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Leica M10

ISO Series from 100 to 6400: Saddlebag Lake Fresh Ice

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This ISO series from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 shows the noise behavior of the Leica M10 under conditions of very blue lighting. Full resolution images are provided for evaluation.

I prefer to evaluate noise in terms of what it looks like for real shooting, that is, what if I were hiking and wanted to shoot handheld with sufficient shutter speed to minimize the risk of blur or for more depth of field: what would my results look like at, say, at ISO 800 or higher? Is this noise random and thus “film like” and does pattern noise show up. What about very blue lighting, or tungsten? And so on.

The lighting here was blue mountain shadow skylight after the sun had risen, but still deep in shade—mostly skylight from a blue cloudless sky. Hence the red channel is of most interest as to how noise it gets. Such blue-light conditions are frequently found in the mountains, particularly in valleys and/or late in the year.

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Variants 100,200,400,800,1600,3200,6400 available in full article
f8 @ 1/1000 sec, ISO 6400; 2017-06-25 08:27:44
LEICA M10 + Leica R-Adapter M @ 0mm equiv (35mm)

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