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Lightroom 3 and high ISO 102,400 noise reduction quality

Adobe’s new version of Lightroom has some serious new improvements in noise reduction. Here are 4 images at ISO 102,400 and 51,200 on a Nikon D3s processed with LR3. This is one good reason to shoot in RAW as when I first looked at these images in Lightroom 2 they were horrible. But re-processed in LR3 they’re amazing. Here are some images shot at f2.8 1/1000th at Darebin. At a stadium the lighting is good for ISO 2500 but at club grounds like Darebin it’s about 5 f-stops dimmer so LR3 makes shooting at these venues possible.
ISO 102400 examples with and without NR:
ISO 102400 Lightroom 2 NR
ISO 102400 no noise reduction
ISO 102400 Lightroom 2 NR
ISO 102400 no noise reduction
ISO 51,200 examples:
ISO 51200 Lightroom 2 NR
ISO 51200 no noise reduction
ISO 51200 Lightroom 2 NR
ISO 51200 no noise reduction

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