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New Banding Exprience

N80

Rock Hill, US
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N80 Silver Member Charter Member
Fri 13-Jan-06 06:30 PM

I've got more vertical banding issue now. What follows is a shot I took in a restaurant while playing with the camera. It is obviously backlit and is a difficult exposure but I would in no way describe this as a totally unusual or untenable scene. The exif data are as follows:

Nikon D200
2006/01/13 12:12:23.4
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Color
Lens: 20mm F/2.8 D
Focal Length: 20mm
Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/20 sec - F/4.8
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
Color Mode: Mode II (Adobe RGB)
Tone Comp.: Normal
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Normal
Sharpening: None
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

The first is the whole image. The red rectangle outlines the area where the banding is most prominent. The banding was visible in the 2.5" monitor when zoomed all the way in. On a 17" CRT the banding, throughout its entire extent is evident at 66% magnification. Two crops are consecutive zooms.

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I would like your impressions and advice.

But consider several scenarios. Lets say grandma was in one of those leather chairs and she passes away a week later. To get a good portrait you want to crop, but find that the banding is evident in her face. OR you are a papparatzi and Brad and Angelina just plopped down in front of you and this is what you got. OR you are an excentric photo artist and this image is just _exactly_ the way you want it. OR you are just me and you don't want to see bands across 50% of an otherwise not-so-good but usable image.

Is this a definte repair/exchange scenario? Is it a "just get over it" scenario? Is it a "quit shooting backlit scenes" scenario? Is it a "fix it in PS" scenario? Or is it an "I have no idea what to do" scenario?





George Barron

My Nikonians Gallery is here:
https://images.nikonians.org/galleries/showgallery.php/cat/500/ppuser/1091

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