It seems that the rush Nikon have been through to bring enough D100s to the market has put a dent in their quality control. When I first got my D100 I was amazed with its performance and could not understand why some people were complaining about underexposure and sharpness issues. If anything I had to dial minus compensation to avoid blown ups. Granted, the pictures using the Normal or Auto tone compensation are a little in the low contrast side, but they printed beautifuly.
Well my camera had a cluster of hot pixels at relatively low shutter speeds before the noise reduction could kick in so I got it exchanged. The next one was always underexposing by at least half a stop. Indoor pictures under tungsteen lights were the worse, not to mention cloudy days.
Pictures were dark, dull and lacking contrast. And as the sharpening on digital camera is based on contrast they looked rather unsharp. After postprocessing they're great but I decided to take it back to Nikon Canada in Toronto. They calibrated the CCD and the exposure meter. Lord bless them! Now the pictures I get are great right out of the camera are up to Nikon standards and with my tone compensation curve to perk up the contrast a bit they look just ready.
I'm writting this in a hope to help out those having problems with the camera. I urge you to make a trip to your Nikon service center and have your camera calibrated if the underexposure problem is severe.
this is straight out of the camera. not a great shot, but shows that there's almost no need for postprocessing:
#1. "RE: D100 and quality control" | In response to Reply # 0benherrmann Registered since 17th Aug 2002Mon 25-Nov-02 12:56 AM
Your thread is important, especially when you read - a few of my past concerns included - all of the threads about underexposure and the like. Then in response, you hear threads from others who say, "what's the fuss," 'cause theirs are working perfectly. Of course that becomes frustrating to the max.
I have always suspected across-the-board quality control problems that resulted in D100's being shipped that were not calibrated correctly - if that is the correct term. Although I also use NC-3 and have uploaded a wonderful curve posted on the DP Review web site - the Apolinario curve - I also elected to purchase the Fuji S2 Pro which has shocked me
at the wonderful photos given me right out of the camera without post processing. I won't go down that road because it would only elicit varying comments.
For those of you who are interested, the Apolinario curve and particular thread link are listed below. The curve is free for download and has been downloaded by many Nikon d100 users around the globe.
The curves can be downloaded from:
The thread that alerted folks to this curve is:
Suffice it to say, I've got to find a local Nikon authorized factory repair facility - the local camera repair place won't cut it.
Thanks for posting this as it mirror some internal thoughts on the matter.