Originally Posted by M_Six
The +1Ev is working well. I use it often, especially indoors. It really does help with noise. I can see where it can blow out some whites. In this pic of my cat, her very white fur is blown out in spots near the bottom of the frame just left of center. Not much noise for a 1600ISO shot, though. Better to have reduced noise, IMO.
NOBODY, except another photographer, will look for the noise in the BG. Women will melt over all the details in your beautiful cat and swear that you're a genious and they've never seen such a beautiful cat. IME, details and cute trump noise every time.
Be realistic about noise and photography becomes much easier flexible. Concentrate on the subject. The lens can see more than our eyes usually see. When you provide a more in-depth view of the familiar, your audience is wowed. This is a perfect example.