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Help with exposure on D80

fgottlieb

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fgottlieb Registered since 01st Jun 2006
Wed 16-Jan-08 01:12 PM

This isn't a D80 overexposure bashing. I really want to learn whether I am exposing properly of if there's a problem with my camera.

I was testing exposure with my D80 and the problem that I keep having is that the sky is always blown out whenever there are any clouds. I am not sure if I am doing something wrong or if my camera is defective or if this is the famous overexposure problem.

The first picture is as shot

Matrix Metering
f/7.1
1/200
ISO 400

I wanted to get the sky to not overexpose so I added -0.3 exposure compensation for the second shot.

f/8
1/250

still, no sky. I even tried it at -1.0 and still no detail.

Just for kicks, I took out my old (4 years) Pentax Optio 750Z. A 7 MP P&S and that's the last shot which, in my eyes, is better than any of the 2 taken with the Nikon at balancing the cloudy sky and the house.

When I metered the sky with the Nikon, it comes out beautifully, but the rest of the image was completely dark.

See here

http://www.flickr.com/photos/fgottlieb/?saved=1

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Fernando

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