Your wisdom and experience, please
I have finally made the quantum leap to a D100 body after more decades than I wish to remember with film and Nikon equipment that I adore (now with F5 and F100) and that I will probably continue to use. The learning curve is tougher than I hoped it would be but less than I feared it would be. Old dog, new tricks and that kind of stuff.
Here´s my situation and my request: I almost exclusively shoot scenics and landscapes in the different parts of the world that I work in. I rarely print anything, never more than 11x14, and generally use my pix for website albums for anyone interested, Powerpoint training program illustration, etc. Later this month I´ll be trekking the lake-and-land crossing in Patagonia, between Bariloche, Argentina and Puerto Montt, Chile. It´s kinda like crossing Switzerland; lots of mountains, crystalline lakes and autumn weather.
Now the question: in your experience, do I need to shoot RAW with all the storage that it entails or can I make due with jpeg fine, medium or large?
I know that one size doesn´t fit all, but have been reading different opinions on the different websites (Moose Peterson, Vivid Light, etc.) and would really appreciate your sharing any relevent experiences or information.
Ah...one more thing: The Lexar WA-40X 512 CF Card that I have says that the D100 needs some kind of downloadable update to take advantage of the speed. Can anyone tell me where to get it?
Thanks a million.
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#1. "RE: Your wisdom and experience, please" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberSun 14-Mar-04 09:35 PM
Opinions vary widely on this, but in my opinion, if you shoot jpeg fine AND get the exposure and white balance right, you won't really gain a lot over shooting NEF. As you can imagine, it's critical that you get the exposure and WB right, though.
And as far as the update for WA cards, that's a firmware update. Unfortuantely, it can only be accomplished by sending the camera to Nikon. However, all but the earliest cameras came with v2.0 firmware. You can see what yours has by viewing a photo in the display on the camera, and toggling through the pages of data for the shot until you get to the page that starts with "D100" at the top. If the line below it says "Firm Ver 2.0", you have nothing else to do.
#2. "RE: Your wisdom and experience, please" | In response to Reply # 0walkerr Nikonian since 05th May 2002Sun 14-Mar-04 10:06 PM
Hi, Gil. Enjoy your new D100 - I've been having a lot of fun with mine over the last year. Although it's an easy camera to use, I find I learn a little more about it every time I use it. Fortunately, I tend to appreciate it more and more as time goes on. Like you, I still use and appreciate film as well. They're both good choices, but under different circumstances.
Having thought a bit about RAW and JPEG formats myself, here's my take on the situation:
- JPEG fine is a very good format for most work that you're going to do. If you get close with the exposure or close with the WB (these aren't any harder to do than with a film-based camera), you'll be fine. If you check the histogram after shooting photos with tricky exposures, your odds will go up tremendously. Given your printing needs, JPEG fine might be just "fine".
- The advantages of RAW really come out when you anticipate working an image more in Photoshop (because of the 16-bit format available) or when the white balance is unpredictable. Additionally, it can be very handy when you want to do digital blending in high contrast situations since you can generate different exposures from one image.
The great thing about the D100 is that you don't need to shoot only in JPEG or only in RAW. A good strategy for you might be to shoot in JPEG for the majority of your photos and switch to RAW only for those shots you feel are likely candidates for enlargements. In other words, "snapshots" are done in JPEG and the "keepers" are done in a RAW format. This strategy will get you the largest number of images on a card while also ensuring the quality of your most important shots.
I hope this helps. I'm envious of your upcoming travel plans - they sound great!
#3. "RE: Your wisdom and experience, please" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSun 14-Mar-04 11:01 PM
You may want to peek to this recently made public article
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