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ISO Comparison Shots – 5DmkII vs 7D

So finally we have it…the much requested shots comparing the ISO capabilities of the 5DmkII and the 7D. As you can see, the difference is subtle. My conclusion is that the 5D does handle higher ISOs better (surprise surprise) but the 7D also handles surprisingly well. The area to be looking at for the most tell-tale digital noise is in the background, not at the main flower.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1607504399 Emily Smith

    Hi Elizabeth! What lens did you use for these? I’ve found that depending on the quality of lens, you can get away with either much more…or much less sometimes : )

    Thanks so much!

  • Andrea Thomas

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your blog and your articles on DPS have been such a help to me! Thank you for taking the time to do this comparison!

  • Andrea Thomas

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Your blog and your articles on DPS have been such a help to me! Thank you for taking the time to do this comparison!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=571215559 Siobhan Bibb

    These are great! Thanks for posting!

  • Anonymous

    Aaah yes good question. 24-105 L series

  • Anonymous

    Cool. Can you say a little bit about the light on the subject while you took the shots?

  • Noelle Bakken

    Thanks for the comparison. I’m looking to upgrade from my trusty Xti in the next year, so I’ve been loving your reactions to going full frame :-) The most telling thing here for me is seeing the tonal differences between the 5dmkii and 7d – picks up much more detail and contrast even in the higher ISOs. Background noise is less of an issue since you can remove much of it in post processing, but you can’t add in detail that wasn’t there to begin with!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001139254961 Jared Ribic

    I noticed what looks like a little banding with 5D ISO 6400.  I have that problem with my 5D also. 

    I’m looking forward to a 5DMk III with better autofocus, +/- 3 stop EV, and hopefully a faster sync speed.

  • Anonymous

    Hey! Just normal ceiling light bulb and a little window light. I wanted an honest to goodness low light comparison. So often, these ISO comparison shots are taken in unrealistic conditions like outside. Who’s using ISO 6400 outside?!

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  • Bartholomew B.

    Thank you so much for the comparison, I will be shooting an Christening today and it looks like I will not go above ISO 3200.

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