Yesterday was a press conference at the National Guard headquarters where Major General L. Scott Rice was introduced as the interim head of the Massachusetts National Guard. I won’t get into the details of the story, but if you’re interested, you can read more about it here. The press conference room was dark, with fluorescent lighting which is always a challenge. Normally I would setup an off-camera flash to bump up the light so I could hopefully (pray to the ambient light gods) get 1600 ISO. But, this time around I thought I’d put the high ISO capabilities of the new Canon 5D MKIII to the test. So, with that, I cranked the ISO to 3200 (which I normally shy away from), left the flash in the car (the batteries are dead anyways) and didn’t look back. I was really impressed with the image quality at 3200 ISO in this real world scenario. The images were shot as jpegs and filed to the desk straight out of the camera. I think the color and contrast are a little flat, but that is easily remedied in the camera. That said, some bounced flash off to one side probably would have made a better photo, but it sure is nice to have a useable ISO 3200 and 6400 (gasp!) at ones disposal.