(OT) Cameras in low light

John Vetterli jvetterli-Rn4VEauK+AKRv+LV9MX5uipxlwaOVQ5f at public.gmane.org
Fri Dec 19 19:44:59 UTC 2008

On Fri, Dec 19, 2008 at 12:47:06PM -0500, Jamon Camisso wrote:
> John Vetterli wrote:
> > ... [a bunch of boring stuff] ...
> Full frame, APS-C, 4:3, the sensor format (while it does matter a 
> little) won't make a bit of difference without good lenses. Seriously, 
> if going the DSLR route, lenses are the most important part. Sounds like 
> you're after the so called "fast fifty", that is a 50mm prime lens with 
> maximum aperture of f1.4 (or lower but those are pricey).
> Here's an example with one handheld, f1.4 at 1/20s, iso400. My camera is 
> not full frame and I'd happily make 24"x36" prints with it's measly 
> 10mpx APS-C sensor. http://flickr.com/photos/jamonation/3090300056/ It's 
> all in the glass..

Fair enough.  My comments were more pointed more towards avoiding sensor 
noise in low-light conditions, and ignored the gazillion other factors 
in making a good photo.

(But don't underestimate the value of a kit lens.)

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