I just started using a D2H camera my brother gave me. I bought a 18-55mm lens (I know...you get what you pay for) as my entry lens until I can spring for something nice. Anyway, I took some photos inside and they came out fine. However, every photo I take outside is 'white'. Setting is 'P' and I haven't messed with anything except take pictures. I know the D2H has more buttons and settings than a Boeing 747, but I can't figure out what is happening with my outdoor shots. Any help is greatly appreciated.
Mon 14-Feb-11 03:06 AM | edited Mon 14-Feb-11 03:06 AM by MEMcD
Welcome to the forum. For some reason the images are over exposed. Is the display in the viewfinder indicating HI? I suspect that the ISO might be set to a high setting. What do you have the ISO set to? Could you post an image with the Exif data? Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Could be the sticking Aperture blades. To check: Set the camera in Manual exposure mode. Set the Aperture (f/#) to f/16. press the DOF Preview button on the front of the camera. Does the viewfinder get dark when the DOF preiview button is pressed?
If not, the Aperture blades are sticking open or the stop down mechanism on the camera is not working.
If it does get dark we will think of something else.
Is the meter is "Spot Metering" mode and you focused on a dark subject? Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
The Shutter Speed of 1/2 sec. would indicate very low ambient lighting and therefore a possible problem with the metering system or shutter mechanism. This of course assumes that you captured the image in daylight conditions. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Best guess is a metering problem or an outside chance of a shutter problem.
Verify that the Exposure Compensation is set to zero (0), though the Exif data you provided inicates that it already is at zero.
Try setting the camera in Manual exposure mode and use the meter in the viewfinder to set the exposure. Is the image still over exposed? Check the Exif data and confirm that the Shutter Speed, & Aperture match what you had set in the camera.
If the shutter speed you set does not match the shutter speed indicated in the Exif data; You could also try tripping the shutter at various speeds to determine by sound if there is a problem with the shutter. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Also, check the serial number of the camera and call up Nikon if it's below 203xxxx. The early D2H bodies had meter board failures that cropped up randomly. It's possible that the camera you own needs to have the board replaced. If you get it to Nikon before this August, the repair will be done free of charge.
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I just got back from Dury's in Nashville and after having 2 Nikon experts look at the camera, they suggested I send it to Nikon for an evaluation. The issue is overexposure and they were able to trick the camera by stepping down the auto exposure (-5) and setting F stop against a light meter. It worked great inside the store, but still an issue outdoors. Thanks for the suggestion on the serial number; my in 200xxx. I'm going to look into sending it for service and hopefully I can get the issue resolved.