Any Nikon D100 users here?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Kevin, Aug 30, 2003.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Hey, guys. My boss at work as lent me his D100 for the weekend.
    He wants to know why his pictures are all coming out dark-looking.
    The first thing I checked was the manual auto exposure compensation,
    but it seems to be normal (set to none). What else would I check
    for? Would "White Balance" have anything to do with it? What should
    that be set at?

    If all else fails, I'll just set the AE compensation to +1 and give
    it back to him. He's not exactly camera-savvy (yah, I know what
    you're thinking, "then why does he have a D100?" - he has the money
    and loves his toys. :) ), and leaves the camera permanently in 'P'
    mode. Will manual AE compensation still apply in 'P' mode?

    Any tips would be appreciate, I have a couple days to experiment
    with it. The camera goes back on Tuesday.

    Kevin, Aug 30, 2003
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    j.pring2 Guest

    Dear Kevin,
    Politely suggest he reads the manual that comes with the camera.
    j.pring2, Aug 31, 2003
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    TJMcG Guest

    White balance will change the color, but not the exposure. He probably
    doesn't know how to meter. Make sure the metering is set to Matrix, not spot

    I personally shoot in S mode always, but that's just habit and not
    recommended for a point and shooters. P should give good results.

    Best wishes,


    Q.: What is the opposite of progress?
    A.: Congress
    TJMcG, Aug 31, 2003
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    Dakota Guest

    Hi Kevin,
    It is a well known issue that the D100 shoots a little dark. The
    reason given is that once the whites are blown out, you can never
    retrieve them. So the gook folks at Nikon figured everything should
    be a little dark.

    I agree with Jerry D. I shoot almost exclusively at +0.7 EV. You do
    have to watch for conditions that will throw the metering off, but
    generally 0.7 will do it.

    Some folks change the WB. I tried that and didn't like the results,
    and it didn't solve the dark image issue.

    Have fun with the bosses toy.

    Bradenton, FL
    Dakota, Aug 31, 2003
  5. Kevin

    TJMcG Guest

    Have you tried the preset white balance Bill? One guy I met uses a Pringle's
    cap over the lens to set the white balance. Alternatively, you can shoot a
    white card. It's surprising how little time it takes, and you have white
    balance tailored to the existing light. Just a thought.

    Best wishes,

    TJMcG, Aug 31, 2003
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    Paul Dyer Guest

    Hi Kevin - Many ;-)

    As several others have said, the D100 does automatically take a darker
    image but that is to retain detail in light areas. I prefer it that way
    because I can always adjust later for what I want. Still on occasions I
    shoot with anything up to -1 EV to retain detail and stop blow-out.

    White balance will only effect colour temperature and not any other
    content of the image. For outdoor shots I always leave the camera on

    For the shooting program I primarily use 'P' and use the thumb wheel to
    adjust for fast of slow shutter. Also use 'A' quite a bit and on
    occasion full manual.

    I think the problem is likely to be the metering mode selected. If he's
    taking mainly landscapes he will generally get better results with
    matrix metering. For portrait and macro use spot metering but watch in
    the view finder for the spot that has been selected. I got a lot of very
    disappointing shots when the spot moved to the left side of the frame
    for some reason - had to study the manual to find out how to move it
    back ;-) When using Spot metering you will need to meter for the subject
    area required for the shot, lock the exposure by pressing the shutter
    release half way, and then compose and take the shot.

    The best option would be for you to persuade your boss he would get on
    better with a CP 5700 and to donate the D100 in your direction ;-)



    Ipswich, Suffolk, UK
    (Nikon D100, 2 X Nikon FM2, and Nikon F301)

    Hints, Tips, and constructive comment always welcome.
    Paul Dyer, Aug 31, 2003
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    Alan F Cross Guest

    It's also worthwhile ensuring that the computer monitor is reasonably
    sell set up.

    I once designed a web site with a British Racing Green background. One
    colleague asked why I'd chosen black, until I emailed him a grey wedge
    and suggested he set brightness and contrast so he could see all 20
    bars. Problem solved. It might be the same thing here.
    Alan F Cross, Aug 31, 2003
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    Kevin Guest

    Thanks for the tips, guys, but one quick question: how do I set it to
    Matrix metering? I'm assuming the metering dial is the one surrounding
    the AE/AL button, the ring with the 3 icons (a circle, a circle with
    4 squares around it, etc.), right? Which one do I set it to for "matrix"
    metering; the one with the circle and 4 squares?

    Kevin, Sep 1, 2003
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    TJMcG Guest

    That's correct, Kevin. But, (this is from the manual, p.75):

    "Matrix metering will not produce the desired results with autoexposure lock
    (p. 84) or exposure compensation (p. 86), but is recommended in most other
    circumstances. Center weighted metering is the classic meter for portraits,
    preserving background details while letting lighting conditions at the
    center of the frame determine exposure."

    In other words, Setting the camera to matrix metering (the center one) and
    the main dial to "P" should give good results, but if you want to get
    creative, or lock exposure and recompose, you should probably set metering
    to center weighted, the top one. (looks like (o).

    People often call cameras like this "my new toy," but in fact I think we all
    know that a toy it is not. It is a serious camera for serious photographers,
    and as such, takes some time to learn operate properly. Tell your boss that
    the manual is very thorough, starting with basic camera controls and
    operation and progressing to complicated photographic situations, but that
    he will have to read it before the info is of any use. If you want to spend
    your time learning it and then teaching him how it works, that's your
    business, but it won't help him much until he learns to do something for
    himself. If you don't want to tell him this yourself, refer him to me. I
    love to tell off the big shots...

    Best wishes,



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    Two signs from a Majorcan shop entrance:

    English well talking. Here speeching American.
    TJMcG, Sep 1, 2003
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    Dan R Guest

    I am planning to purchase a Nikon D100 this week. Almost bought the 5700,
    until I tested the D100 WOW what a difference. Had to come home and save a
    few pennies (over 2x the $$). And of course, justify it in simple terms to
    the wife. <grin>
    All this info in the D100 is very helpful to me. Thanks for all the input !!

    Dan R.

    PS. Kevin: I agree with the post to buy your boss a 5700 and keep the D100.
    hehe good luck!
    Dan R, Sep 2, 2003
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