Sun 13-Feb-11 12:41 AM | edited Mon 14-Feb-11 01:05 AM by wulph
>I have owned my D7000 for about 6 weeks and have shot >hundreds of images, mostly in Aperture Priority. A while back >I made a post on the forum about excessive noise - turns out, >of course, this was due to under-exposure, causing shadows to >be noisy even at low ISOs. Gradually I have built up U1 & >U2 menus, the first for daylight shooting and the second for >low light. In both I have set the exposure fine-tune to +.7 >EV. This has resulted in much better exposed shots across the >board. Naturally there are times when I have to dial in -EV >for a particularly bright scene, or even more +EV for a dull >scene. I find it strange that, whereas the majority of >complaints about exposure on the D7000 have been about >over-exposure, my own experience has been the opposite! Any >fellow under-exposers out there? (By the way, I do know about >the AE-L and have dedicated the AE-l/AE-F button to >AE-L(Hold), which I use in some situations.) > >I was interested to hear Bryan Peterson's comment that he has >his D300S permanently set on -.7 EV. That made me feel a >little better, even though it's not the same Nikon model.
My name is Gym......I'm a fellow under-exposer....... Seriously, I've shot about 500 images with my D7000 in the three weeks I've owned it, and I couldn't agree more with your findings. The camera under exposes up to a full 1 EV at all times, regardless of conditions, D-lighting settings, lens, etc. I use View NX2 to view and edit, but the under exposure is so significant it is easily detected on the camera's LCD.
So, I've somewhat come to accept this and I have created a U1 config of +.3 for bright light conditions and U2 at +.7 for low light. These are starting points, of course, with final exposure compensation being made in the camera for many shots or in PP using View NX2 (which works quite well in this regard, actually.)
So, should I (or we) accept this? As an amateur, maybe I should. Do pro's accept this kind of behavior and also just dial in appropriate adjustments and consider them to be the new defaults? My D90 was much easier to get along with on this matter (and auto white balance was much better, too, especially for mixed and incandescent lighting - but that's a subject for other posts).
In the final analysis, images from the D7000, edited in the free View NX2, blow away anything I was able to do with my D90. But I just can't get past the fact that many images exposed properly in the D90 without any compensation adjustment, while not a single image comes out of the D7000 (when it is set in the factory default condition) that does not require post production exposure work.