Creative Collective 008: ISO — How High Can You Go?

Dark Cloud Over The Dark Mountain – South Weber, UT – Fujifilm X-T30 – “Ilford HP5 Plus Push Process” film simulation recipe — ISO 25600

When it comes to ISO, how high can you go? On your Fujifilm camera, how high is too high? 3200? 6400? 12800? 25600?

This article will explore the topic of high-ISO photography on Fujifilm X cameras. Can you bump it more than you think? Will it look good printed? How does it compare to film? Those are the questions that this post intends to answer.

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  2. John Jarosz · December 4, 2021

    As a patron of FujiXWeekly I expect that anything sent to me under the masthead of FujiXWeekly will be unlocked. I feel asking for a further contribution is unethical. So I was quite disturbed by this article being locked (High-ISO Video). Asking for subscriptions online is getting out-of-hand everywhere. It is a bad look, which will only result in dis-satisfaction

    • Ritchie Roesch · December 4, 2021

      I’m sorry that you feel this way. Unfortunately, there’s no way to link the two systems (App Patron and Creative Collective). They are completely separate, and the App is anonymous. Also, the Patron subscription never proposed or promised access to bonus articles on the website. Just as the Creative Collective doesn’t give access to the locked App features. I hope that this makes sense, and I also hope that people find each of these to be “worth it” on their own.
      I provide so much for free. I put tons of time into all this. It might seem “unethical”; however, I really don’t get compensated much financially for what I do here. Working the drive-thru at McDonalds would likely pay more per-hour (perhaps significantly more). Maybe I should do that instead of this? Of course, that would be a lot less fun, because I don’t think serving cheap hamburgers would be much fun. I do enjoy making recipes and writing articles, and that’s why I do it, but I don’t think it’s unethical to be compensated at least a little (and it is a little) for my time and efforts, for those who want to support it. And those who don’t want to don’t have to. Those who do want to support what I do should get something in return for their support above and beyond what those get who just want a free ride, right? (And trust me, most are getting a free ride, and that’s ok).
      You might have noticed that I haven’t reduced the amount of free content that I’m producing. All I have done is added more, and some of that “more” is a reward for those who want to financially support this website.
      I appreciate your App Patron support! I can promise that you’re not getting any less content than before by not joining the Creative Collective (if anything, you might have noticed an increase, actually). But for those who cannot get enough and want even more, there’s another way to support this website and everything that I do for the Fujifilm community, and that’s the Creative Collective.
      There’s a musician that I really appreciate who puts his songs on his own app. I like his songs so I subscribe to his app (at $85 per year!). He also has an “Inner Circle Club” that’s separate than his app, and the app subscription doesn’t get me access to that club. I would have to pay more to join if I wanted to gain access those bonus songs and content. I don’t, because I’m not quite that fanatic, but plenty of people do because they want even more than what’s on the app. I bring this up only because it’s kind of a similar idea to App Patron and website Creative Collective.
      I hope this all makes sense and you find it to be a reasonable explanation.

  3. rpmik · January 2, 2022

    After years of just iPhone photography, 12800 ISO on my X100V looks like a dream — even with added noise from recipes — compared to blotchy, misaligned night mode iPhone photos. For screen display, social media, etc., color high ISO is no problem for me. Looking at your prints of high ISO digital photos, I think those look just fine. It helps that I don’t have a photography background I guess, so my standards are aligned accordingly 🙂

    • Ritchie Roesch · January 3, 2022

      Yeah, it’s easy to compare some massive crops and make harsh judgements based off that, and totally forget just how amazing this technology is. I remember in the film days, ISO 400 was considered “high ISO” but now that’s a fairly low ISO in the digital world.

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