>It's on A mode. Exposure compensation ON > >I noticed that the plus and minus thing is way over on the >left and it's flashing -- does this mean anything? Wait, it >just stopped flashing. Help!
If "the plus and minus thing" just stopped flashing it means you've just taken exposure compensation to "0" and all should now be OK. Is it? Also, if your shots were underexposed with the indicator to the left as you say, you've got the meter directions reversed, not at default (not a big deal if you're OK with that). Ralph
Welcome to Nikonians! Push and hold the Exposure Compensation (+/-) button on the top of the camera down and rotate the Command Dial (Thumbwheel) until 0.0 is displayed in the top LCD. Then release the button. The Exposure Compensation is now Off. This should solve your problem.
What metering mode are you using: Matrix, Center Weighted, or Spot?
Fri 18-Jan-13 06:44 AM | edited Fri 18-Jan-13 06:47 AM by Stagecoach
Difficult to give further advice than what has already been said and without further info from you.
As you say this has been a problem ever since you have had the camera I will make the assumption that you have read the manual, checked the settings and tried various 'modes'.
Set the camera to 'Manual', matrix metering, ISO 200, f11, and check that no exposure compensation has been set (+/- button top right). Go outside in good lighting (not direct sunlight). Using the cameras meter adjust the speed dial to achieve the meter needle in centre position (this will be somewhere around 1/125 to 1/250th.
Take three pictures, one with the meter needle centred, one with the needle to the right and one with the needle to the left.
Let us know the results.
Also, are these dark results happening with one specific lens ?