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With an 80-300mm telephoto zoom lens attached, long-range shots like this are possible. A 35mm system would need a 450mm lens for this shot.
As with any SLR camera the macro capability depends on the lens that's being used. This was taken using a Sigma 28-200mm macro lens.
ISO 200: At this lowest setting there is no noticeable image noise and the shot has plenty of detail.
ISO 400: There is still no image noise and the shot still has good detail, as you can see from the small branches.
ISO 800: Still no image noise, but the noise reduction system is starting to soften the image slightly.
ISO 1600: A little bit of noise is starting to creep into the green channel, and more detail has been lost to noise reduction.
ISO 3200: There is noise visible on this shot, but it still isn't excessive. This setting would only be used in extreme circumstances anyway.