Lately I find my d700 is over exposing the image when I fix the light meter in manual mode to 0. If I shoot with one step less ok, the image looks better. I have checked that I don't have any compensations. Any idea whats wrong? Thank you
>Lately I find my d700 is over exposing the image when I fix >the light meter in manual mode to 0. If I shoot with one step >less ok, the image looks better. I have checked that I don't >have any compensations. >Any idea whats wrong? >Thank you > >Ariel
I've been complaining and compensating for over exposure since day one with my D700. It's frustrating, but it's good to have a LCD on the back to show that it's wrong. After 4 years though I learned to just deal and get the best pictures I can. The over exposure is +.7 EV.
The D700 was just made that way for matrix metering. The easy fix that I use is to go to the custom settings menu b6 and fine tune optimal exposure for matrix metering only to -2/3. This exposure compensation is not displayed.
My personal experience is that the D700 meters a little "hot" compared with Nikons before and after it. Ditto with the D300. I think Nikon was trying hard to minimize noise and went for an approach that increased exposure slightly, but then reined in the look of the image a bit via slightly different tone curves in-camera and in their imaging products. Here's what you can do that's pretty easy:
- If you see overexposure in both jpegs and raw images, use the exposure fine tuning feature in the custom function settings to dial in a bit of underexposure. If you do that, do it based on a large number of different images, rather than just a small number. Be cognizant that unlike earlier cameras, the D700 will bias its matrix meter to where the AF target is positioned. If it's on a dark subject, the shot may end up a little overexposed.
- If jpegs look okay, but the images are a bit over-exposed in your raw converter, create a new default or preset that starts you out with a bit of underexposure. Again, do this based on a bunch of images, although getting it wrong doesn't have a lot of negative consequences - it just requires a little more work in post-processing.
Mon 23-Dec-13 08:27 PM | edited Tue 24-Dec-13 07:02 AM by expat
This is how I fixed my D700. I tried everything for two years including fine tuning, bracketing, ADL and setting fixed -0.7 in camera. I discarded many images because they showed blown highlights in Capture NX2. (I made sure the camera histogram was within the axis.)
Then for different reasons I downloaded Light Room and guess what? shots that are overexposures in NX2 are either not overexposed in LR5 at all or a small movement on the highlight slider brings them in whereas in NX2 there was no adjustment left.
This wouldn't account for the figures of +7 mentioned but I now use LR5 even though for some things I prefer NX2.
>My personal experience is that the D700 meters a little >"hot" compared with Nikons before and after it. >Ditto with the D300.
Interesting this and other similar comments here. I also have my D300 and D700 dialed back a third or two. Never really thought about how common it was, or just the way my particular bodies were tweaked.
I did it with a series of gray cards and using blue sky. Blue sky just to check how the "color awareness" of the metering might deal with that.
Sometimes I look at the resulting exposures and think twice about what I did (they being a touch underexposed) but overall I have been happy with the results and with the D700 in particular I'd rather err on the dark side.
I too have my compensation set to -2/3 stops in all of my banks. For a while I thought it was me, because of my bias. I kept my film cameras set to -1. Some time ago I believe that I read where film was biased for overexposure, as that was more forgiving and that the processors adjusted accordingly. Why can't they leave well enough alone?
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