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D800E...red traffic lights are yellow

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"RE: D800E...red traffic lights are yellow"

venusian Registered since 17th Dec 2008
Thu 15-Nov-12 08:08 PM

Thank you again for the helpful comments. I went to a local town and shot traffic lights from -0.7 EV to - 5.0 EV. There's no question that the yellow shifts to a reddish color at the expense of underexposure.

I also looked at some of Ming Thein's street shots at night and his camera also registers red traffic lights as yellow.

I'm kind of surprised. As I understand it, matrix metering is driven by thousands of metered scenes that Nikon feels contribute to proper exposure. I guess there is nothing in that digital information related to red traffic lights that makes them appear in true color without creating severe underexposure. Perhaps I'm misunderstanding the technology.

Nick (Roxbury, Connecticut Nikonian)

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