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Gonna pitch this camera into the sea…

sim871

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sim871 Registered since 20th Jun 2006
Tue 19-Sep-06 11:18 PM

Greetings,

This is driving me crazy. First there are focus issues. It just seems awfully difficult to consistently get good focus; but I’m working on that. I’m trying different modes and I seem to be getting more keepers as time goes on. Of course nowhere near as many as my tiny point and shoot. (it really angers me when my wife asks me to take an extra shot w/ the P&S just in case… Unfortunately tho’ she’s right.)

My problem now is exposure. The camera seems to overexpose between 1 – 2 stops. When I shoot inside (available light) it seems to work reasonably well. Although the photos often appear much brighter than the scene appears to my eyes. There are rarely any blown highlights tho’. When I go outside on a sunny day and shoot, very often the whole scene is washed out; nothing is exposed properly, the histogram is largely within the first and maybe second bars on the right side of the histogram (pure highlights).

To further examine the issue I reset both the shooting and custom menus and took a series of shots in auto everything; the problem persists. It doesn’t matter if I shot RAW or JPEG. I now routinely dial in 1 – 1.5 stop of under exposure to get decent shots. This does not always work because the problem is “sometimey”. Most exposures are made using multi-segment metering. I will try using spot metering as I continue to probe this issue. Also I will compare what my incident meter reads as compared with the D200.

Where could I be going wrong? What should I do next?

For the record I have over 15yrs of photography experience with a wide assort of film cameras from 4”x5” to 35mm. I am new to digital and am perhaps guilty of assuming that the rules for exposing digital are the same as film.

Desperately frustrated,

Darrin

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