I had a great birthday this year, got my moon beam alarm clock, a carving knife, a gift certificate to Bill Watson's chicken in Frederick, MD and of course..... a D2H.
Will I go back and play with my D100?... not for awhile. Lots to learn with this puppy. I remember Scott Wong's enthusiasm with his D1X, I feel it. Oh do I feel it.
Anyway, to the point of this post. I have played with this camera now for about 3 days and have come to some points I would like to discuss.
The WB in bright to medium light, indoors or out, seems to be right on, however when inside in low light situations where one might use ISO's of 1200 or higher I see the White Balance failing. Is this typical?
Auto focus is dead on, however I am still trying to play with its tracking ability and not having much luck. This is more my fault than the camera's I am sure.
OK, now... with the camera on Auto everything, default settings of ISO 200 and such, I am getting some of the best shots ever. The sharpness of the images is fantastic. Now don't laugh, but when I went from my coolpix 995 to the D100, I was disappointed to say the least. The images were underexposed and no sharpness to the point I complained the camera did not focus correctly. I soon was educated in Anti-alias filters, their effects and the need for post processing or setting the sharpness in the camera to give me what I expected.
Now the D2H is doing exactly what I think is should do on Auto everything! And it even says this in the manual!! I am now a happy camper. (By the way, my wife got this baby for me....I guess I wore out the brochure reading it every night)
I am not a professional, this is a hobby for me and now I have a professional working tool to play with. I have done a few weddings for relatives and they praised my work (what else could they say, I was free ) Lets hope I can learn what the D2H is capable of and use it to the best of its ability.
>The WB in bright to medium light, indoors or out, seems to >be right on, however when inside in low light situations >where one might use ISO's of 1200 or higher I see the White >Balance failing. Is this typical?
Auto WB only goes down so far on the Kelvin scale. I can't remember the lower limit offhand, but for typical indoor 100 to 60 watt incandescant lighting, you should use the incandescant, K, or preset WB. Auto doesn't go low enough.
I have a lot of D2H images in my Daytona and Istook/Aines racing galleries, which are linked below. The EXIF data will say which camera was used.
Well happy birthday, although "happy" seems to be an understatement in this case
Having only owned my D2H for a couple of months and not wanting to give any bad advice on the settings but here is one I beleive works setting the "tone" to normal seems to make the images look like they have even less noise at high ISO's than in auto (to much contrast makes the noise stand out a little more, and Id rather control it in RAW)
Thanks for the birthday wishes and advice. I have jumped in deep into the menus on the D2H and set what I believe to be the generic settings such as file numbering sequence and I will try the tone setting to see if it works for me.
I do not seem to have a problem with noise as of yet. I will give a full report on what I see after a few larger prints from my developer and also I need to acquire Capture 4.
The excitement you feel about using your D2H will not fade. It's a great camera and the more time you spend with it the more you'll come to appreciate the new technology and the the trmendous amout of options it offers the studious photographer.
Congrats on the new camera.
Steve H. my best image will hopefully be the next one I take.
I have performed a very simple experiment to see what noise levels to expect as I adjust the D2H's ISO settings from 200 to 1600. Of course at 200 it is great. As I increase the setting to 800, I started to notice background noise in the darker areas of the printed photos. At 1600, yes you can see the noise in the shadow areas easily and in the lighter non-textured areas of the photograph. I printed all photos at Costco at 12" x 18" glossy. One I cropped 50% and printed at the aforementioned size.
I was very pleased with all the results. This is with no adjustments in the camera. Once I have a good idea as to what settings do justice with my photographic skills, I believe that even at 1600 ISO, most pictures will be fit to print without software intervention.
I am a big one for software though, I use capture 4, photoshop 7, and Elements along with corel.