Thanks Luca!! At 12,800, that is less grain than I have at 1600 with either my 30D or 5D!!!
I think I'm gonna call Best Buy to see if they have one in my area. With me shooting so much concert footage, this body alone could pay itself off in a few months. I just sent one of our photographers with the magazine to shoot a show for me and sent her with the 30D. It was sort of a waste because of the 900 images she took, I could only use about 20 because of the blur factor.
Once she pumped the ISO up to 1600, the grain is so pronounced, I could only use the images for thumbnails on the web because of how bad they are
Sort of sucks because we were one of the only magazines in our area to get photo passes to this show. I've spent all afternoon editing her owrk to try and fix what a 12,800 ISO could have solved with a simple turn of a wheel.
Thanks man. Cant wait to see some shots of the puffins with the new lens-body combo! Enjoy Maine and Italy and be safe!