I just purchased a D300 with a Sigma 8mm F3.5 EX Fisheye Lense and using it for Panoramic Virtual Tours. A Giant leap from the 0-360 oneshot mount on a Canon Powershot G5. Anyways I have set it as such: # Set camera to (M) manual mode - # Set aperture to f/8.0 # Set ISO to 100 - # Set White Balance (Fluro) # # Set lens to (MF) manual focus All this to find Nodal Point But when I shoot I see the pic in LiveView, but no image, Picture is black (ahhhhhhhh) See actual steps in the link below http://www.rosaurophotography.com/html/technical7.html
And your shutter speed is set to what? You are in manual mode, so you are responsible for setting shutter speed suitable to the exposure. If the procedure you outlined above is what you actually did, you failed to set the shutter speed to an appropriate value, causing (drastic) underexposure - ie black frame.
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>But when I shoot I see the pic in LiveView, but no image, >Picture is black (ahhhhhhhh)
LiveView doesn't show the image after you've shot, only the preview image.
There are two modes for LiveView on the D300, handheld and tripod. In handheld mode, it is a two-step shutter release process before the image is actually taken (at which point LiveView goes off).
To me (IMHO) it is kind of awkward and takes a bit of getting used to, whereas tripod mode is more what you should be set on for that kind of shooting, but again, LiveView goes black (off) when the actual shutter release happens.
Not sure if any of this applies to your problem, but if shutter speed setting is not the issue, it could be that LiveView is tricking you into thinking the shutter released when it was really just the mirror lock-up happening, and no image was taken.
This is sorta rhetorical, and doesn’t exactly apply, but doesn’t the D300 have a “line” molded into the top or bottom of the body indicating nodal-point. (…yeah, I could just check, but that would require a trip clear down into the basement…) --M--
"doesn’t the D300 have a “line” molded into the top or bottom of the body indicating nodal-point."
The line you are thinking of is the film plane in a film camera or sensor plane in a digital camera. It is the location of the sensor (or film) within the camera body. The nodal point is a lens artifact and has nothing to do with the sensor plane.