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"Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment

Carney2

Allentown, US
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Sun 16-Dec-12 05:45 PM | edited Sun 16-Dec-12 05:46 PM by Carney2

Within the past hour or so I set my D700 Exposure Compensation to -0.3 with the intention of leaving it there for the foreseeable future or maybe even going to a higher negative setting in the future. I've noticed that I am constantly forced to "darken" my exposures in post processing. I know, I know, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we all see things differently, my D700 is not your D700 and it may be "misbehaving" a bit after months and years of use and jostling (but never abuse).

Anyway, I'm just wondering how many of you have made similar "permanent" Exposure Compensation adjustments (either direction) and why.

jgould2

Fort Pierce, US
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#1. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 0

jgould2 Gold Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 13th Oct 2007
Mon 17-Dec-12 02:25 PM

Hi Tom.

The D700 has a setting just for you! "b6 fine tune optimal exposure" in the custom settings menu. I set my D700 to -2/6 and leave it there.

JIM

Carney2

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#2. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 1

Carney2 Silver Member Charter Member
Mon 17-Dec-12 04:22 PM

>Hi Tom.
>
>The D700 has a setting just for you! "b6 fine tune
>optimal exposure" in the custom settings menu. I set my
>D700 to -2/6 and leave it there.
>
>JIM

Thanks. Who knew?! I even went through all the settings at a Nikonians Academy course and still say "Who knew?!" I really have to stay awake in class.

ericbowles

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#3. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 2

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Tue 18-Dec-12 08:32 PM

That same setting is the only way to dial in a 1/6 stop adjustment to exposure - all the other settings for aperture, shutter, ISO and Exp Comp are in increments of 1/3 or 1/2 stop.

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ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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#4. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 0

ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 20-Dec-12 11:13 PM

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Vox Sciurorum

Newton, US
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#5. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 0

Vox Sciurorum Registered since 18th Oct 2007
Sat 22-Dec-12 01:08 AM

Both the D700 and D800 overexpose a bit by my taste and much of the time I use -.5 exposure compensation.

Gray_star

US
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#6. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 0

Gray_star Registered since 17th Dec 2012
Sat 22-Dec-12 01:26 AM

Are you clipping your highlights? If not, then it may be better to adjust the software instead. That way you minimize noise. Most image processors allow you to create a profile or default settings to apply to all images. Just a thought.

Bob32

Chico, US
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#7. "RE: "Permanent" Exposure Compensation Adjustment" | In response to Reply # 0

Bob32 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Jul 2007
Sun 23-Dec-12 06:31 AM

Tom,

When I bought my D700 almost four years ago my initial impression was that it was over-exposing by half a stop, so I set b6 to -3/6. However, after operating the D700 for a short time I realized that it was not over-exposing after all. Therefore, I set b6 back to zero where it has remained ever since. I hardly ever use the exposure compensation button. In fact, the last time I used it was so long ago that I can't remember when it was. I commenced shooting RAW exclusively a year ago and find that any tweaking of exposure that may be required is easily accomplished in Adobe Camera RAW.

Bob

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