouch. That photo was taken at ISO3200, the highest setting on this particular camera. And needless to say, it came out so grainy it was almost useless. I gave up on trying to get shots of dogs in the agility barn. Someone recently pointed out, however, that I really wasn't giving my camera a fair shake. I had it set to Program mode, which came up with some weird settings now that I look at the photo (f/8? Why on earth would I want it set to f/8?). Last night I decided to try for some higher ISO photos.
The basic set-up I used was my 50mm lens, set wide open at f/1.7. I shot in RAW instead of JPG. Here's my favourite shot from the night. This was taken at ISO1600 and processed in Adobe Lightroom.
This one was taken at ISO3200. Quite a difference from the one up above!
I still plan to get the A580 (unless something newer and better comes out), but at least I know this camera isn't quite as bad at taking higher ISO photos as I thought it was.