I purchased a D100 about 3 weeks ago, and am thoroughly enjoying learning how to use it. However, I have two issues which are driving me nuts:
1) I'm using an AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm lens for most of my shooting. I tend to do 99% of my shooting in the Program mode. I'm finding that the shutter speeds that the camera is coming up with are unusually slow. I tried taking a picture of a person who was indoors, with the sun shining on their face. The best the camera seemed to be able to come up with was f3.5 and 1/10sec exposure. The ISO was set at 320ISO. I can't believe that it couldn't use a faster shutter time given that the sun was shining on the persons face! A 1/10sec shutter speed makes it hard to achieve a "sharp" picture without using a tripod. I'm attaching a copy of the picture that resulted.
2) I usually have the camera set on Auto ISO. However, I'm finding that the ISO doesn't seem to vary from 200. I would assume (please correct me if I'm wrong) that if the speed gets too low, that the camera would up the ISO to achieve a higher shutter speed. Is this not how it works?
Thanks for any help and advice,
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#1. "RE: New D100 User issues" | In response to Reply # 0slow_driver Basic MemberFri 06-Dec-02 08:43 AM
(1) Is there something wrong with the display on the camera? You photo looks a little too sharp for a hand-held shot at 1/10th of a second (but you could have got lucky). What does the exif data show?
(2)Shooting in program mode, the Auto ISO will only go up from 200 if the there are no more available sutter speeds or apeture settings to properly expose the photo. If you use Shutter priority and set it to 1/500th or something, you should see the ISO go up pretty quickly as the light reduces (eg turn the lights off indoors...). Actually, if you switch to manual exposure, the ISO will vary as the light changes so as to properly expose the photo.
Good luck with your new toy,
#2. "RE: New D100 User issues" | In response to Reply # 1pmirror Registered since 24th Nov 2002Fri 06-Dec-02 10:42 AM
Try not to use P. Instead try Manual (M) or Aperture priority (A)
Matrix metering usually works in many situation, however you can try the spot meter too, if the light is a bit difficult.
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#3. "RE: New D100 User issues" | In response to Reply # 0
I agree. The people in the background would have had to been completely still also for that to have been 1/10 of a second. You might have it checked out at a camera shop, or call Nikon for some advice on that, if it really is displaying that.
On the ISO, I personally do not use Auto because I never know what I am shooting. I use 200 outdoors and use 400 or 800 indoors as a starting point.
Indoors I usually use program mode, as I am not used to the exposure on my D100 yet. Outdoors I use Aperature priority.
Good luck, and let us know what you find out about the crazy shutter readings. It looks like that was at least 1/60th of a second if not faster.
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#4. "RE: New D100 User issues" | In response to Reply # 3Fri 06-Dec-02 04:10 PM
I think I will have my camera checked out at the shop. I've also noticed that the Autofocus assist light isn't coming on anymore. I worked when I got it, but it's not coming on at all now...even in low, low light.
#6. "RE: New D100 User issues" | In response to Reply # 5JoeSlotz Registered since 17th Jul 2002Fri 06-Dec-02 05:28 PM
It is the Focus Setting. You have it set to Continuous - "C". Set it to Single - "S". It is the little switch that is low near the lens. I ran into this same problem. The Focus Assist light will not work in the Continuos Mode.
#7. "RE: New D100 User issues" | In response to Reply # 6Fri 06-Dec-02 05:38 PM
>It is the Focus Setting. You have it set to Continuous -
>"C". Set it to Single - "S". It is the little switch that
>is low near the lens. I ran into this same problem. The
>Focus Assist light will not work in the Continuos Mode.
Wow, that did the trick! Thanks so much, I LOVE this forum!!