#1. "RE: flash modes for d1h" | In response to Reply # 0ZoneV Nikonian since 07th Jan 2005Tue 07-Jan-14 09:08 PM | edited Tue 07-Jan-14 09:13 PM by ZoneV
>I have a 28DX flash that I will be using with a d1h. What are
>the top three favorite flash modes along with the metering
>modes that emight be the best recommended combination.
A lot of people recommend "AA" auto aperture mode over D-TTL, saying it's more accurate. But I actually have better luck with D-TTL and prefer it. Now, it's far less accurate than the old 3D-multisensor-balanced fill flash of the film bodies (which I feel was the most accurate TTL flash metering ever, since it used OTF "off-the-film" metering). But I haven't noticed it to be that much worse than the current iTTL on a D200 under normal circumstances. Then again, I'm the type of guy who usually applies flash compensation anyway.
D-TTL uses a preflash that gets reflected off of the gray shutter curtain to predict flash output, so under some conditions it might produce the wrong exposure.
At night when there's a lot of black background, I use -1.7EV. Otherwise, the flash will overexpose. This is also one of those cases where I do find the LCD on the camera is not accurate, even with the LCD dialed all the way down to the dimmest setting. Just realize your photos taken at night may be about a half stop off on the LCD. And use -1.7EV (flash comp, not exposure comp) in this situation.
Outside under bright daylight, I use -1.3EV most of the time. The LCD seems accurate under these conditions.
I'm using an SB-28DX on D1H and D1x bodies. And this is with D-TTL. Sometimes I'll use D-TTL balanced, other times straight D-TTL. I just play it by eye and check the LCD/histogram. With D-TTL, I almost always use matrix metering, since it's required for the flash metering to work fully.
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