Hi this is my first post. I do hope it will be a successful one too.
I commercially shoot HDR panos. If any of you have done this than you know a composite can easily be made of 60 images plus.
In a commercial environment being efficient is key. I was using the D200 with its 3F 2.0 setting. HDR works better with a 2 stop difference compared to only a 1 or even less. As far as I understand the NEW and improved D300 lacks a suitable range of auto bracketing... ie only up to 1 stop increments.... What is the point ?
I am hoping if their is a work around this - a custom user setting or even a firmware upgrade that will restore my beloved 3F 2.0.
Sure you can say - just bracket manually than... In an environment where registration is crucial one wants to limit the amount of time they have to adjust camera settings. Perhaps if I was just shooting a simple landscape - but I can easily shoot 300 - 1000 images a day... That is alot of extra time added having to adjust your camera.
For my purposes the D300 - albeit - better image quality - has a poorer workflow.... UNLESS anyone knows of a solution.
Sun 17-Feb-08 11:41 AM | edited Sun 17-Feb-08 11:42 AM by cupra
Unfortunately I can't help but I have been trying to shoot some bracketing recently and the same thing bothered me as well. I had to shoot 5 shots to get from -2 to +2 when I only really wanted 3 shots.
I imagine for a large volume shooter like yourself this is a serious hassle. To be honest I can't understand why they have set it this way, even my old D70 can do 3F 2.0...
The bracketing burst Fn button is a waste of time as well. I want this to just fire the bracketing burst as soon as I press it, not have to hold it down and press the shutter, which on a tripod is not practical. It's easier to just switch to continous mode.
Seems like they don't hold much importance to the bracketing features any more. My D70 had a dedicated bracketing button which was really useful but this is not on the D300. I would gladly trade the Quality button (for me, this is always set in the banks and rarely changed on the fly) to have the BKT button back. (I know you can set the Fn button but I would rather have this doing something else.....)
>Unfortunately I can't help but I have been trying to shoot >some bracketing recently and the same thing bothered me as >well. I had to shoot 5 shots to get from -2 to +2 when I only >really wanted 3 shots....
I think we ALL need to contact Nikon to let them know about how this limitation affects us. It really is a hassle for HDR Pano's!
I tried awhile back. I spoke with a Nikon rep, who mentioned there is some Nikon software that can allow users to create their own adjustments... However the rep sounded like 'our' request would not be handled... Plus one needs to know how to code in C , or something...
Idda know, why they got rid of it... The Canon 5D still offers 2 stop auto bracketing.
I don't want to give up, but feel the flame is dwindling....
Thanks for the link on Dual Capture Exposure control.
It is great to see this new technology being developed. Over a year ago I thought it would be great to have Photomatix built into a camera per say... Or even a magic wand - Photoshop like tool built into the camera. I see there being no reason why every single pixel could be user adjusted.
Imagine a camera that can dodge and burn user defined screen areas based on various selection tools... and even having multiple WB in one shot.
Have you tried using Capture NX 2 control points? I shoot in raw, although I don't do much landscape HDR, but I do find in NX2 using control points I can bring out a lot of detail in the shadows that you don't see in the base exposure, and in exposures where the detail is at least 2 stops under. Perhaps use the 1 stop bracket and use NX2 to bring out the detail?