#5. "RE: weird haze possible defect?" In response to Reply # 4 Sat 26-Sep-09 02:52 AM by TiggerGTO
Your metering mode is also spot metering. If your focus point is on something dark, it's going to try to make it neutral gray and overexpose the rest of the image. The second image looks like it supposed to be a mug wrapped in black leather. If you'll notice, the black looks fairly close to neutral gray.
Try changing your metering mode to matrix metering.
#6. "RE: weird haze possible defect?" In response to Reply # 0
Don't worry about your equpment here. There is nothing wrong with it at all.
As others have already alluded; the pictures are simply over-exposed. In the case of the cup; the spot meter was pointed directly at the black leather covering. The camera exposed for that, therefore massively overexposing the rest of the image.
I tweaked the picture a little in lightroom; reduced the overall exposure and increasing the clarity setting. The cup was then perfectly clear, with some other areas still overexposed. The haze was gone.
If you look at the histogram for the image, all of the data is on the right, and much it is crammed in the far-right where the detail is lost to over-exposure.
I am sure that, were you to take the same picture again, this time using the matrix metering setting. The result would be more in line with your expectations.
As I am sure you are becoming very aware, the D700 is huge leap away from your old Canon, and takes some getting used to. I found this when I want from a D70 to a D200; it was a similarly big jump. The D700 is a very fine camera. I am very happy with mine.
#7. "RE: weird haze possible defect?" In response to Reply # 6
Limal (near Brussels), BE
I agree with what's said above : the haze seems to be a severe lack of contrast due to overexposure, result of the spot metering you used. Normally, the D700 exposes very well even in difficult conditions ! So, be sure you've made the good choice buying the D700