One of the tests I planned for the 70D was how well it performed in low light at high ISO's. So, when we arrived in town I headed for the much talked about, 130-year-old, Idaho Hotel to photograph it's 19th century interior. When I walked in my eyes had to adjust to authentic 19th century dark rooms lit only by window light--the restaurant was being heated by wood stove--it was GREAT!
|The front desk @ 1600 ISO f4.0 1/20 sec.
|3200 ISO f4.5 @ 1/30 SEC. 1600 ISO F4.5 @ 1/30 SEC.
|3200 ISO f4.5 @ 1/30 sec.
This is inside the old telegraph office--in 1874 it was the first telegraph in the Idaho Territory--which was lit by a small dirty window about ten feet behind me. I had to not only hand hold--now NEEDING 3200 ISO--but I also had to shoot through the barred--off entrance gate.
| 400 ISO f5.6 @ 1/800 sec. 400 ISO f11.0 @ 1/1250 sec.
|400 ISO f8.0 @ 1/640 sec.
I had read about the old school building that's under restoration but I was surprised how BIG it is! MY challenge was to find a different view on this much photographed historic building. So, later in the day after some nice clouds rolled in I spotted this view through two big trees that had grown together creating a nice arch--framing the school house.
|400 ISO f11.0 @ 1/500 sec.
|400 ISO f11.0 @ 1/100 sec.
Overall I am VERY happy with the performance of the Canon 70D. The low light images are surprising good and I NEVER had any problems with the auto-focus even in the really dark areas inside the hotel. The outside images speak for themselves.
Author: Jerry W. Venz, PPA Master Photographer, Certified - http://www.LightAtTheEdge.com