More D80 Exposure and Auto-Bracketing Questions....

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by BRH, Sep 18, 2007.

  1. BRH

    BRH Guest

    Sorry to ask so many questions here about the D80, but I find the manual
    to be a bit confusing....

    I have a few questions:

    1. After changing some of the camera's settings, I can no longer get
    auto-bracket to take 3 shots with one extended shutter release press.
    If I press the release 3 times in short order, I still get 3 shots
    exposure-bracketed the way I want. But I would like to have this happen
    by just holding down the shutter release once. What setting do I need
    to adjust to accomplish this?

    2. Exactly how does the AE-L/AF-L button work? I have this set to
    AE-Lock only. Do I need to keep it pressed to lock in the exposure or
    not? It seems that sometimes the exposure gets locked in and sometimes
    it doesn't.

    Any help with these questions would be appreciated!
     
    BRH, Sep 18, 2007
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    acl Guest

    I've never used a D80 but, if it's like the D200, set it to continuous
    shooting mode (ie so that holding the shutter release down causes it
    to keep taking pictures). Then it'll take 3 shots and pause (if you
    set bracketing to 3 shots).
    It's not that hard, experiment! (and play with the custom settings
    too, on the D200, what happens depends on the custom settings).
     
    acl, Sep 18, 2007
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  3. BRH

    Paul Furman Guest

    That's CH or CL on the dial on the top left... Continuous High speed, or
    Continuous Low speed instead of S for Single. The same place you set it
    to timer or Mup (mirror-lockup).
    Also look at the FUNC. button settings (for the D200 anyways), the
    button on the front bottom can be set to serve some of these
    functions... it is pretty confusing, I had to spend some serious time
    with the manual to figure out how I wanted it to be set up.
     
    Paul Furman, Sep 18, 2007
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  4. BRH

    BRH Guest

    Hmmm.... Perhaps the D200 is different? The dial on the top left of the
    D80 does not have a CH, CL or S. Well, it does have an S, but that's
    for Shutter Priority. That dial is how you select the shooting mode (ie
    - Shutter Priority; Scene modes, etc).

    I'll check out the timer settings, but I'm charging the camera's battery
    at the moment.

    On the bright side, I think that I've figured out how the AE-L/AF-L
    Button works now.

    Thanks.
     
    BRH, Sep 19, 2007
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  5. BRH

    Robert Brace Guest

    BRH:
    The D80 has no ability to select the frame rate (shooting speed) when
    using Continuous shooting. It is simply chosen with the "Shooting Mode
    Button" (#26, Pg 2 of the Users Manual). Pushing the button repeatedly
    cycles through the available choices. Therefore, CH (Continuous High
    speed), CL (Continuous Low speed) and S (Single Frame shooting), as we know
    it from the "Pro" series bodies and the D200, do not exist on the D80.
    The "Bracketing Button" (#3, Pg 2), combined with the info on Pg 56 and
    140 will give you all the info you need on available bracketing choices and,
    when combined with the "Continuous" setting on the "Mode Button" should give
    you the ability of taking the complete bracketing sequence with one
    continuous push of the shutter release instead of two or more (depending
    upon your bracketing settings) separate pushes of the shutter release.
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Sep 19, 2007
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  6. BRH

    BRH Guest

    Thanks, Bob.

    That -- along with my realization that bracketing only works when
    shooting JPGs or RAW+JPGs -- did the trick! (I was shooting in RAW
    only). Duh!
     
    BRH, Sep 19, 2007
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    acl Guest

    Bracketing should also work with raw only, unless perhaps if you have
    set the camera to do white balance bracketing (instead of exposure
    bracketing)...
     
    acl, Sep 20, 2007
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  8. BRH

    Robert Brace Guest

    Only White Balance bracketing and using a specific Kelvin colour temperature
    settings for white balance prevent Multi shot (bracketing) from being used.
    The regular bracketing modes of AE, AE+Flash and Flash alone are still
    available when shooting RAW alone or with any JPEG combination or JPEG
    alone.
    Bob
     
    Robert Brace, Sep 20, 2007
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  9. BRH

    BRH Guest


    Nope. It's definitely set for exposure bracketing. Somewhere in the
    manual, it says bracketing only works with JPGs. But I find that if the
    camera is set for RAW+JPG, both RAW and JPG get bracketed. When set to
    JPG only, bracketing also works. However, when set to RAW only, no dice.

    Apparently, as long as JPG's are being shot in some manner, bracketing
    will work, even for RAW files.
     
    BRH, Sep 20, 2007
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  10. BRH

    BRH Guest

    Thanks, Bob. I'll have to look into this further. From what I recall
    reading, even exposure bracketing isn't available if shooting RAW alone.

    Too late to look it up tonight, though.
     
    BRH, Sep 20, 2007
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    acl Guest

    Strange. I took a quick look in the D80 manual here
    http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/manuals/noprint/D80_noprint.pdf
    and on p. 56-57 (where bracketing is discussed) it doesn't say
    anything. What you describe sounds quite strange. But if you say so...

    To check that I understand what you say correctly: What happens if you
    set the camera to raw mode, continuous shooting and set it to bracket
    3 shots, then press and hold the shutter release? Does it 1) take 1
    shot and stop? 2) take 3 bracketed shots and stop? 3) keep taking
    shots (ie more than 3), all at the same exposure? 4) Other?
     
    acl, Sep 21, 2007
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  12. BRH

    BRH Guest

    What I wrote sounds strange because I was DEAD WRONG! I ran your
    experiment, and the answer is......#2. It takes 3 shots, all at a
    different exposure, then stops.

    I don't know where I got the idea that it had to be set to JPEG. Sorry
    for the misinformation!
     
    BRH, Sep 21, 2007
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