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Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« on: December 26, 2011, 03:30:30 PM »
Greetings and Happy Holidays!

I made the purchase finally, a Canon 60D.  I have a Tamron 17-50 (2.8) and a Canon 50mm (1.8).  I have not had much success importing/exporting video footage from indoors (moderate to low light situations).  Much of the video seems to carry a lot of noise or grain.

Any suggestions in importing, settings, lens suggestions (was thinking of getting a Rokinon 85mm and/or 30mm 1.4)




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Re: Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« Reply #1 on: December 26, 2011, 05:00:37 PM »
I find that camera quite noisy too. I didn't notice it as much on my 30D, but it was worse in low light. I think I'm just noticing it more over a larger MP count. I took that yesterday, and didn't want to use a flash, so ISO1600 was used @ 1.4 on my 50mm.

I don't know why but I have to spend a lot more time cleaning up images with noise on this camera. Possibly more noise due to the MP count. I've no idea, but it's very frustrating as I lose sharpness when doing it, as you can see above. It's fine pre noise reduction, but after cleaning up the image loses it :(

I've yet to come up with a decent way to clean up noise on this camera, without significant quality loss.


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Re: Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« Reply #2 on: December 27, 2011, 08:23:03 AM »
I'm not sure about video but some times I need to shoot at 3200 ISO and it makes not bad. Of course if you make some additional manipulations with LR and CS5 plugins... otherwise it's noisy, but iso of 800 is quite ok when speaking about sharing 800*600 pictures on various resourses.


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Re: Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« Reply #3 on: December 27, 2011, 10:38:47 AM »
I have a 60D, but don't do much video.  But, I can tell you that for photos anything over ISO 800 gets noisy.  3200 is as noisy as my 3 year old.  Low light is one place Canon has a lot of room for improvement.

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Re: Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2011, 11:56:51 AM »
I used a 60D for almost a year and did not see much noise at all. i am actually impressed with the 60D


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Re: Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2012, 04:38:42 AM »
I've been shooting a 60D since April and recently got into stock photography. However, many of my files were getting rejected due to noise. (Even at ISO 100) Needless to say it's a little insulting when they reject a file and tell you "how you should have shot it." (Even though I was already shooting at ISO 100)

Anyway, I recently purchased a 5DmkI and for the first time have noise free shadows and clean sky. My 5D's ISO 400 is my 60D's 100.

I haven't yet had a file rejected due to noise from my 5D.

Survey says that the 60D is a bit noisy. For everyday photography photography or making small to medium prints it's not a big deal. However, when you have inspectors scrutinizing your photos at 100 percent, the 60D is going to leave you hanging.


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Re: Grain & Noise - Canon 60D
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2012, 07:14:34 AM »
It's interesting how our standards and perceptions change with time.

A little while ago I needed to work with some old shots from the film days. One from 100 iso 35mm Fuji Provia and one from 6x7 Fuji Provia 100. Both files were drum scanned and easily passed high level photo library scrutiny.

At the time I thought they were absolutely fabulous files, but files from even modest modern DSLR's would leave them gasping for respectability. Even a well exposed 100 iso 20D file looks better. 5DII & 1D4 files are from another galaxy.  Fascinating.

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