Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:05 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: D40 Question
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:45 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:08 am
Posts: 201
Location: London, UK
I have a quick question regarding the Nikon D40. Well actually its two questions. First, whats the general thinking on Ken Rockwell's online guide to the D40 (http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40/us ... /index.htm)?

I ask in particular because this guide states "I set my exposure compensation to -0.7 because my D40's metering firmware is defective, just like the D80's meter. It usually overexposes." Do people agree with this statement and advice?

Thanks!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 11:52 am 
Offline
Moderator

Joined: Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:13 am
Posts: 379
Location: Sale, UK
It's always best to take Ken's advice with a huge pinch of salt.

_________________
Nikon D80, Nikkor lenses: 35mm f1.8 G AF-S DX, 50mm f/1.8 AF D, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF AF-S DX, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR, SB800 flash
My photos on SmugMug


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jun 22, 2007 3:30 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2007 6:08 am
Posts: 201
Location: London, UK
Specifically with regards to the exposure compensation though, what do people think?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2007 12:00 am 
Hello Steve!

If I remember correctly - during my first month or two with the D40 I shot in JPEG, 3D Matrix Metering and sRGB III - just loved the enhanced blues and greens in sRGB III :wink: - but the associated tone curve was a bit too contrasty and clipped the highlights in some cases. At that time I did use a -0.3 exposure compensation when shooting in bright light...

You also need to be careful with Nikon's 3d Matrix Metering - although it's supposed to consider the entire frame equally, it does give a bit of priority to the area containing the active focus sensor - not as much as on the D80... from what I've read. The center weighted average and spot metering modes conform to everybody's common understanding of what they should do. So, I wouldn't say it's a bug... it's a feature! LOL
Just make sure you use the appropriate metering mode for your shot.

For me it wasn't such a big issue because I used -0.3 and sometimes even -0.7 on the P&S cameras I owned before the D40.

When Adobe updated ACR to read D40 NEFs I switched to RAW and reset the EC to 0.0. with NEFs I seldom have to compensate my pictures with more than +/- 0.5 in PP (like one in a hundred).

Darrin


Top
  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group