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slothead

Frederick, US
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slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009
Wed 16-Nov-11 05:43 PM

Has anyone here tried it? I have been using it now and then, but am not very impressed with it.

I programmed the Fn button to set it to ON (it stays ON only for one capture then turns itself OFF), and used that too.

The selections for HDR control allow you to pick the exposure difference between the two images it uses for the final HDR file. As I recall it ranges from EV0.3 to EV3 or something like that. I have tried it at both EV2 and EV3 and didn't see a lot of difference.

My biggest pet peeve is that it doesn't keep the two recorded images so that you can compare the final to either of them (or if it does, I sure don't know where to find them).

Tom
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Leonard62

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Wed 16-Nov-11 06:09 PM

Hi Tom,
I've taken a few photos with HDR and generally find it's not that impressive depending on the scene dynamic range. The HDR range is 1EV, 2EV or 3EV. It acts similar to the shadow/highlight adjustment in CS3 or above. It moves the black level to the right to lighten up the shadows. This is a dark scene as it was raining at the time.

Here's a scene shot with the HDR setting set to 2 EV.

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Here's the same scene without HDR.
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I can see where it might help the right scene but generally my landscape photos look better without it.

Len

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slothead

Frederick, US
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slothead Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 11th Aug 2009
Wed 16-Nov-11 07:28 PM

Good feedback Len. And I stand corrected on the EV range available. I have made some images that look slightly better in the HDR mode, but nothing that I would write home about.

Thanks for contributing.

Tom
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DavidN4

Johns Creek, US
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DavidN4 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Thu 17-Nov-11 12:30 AM

I've used the HDR function quite a few times. I've found that it helps me make interior shots balanced easily, where I have a bright window in the shot. Quick and easy for me, without even needing to use any fill flash.
It didn't look right on landscape shots to me, just where I had extreme contrast in the shot, from differnt lighting.

Andy47

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Andy47 Registered since 20th Aug 2011
Thu 17-Nov-11 02:29 PM

I hate to say this, but the HDR on the Sony Nex7 I bought for my daughter works a heck of a lot better.

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BillFuchs

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BillFuchs Registered since 09th Nov 2011
Sat 19-Nov-11 08:10 PM

I purchased the D5100 specifically for the HDR function (so I am obligated to use it I suppose). For my purpose, which is to photograph homes at twilight with only ambient light, it is excellent. It captures shots that would otherwise require flash, image processing, or simply have undesirable shaded areas. Like you, I programed the timer Fn button to activate HDR, and at first was rather upset I didn't have the option to leave the camera permanantely in the HDR mode, but all has worked out as it turns out about 50% of the photos made during a typical shoot are HDR, the balance are with flash. Regardless, I don't like giving up the self timer button, and would like to see greater flexibility with my choice of which button to give up (if there is one I could give up). I'm quite sure you won't be able to get to the two images, as they are processed into one photo I understand. What you describe about the Fn button being good for only one shot is operating as designed. We can only hope Nikon is listening and at a minumum, allows the Fn button to be a toggle on/off. I suppose the good news is the Fn button has the raised white plastic dot next to it, so I'm able to quickly locate it and press; it has become rather automatic for me (but yes, dumb design).

G