I usually take pictures in NEF format, using either cloudy or couldy -3 WB settings. My camera (D100) still has firmware ver 1.00.
I've seen several picture posts looking good using auto-WB settings, but how come my camera gives very "cool"/bluish picture in auto WB ?
Does firmware affect the functionality/performance of auto WB ? Does my camera, being the early batch, not perform optimally ?
Please help. Thanks.
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#1. "RE: auto-WB settings" | In response to Reply # 0darrellyoung Registered since 21st Apr 2006Thu 10-Oct-02 12:45 AM
I think that the version 1.0 firmware had a problem with Auto-WB, but I was thinking it was under florescent light, mostly. In any case, the primary reason for the vs 1.0 to vs 1.1 upgrade was for the White Balance problems.
#2. "RE: auto-WB settings" | In response to Reply # 1AlanC Basic MemberThu 10-Oct-02 09:03 AM
The problem in the v1.00 firmware was that the white balance bracketing - where the camera saves several versions of the same shot using different settings - didn't work if you previewed the shot on the LCD while the camera was still processing. There was no problem with the white balance itself being inaccurate.
The success of the auto white balance is very dependent on what you have in your shot; it's possible for the camera to get things wrong in either direction although it does tend to the 'cool' side, as indeed do the presets: you may have noticed that the 'Direct Sunlight' preset is rather on the cold side, hence the reason many people favour "Cloudy -3" or "Shade +3" as a standard daylight setting.
You might like to take a look at this previous thread on white balance settings, where Roger Rowlett (RRowlett) posted a useful reference to the settings.
#3. "RE: auto-WB settings" | In response to Reply # 2slow_driver Basic MemberThu 10-Oct-02 10:30 AM
I have found that the Auto WB on the D100 is completely unpredictable. If you are uncertain of what WB to use, you are better off to pre-set it (or do trial shots and make a ball park guess from the LCD). BTW, the bracketing of WB is a great feature and I use for any tricky situation.