Last week I was using my D3S on Manual mode in my studio when I kept getting erratic exposures. After reviewing the images & the metadata I noticed that even though I was shooting Manual with the settings I dialed the aperture kept changing after every exposure. I stopped using it and got my D300S to finish my session. Today, it happened again while doing a bridal reshoot on location. The aperture kept going up & down on its own after every shot in Manual mode. I tried turning it off & on hoping it was just a hiccup but to no avail. I tried removing the battery for a minute and still no change. Has anybody experience this with their D3S?
Glad that your problem was an easy fix! When compared to the mechanical bodies, the electronic bodies have so many features buried in the menu's and controls that it is very difficult to manage the system. In other words; it is too easy to forget that one changed a setting and it comes back to bite us at the next shoot. There is something to be said about simplicity. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
One thing you might want to do is use your camera's "Save Settings" and "Load Settings" features.
First set up your camera the way you want for your "standard" setup. Then put in an old CF card that you never use any more (you know, one of those 256MB cards from the "old days".) Then use your camera's "Save Settings" menu item to save away your standard setup.
At the beginning of each shoot, put in that old card and use "Load Settings" to re-set your camera to your known, standard configuration.
I actually keep my standard configuration on every single one of my CF cards. I sometimes re-load my standard configuration several times during a shoot just to re-set everything back to a known starting point (without having to remember what I have changed since I last did so). I never re-format the cards (copying images off and then deleting them using the file browser in Windows, instead). I also keep the D3 User Manual on each card (just in case).
Thu 28-Oct-10 08:57 AM | edited Thu 28-Oct-10 09:04 AM by barrywesthead
>One thing you might want to do is use your camera's >"Save Settings" and "Load Settings" >features. > While I agree 100% with the value of ‘save and load settings’, it is not a cure for forgetting to turn off bracketing as it does not override this setting.
One thing you can do while shooting HDR is set the bracketing order to record normal first (although, less convenient when post-processing). That way if you are out shooting and see something you want to grab quickly you will at least get the first shot right. However, if shooting single exposures you will still run into the mysterious changing exposure symptom until you realize bracketing is on. Having done this myself more than once I became more aware of the BKT icon in the viewfinder.
I also agree there is no need to re-format cards. My cards have all been formatted once only (some several years ago).