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PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:16 pm 
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I read that the D90 can suffer with a tendency to over expose, also some of the other models in the range.
Any truth in this?


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Meh. I always have it set to -0.7 exposure compensation. Same story for my D2H.

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I do too some of time, depends on the situation.
I've never really had an issue with it, i just read about it the other day but didn't really get an explanation why it tends to over expose.
My Tokina 11-16mm has been a pain with exposure but i think ive worked out now what's up with that now. ( a different story...)
Like any of this gear you get used to the quirks and work around them.


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With bright sun most days I always use -0.7 exposure on the D7000. Not sure if this is Nikon specific.

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I have 3 Nikon DSLRs, the D40, D80 and D300. They all over-expose in bright conditions due to the Nikon firmware preference for retaining shadow detail. As previous posters have stated, set the exposure compensation to -7 on bright sunny days and if you are using strobes/continuous lighting in a studio. Problem solved!
Not having used a D90 or D2H I didn't know they had similar quirks but I guess it is a general Nikon thing.


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I do tend to dial -0.3 on my d7000 on brighter days (not that we get too many in the UK :lol: )

I read though, that maybe it isn't so much that Nikons tend to over expose slightly, but that it's more to do with their colour settings?

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and if you are using strobes/continuous lighting in a studio


I sincerely hope you're shooting manual in the studio ;)


But yes, all Nikon's seem to overexpose a bit

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All good stuff, i have found myself shifting -EV on brighter days to stop the highlights blowing out.
I have an issue with a Tokina 11-16mm that's been over exposing and made worse with the D90 adding its bit to the problem then.
So trying to work out what's been going on between them has been a bit of a mission..


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"I sincerely hope you're shooting manual in the studio "

Most of the time, although I do like to experiment to see what the camera's auto settings do with certain lighting set ups. I find I use f11 at 1/250th most of the time in manual for studio shots but the cameras come up with some weird settings sometimes in Programme mode or full auto.
Back to the main topic, I am surprised that in most reviews of Nikon cameras I read on the net or in photo magazines hardly anyone mentions the over-exposure tendency. Most reviewers state "the camera nailed the exposure accurately in most conditions", or something similar. I sometimes wonder if these people actually do any shooting with their review cameras.


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its better to over expose and lower it in edit to get the picture you want rather than finding out you've under exposed and and having to increase the exposure while editing as it adds noise to the image


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I beg to disagree, highlight detail is a lot harder to recover than shadow detail.

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As long as you're not clipping your highlights, I agree with Stephen.


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