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I have a nikon d40 and 18-55 lense and I cant shoot beyond ISO800 itz too noisy is there any technique by which I can shoot at lower ISO setting and get sharp results while shooting inside a monestry with pretty poor lighting situvation..

Or is it time to upgrade to d300 or shud I buy some fast glass or buy a flash how can flash help in thses conditions ? plz some 1 help. it will g8 if you guys can post some pics too.

Thank youpai..

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A SB-400 flash will allow you to bounce the flash indoors for much better results for around $100. If you are really are willing to spend more look into a sigma 30mm f/1.4, it'll focus on a D40 and it's fast enough for indoor shooting..

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Pai_07 wrote:.

Hii have a nikon d40 and 18-55 lense and I cant shoot beyond ISO800 itztoo noisy is there any technique by which I can shoot at lower ISOsetting and get sharp results while shooting inside a monestry withpretty poor lighting situvation.or is it time to upgrade to d300 or shud I buy some fast glass or buya flash how can flash help in thses conditions ? plz some 1 help. itwill g8 if you guys can post some pics too.

Well, flash pretty much guarantees enough light (You have a built-in flash. What does that do?), but it may not look too nice; could kill the monastery atmosphere. How about using a tripod? Keep the ISO down, keep your apertures small, get sharp pictures. Fast lenses are good for a few stops, but my recollections of dark monastaries are that even f/1.4 isn't enough (As far as I know, the only f/1.4 lens that works on a D40 is a Sigma 30mm)..

Upgrading to a D300 is a great idea but may not get you to where you want..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #2

The Sigma 50 1.4 also works on the D40. So does the Nikon 50 1.4 AF-D, but it doesn't autofocus...

Comment #3

If you'd want to buy the D300 for the better high-iso performance ONLY, then you can spend the money better, for your purposes..

Solution #1: Fast glass.

Advantage: Does not change the natural lighting at all. Can be used in churches, etc. where flash is not allowed or even useless because there is nothing to bounce the light off from, and/or the dimensions are too big..

Disadvantages: you have to use them at widest apertures, which gives shallow depth-of-field, so you can't have everything sharp..

Other advantages: Shallow DOF can be used for artistic purposes too, not just for low-light photography..

Solution #2: Flash.

Disadvantage: Changes the lighting. However, you can bounce it off the ceiling (or even from the walls if they are white), which gives naturally-looking results..

Advantage: It can be used even outside, to provide fill light, and light-in-the-eyes for portraits..

You can't do this without a fast lens (or a tripod):.

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But you can't control the light like this without a flash:.

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My vote is for the flash if you are shooting people and have white ceiling..

Kris..

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Pai_07 wrote:.

Hii have a nikon d40 and 18-55 lense and I cant shoot beyond ISO800 itztoo noisy is there any technique by which I can shoot at lower ISOsetting and get sharp results while shooting inside a monestry withpretty poor lighting situvation.or is it time to upgrade to d300 or shud I buy some fast glass or buya flash how can flash help in thses conditions ? plz some 1 help. itwill g8 if you guys can post some pics too.

Some thoughts....

An f/1.4 lens will let much more light in but the depth of field will be tiny, and useless for e.g. interiors where you want a lot of your room (or monastery, or cathedral, whatever) to be in focus. Flash will ruin the atmospheric lighting, if that is what you are trying to capture. The simplest solution for the case you describe is to use a tripod..

Also... have you looked at any noise-reduction software? I use NoiseNinja and it does a great job of cleaning up shots taken at ISO1600 on my Pentax K100D (same 6MP sensor as your Nikon, I think)..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #5

There used to be a good natured comment passed by pros to amateurs ......

The best "second lens" you can get for your camera is... A TRIPOD !!(not forgetting a cable/remote release to go with it).

.... and, for dim interior shooting, I couldn't give you a better tip, honestly. Regards,Baz..

Comment #6

I want to get a flash but not sure if I can bounce it to the roof as ceilings in monastry are pretty high.

How can a tripod help in such situvations? if I am using a tripod wht setting shud I use?will MC 30 cable work on d40.

I have a 50mm f1.8 nikkor and find it a bit narrow in such situvations not perfect for a wide angle shot. I am planning to buy a sigma10-20 which is wide but not so fast or tamron 17-50 f2.8 which I think will b enought for such situvations..

Comment #7

Pai_07 wrote:.

I want to get a flash but not sure if I can bounce it to the roof asceilings in monastry are pretty highhow can a tripod help in such situvations?.

A tripod will hold the camera still enough to use as long a shutter speed as necessary to get the proper exposure at lower ISO than shooting hand held. If flash is not allowed or is insufficient, a tripod is your only choice...

Comment #8

Pai_07 wrote:.

I want to get a flash but not sure if I can bounce it to the roof asceilings in monastery are pretty high.

As a bounce source a camera-top flash is unlikely to help much, I think. If it is actually powerful enough to have an effect, it will likely kill the mood lighting that made the scene attractive to your eye in the first place..

How can a tripod help in such situations? if I am using a tripod whtsetting shud I use?.

Camera exposure settings always depend on the precise strength of the light, so without standing beside you and taking a peep through your viewfinder to see what the meter says..... (shrugs) !!! .

What a tripod does is permit longer shutter speeds than can be hand held, or than can be hand held even with the assistance of Anti Shake mechanisms. So it is that tripod use is the CLASSIC method of continuing to shoot in low light, where exposures can be extended to 10 or 20 seconds, or whatever duration is necessary to allow sufficient light into the camera. Even longer exposures can be built up by "stacking" multiple images and with some special software..

As to the actual exposures required, as always, be guided by your histogram, and make sure that your tripod is a good and solid one... even if that means heavier than is easy to carry..

Will MC 30 cable work on d40.

I don't know. Ask which remote release options are available for D40 on Nikon SLR Forum..

I have a 50mm f1.8 nikkor and find it a bit narrow in suchsituations not perfect for a wide angle shot..

Yes.. a 50mm lens on an APS sized sensor is a bit narrow for interiors. It is more of a head shot and portrait combination....

However, if you are in an experimental mood you could shoot two or more overlapping shots at exactly the same exposure and focus, and stitch them together in post processing?.

Or get that wider angle lens. It doesn't have to be super-wide in maximum aperture when you are using a tripod. In fact, with interior shots you will need to stop down for a bit of Depth of Field, anyway..

I am planning to buy.

A sigma10-20 which is wide but not so fast or tamron 17-50 f2.8 whichi think will b enought for such situations.

Either would be fine, I expect... with the tripod..

My choice would be the wider lens, but I am a bit of a wide-angle junkie, I'm afraid. Regards,Baz..

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