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Canon EOS Crop Sensor for HD
APS-C sensor cameras including the 80D, 70D, 7D Mk. II, 7D, EOS M and Rebel models for HD video recording.

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Old May 5th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Ryan Farnes View Post
On a side note, I've heard and seen that the 7D ISO settings are better optimized at the 160, 320, 640, 1250, 2500, 5000 settings.
You have that backwards.

A these "fractional" ISOs the camera does some trickery that can rob you of highlight latitude.

You want to shoot at "whole" ISOs, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600 & 3200.

You want autolighting optimizer off pretty much all the time.

You only want "highlight tone priority" on when shooting 1600 or 3200.

I don't recommend shooting faster than 3200 unless all you need is a record of something happening or want the high grain look. Even Neat and Foundry noise plugins don't do a good job at those ISOs.
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Old May 5th, 2010, 07:54 PM   #17
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I think it depends. If you're shooting a wedding or billowing white clouds, shoot at 100, 200, 400... It gives you the most dynamic range. If you're shooting a horror film with lots of shadows, shoot at 160, 320, 640... You give up 1/3 stop at the top, but the noise in the blacks will be reduced.
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