Ever since I got my D100 I've been tortured by the weather: rain, overcast skies... so when I finally got some sunshine I jumped at the chance to try the camera out.
Bolton Abbey is a location I visited not so long ago with Bob Tomerlin (drjimbob) while he was in England on a business trip, so you can get some idea of how the D100 and D1 compare from the photos I posted on this thread.
The following were all taken using the AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8:
28mm, 1/125 sec, f/8, ISO 200, Centre Weighted, Direct Sunlight
45mm, 1/180 sec, f/7.1, ISO 200, Matrix, Direct Sunlight
35mm, 1/160 sec, f/10, ISO 200, Spot (from the walls), Direct Sunlight
38mm, 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 640, Matrix, Shade
70mm, 1/80 sec, f/4.5, ISO 200, Matrix, Direct Sunlight
This last shows one issue I have with the camera - it's tendency to burn out highlights. I took the shot just as the man carrying the little boy stepped into the sunlight: as a result they're just about burned out, as is the bridge where the sun catches it.
Other settings for all shots - Tone Compensation: Less Contrast, Colour Mode: Adobe RGB
Shots were saved as uncompressed NEFs and processed using the Nikon View 5.1.1 plug-in for Photoshop.
#1. "My experience with digital cameras..." | In response to Reply # 0RRowlett Charter MemberFri 12-Jul-02 07:21 PM
...including the D100 is that you have to be very careful of overexposing the highlights. Kind of like slide film on steroids. On my Olympus 3040Z the best exposure is typically -0.3 to -0.7 EV compensated. I haven't worked out the best settings for my D100 yet for my typical shooting, but I wouldn't be surprised if images are best slightly underexposed following by tweaking gamma up just a bit in Photoshop to bring out shadow detail.
Your shots of Bolton Abbey look eerily familiar. Is this the same as Fountains Abbey? I enjoyed a very nice afternoon there in 1995, camera in hand...
#5. "RE: My experience with digital cameras..." | In response to Reply # 1Sat 13-Jul-02 04:10 PM
Very true, but it seems much easier to blow out the highlights with the D100 than with the D1, and trying to compensate tends to push the rest of the image so far down that it's hard to get things back.
As an illustration (and by a strange coincidence) here's Fountains Abbey, mid-afternoon on a bright but overcast day with the tone compensation set to normal:
And here's the histogram:
The upper peak is the sky, the lower peak is everything else, and there's practically nothing in the midtones.
Now here's the equivalent with the tone compensation set to less contrast:
And the histogram:
That's pulled things up enough that I could correct the image to get a result that looked decent:
And its histogram:
This is what lead me to start shooting with the tone compensation set to less contrast - it makes the images easier to work with when you need to adjust them. Incidentally I didn't have to go through anything like this ringmarole with the Bolton Abbey shots - they're all pretty much as they came from the camera.
What I'd like to do now is get hold of Nikon Capture 3 (the UK software bundle doesn't include the demo version) and experiment with a custom tone compensation curve to see if I could get the camera to respond more like the D1.
#7. "RE: My experience with digital cameras..." | In response to Reply # 5DrMark Basic MemberSat 13-Jul-02 04:22 PM
>What I'd like to do now is get hold of Nikon Capture 3 (the
>UK software bundle doesn't include the demo version) and
>experiment with a custom tone compensation curve to see if I
>could get the camera to respond more like the D1.
Anyone have an idea what the price is for the Nikon Capture 3 software? What does it do?
#9. "RE: My experience with digital cameras..." | In response to Reply # 7Sat 13-Jul-02 04:38 PM
You might like to take a look at the DPReview D100 Preview - scroll down the page a bit.
Basically it gives you full control over all the parameters when processing NEFs, the ability to convert NEFs in batch mode and some more sophisticated bits like creating custom tone compensation curves and using the camera in a 'tethered' mode where shots are captured direct to your computer via the USB interface.
#10. "This is very helpful..." | In response to Reply # 5RRowlett Charter MemberSat 13-Jul-02 10:19 PM
Thanks for the informative discussion. This is very helpful as I work to understand how to best use the D100. I think I have the white balance figured out to my satisfication. Your mucking about has given me food for thought about contrast and/or tone curve settings. I think Nikon Capture 3 is going to be about $250 USD according to the mail order houses who are of course backordered to who knows when...
#2. "RE: Bolton Abbey with the D100" | In response to Reply # 0
I like the first one the best. Say, how do you mix text and images, anyway? I can only figure out how to write the text, then add an attachment at the end.
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#3. "RE: Bolton Abbey with the D100" | In response to Reply # 2jrp Charter MemberFri 12-Jul-02 11:01 PM
Alan is calling the superb images with a URL from his site and/or from previously made attachments here.
Have a great time :-)
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#6. "RE: Bolton Abbey with the D100" | In response to Reply # 3Sat 13-Jul-02 04:22 PM
They are all from my own site. The only reason I'm still doing this rather than using the upload capability is so that I can mix images and text - you just type the URL of the JPEG file (complete with the http bit) into your post at the point you want the image to appear.
The downside is that if my ISP is offline for any reason then you don't see my pictures.
#11. "RE: Bolton Abbey with the D100" | In response to Reply # 2
I'm posting some text and then inlining an image.... I had previously uploaded the file, taken note of it's name and then put it in an http command string to display an image...
That was an example of inlined image surrounded by text - and no need to have another site involved. (sorry to use an off topic photo, it was one I did recently and had it available...)
Using your browser, do a view source on this message and you'll see an image display line of number 3d30b5b84b32447f surrounded by <> - change those to box brackets and you're on your way.
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#4. "RE: Bolton Abbey with the D100" | In response to Reply # 0
Alan, you rascal. I don't recall you saying anything about a D100 in your future when we were driving around. Congratulations on your new camera.
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#8. "RE: Bolton Abbey with the D100" | In response to Reply # 4Sat 13-Jul-02 04:29 PM
Thank you, Bob. I actually ended up getting the camera sooner than I anticipated: I was planning on waiting until about 6 months after the release, but my local dealer had some in stock and I had a nice bonus from work that was burning a hole in my pocket....