I am a new user of the D800 and new to this board as well. I have shot with the D700 for a few years now and so far enjoying the D800 with this one exception. I do a lot of portrait work in the studio and I am always in manual mode. I use LiveView mode a lot to frame subject, etc. However, with the D800, I have noticed that while in manual mode, I have to be perfectly exposed with the camdera's meter before it will show me the subject. For example, I tend to shoot at 1/250s, around f/8 occassionally and at that setting, without lights, the picture is dark. So, in LiveView, it is a black screen. My D700 would 'auto adjust' itself to show me picture. Therefore, I could keep my settings at 1/250, f/8 and see the screen where as the D800 I have to adjust my meter to the correct exposure (or close to it) before it will show me the screen. Very frustrating. Is there a setting for that? Why would it be different than the D700? I can also switch to aperture priority and it works fine but I shouldn't have to do that. Thanks so much for the help!!!
Sun 10-Mar-13 03:12 PM | edited Sun 10-Mar-13 03:16 PM by Gromit44
I'm not sure how effective the 'auto' option is Scott.
On my 800E, 'auto' doesn't seem to change the LCD brightness even if I move from daylight into a darkened room. Regardless of ambient light levels it always gives approximately the same brightness as the -3 setting in 'manual'.
I see it's not a panacea. It did make it work better in manual mode, but if you stop down too far, it's still ineffective. I have been in a habit of turning live view on to compose, but turn it of to focus and take the picture.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
Adjusting monitor brightness will not help the problem you are having. The live view image is dark because the D800 LV image is stopped down to the aperture you set which in this case is underexposed. LV on the D700 is wide open regardless of what aperture you set. There have been numerous threads about this "issue" since the D800 was released. It is design change that Nikon implemented with the D800. Personnaly I don't understand why they changed this and what type of shooting it benefits. Dave Jolley
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