Once, in my N80, I stuck in a roll of MAX 400, and it read 160. Then this weekend, I stuck in a roll of Fuji Reala 100, and it read 25. It just worries me because does that mean I have to check the ISO every time I load a roll of film? Has anyone else noticed this with their N80, or is it the film?
Jason ------- "Film is cheap, opportunity is expensive."
Well, three things may be happening: a) the contacts are dirty (with oil from fingers) or b) the DX strips on your film canisters are, or c) your batteries are low. A good practice is to forget about DX and always make certain that when you load a new roll you have set -manually- the correct ISO speed. To clean the contacts you can use a lint-free cloth slightly damped with alcohol.
This happened to me once - mid-film! I was at a football match and the first 10 frames were OK, and it suddenly switched from ISO 400 to ISO 25... Pathetic. Of course, I found this out after shooting another 15 frames. Never happened in 10 years and 800 rolls of film in my Pentax Z-10.
Anyway, I agree with the advice: Set the ISO manually each time you load a new film. I have custom settings set up to revert to DX each time a new film is loaded (could be default setting). As soon as I see the DX symbol on the LCD I have nightmares and it immediately reminds me to over-ride it. This has worked for 200 rolls since and only takes a couple of seconds.
For what it's worth, custom setting 2 allows you to disable the automatic DX when a new roll is inserted. Your post, and my insecurities about blowing an important shoot have prompted me to do just that moments ago. I'm still wondering what the heck caused it to happen to you in the first place. I was raised a Catholic-- and the nuns had the perfect answer-- "That my child is a mystery." ---
Shoot everything f/16 at a 100 and let the lab boys worry about it.
"Shoot everything f/16 at a 100 and let the lab boys worry about it."
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I tend to agree with George. a couple of weeks ago I was shooting along a tree line out back with my N80 and K-1000. I loaded both cameras before going out and I have become so used to just loading and going I forgot to set the K-1000 down to 400 from 800. Although I loved the pics when I saw them it was black and white film and they really looked great. I was lucky.
"Metal detectors don't talk" T.W. 2003. Reference the Tinman "If I only had a heart."
It's an important question. But like I said above, you should leave the F80 to reset back to DX after each new roll of film is loaded.
Advantages: - If you forget to reset the F80 remembers... - When you load a new film, you see the DX symbol appear on LCD. It is pretty hard to miss as you are watching this to check that the film has loaded.
The question here is the concern about the N80 not setting the film speed correctly or changing it mid-roll and not on the advantage/disadvantages of having the speed set automatically. As usual the Old Nikonians can't bear to have a bad word sad about the camera that they have to change the subject.
As a recent Nikonian I am worried:'(
p.s. JRP when I set up my scanner I'll post some examples re: bad exposure.
Snapper, it seems that your bad experience with your N80 has embittered you with us here at Nikonians. Re-read the posts. Do you really think someone changed the topic to cover up something?
Since you are a "recent" Nikonian, relax, read a few old posts, hang around for a while and see how things go. Nikon really isn't paying us enough to gloss over bad equipment.
Any overly zealous support for Nikon is _purely_ engendered by the success we have with our equipment. The N80 is good equipment and believe me (or check old posts) we have anaylzed and evaluated this poor camera to death. If we have magnified its strengths we have more than done so with its weaknesses. If you think it is all hype, sell your N80 and buy a brand that is hype free. Good luck.
No offense has been taken, yet, and I hope none was intended, but we "Old Nikonians" are grown up enough to call it like it is and have been doing so for a while. That is why there are over 8500 members here. So give us a chance before accusing us of being on the payroll.