I agree, my preference is the lowest I can get away with!The lowest ISO I can get away with!
I wrote this article which is on point to your question forWhat is your favorite iso speed and why?
Yeah i don't have a preference though like many people, the lower the better for obviosu reasons. The D200 isn't regarded as a high ISO machine, but I don't mind using high ISOs, sometimes grain gives 'character' to an image and for the most part noise is easy to remove from the D200 as it is comprised of luminance noise (as opposed to color). People spend too much time worrying about sharpness and noise, and not enough time enjoying photography :smile:Thing is...there is often not enough light to shoot at base ISO and still have a respectable shutterspeed. For myself, I started having much more success when I shed my fear of higher ISO, and replaced it with a fear of slow shutterspeeds. I'll take 400 ISO anyday if that's what it takes to get above 1/125th. Now, I tend to think of ISO just like film speed, and I start off in 400 iso if its cloudy etc.