I'm interested in D600. My only query is re HDR which I want to try. Is the 3 shot bracket limit ok for HDR? I know d800 can bracket up to 9. I'm assuming that a 3 shot bracket burt at +-2EV will provide adequate data for ok HDR but would like input from fellow nikonians. Thanks in anticipation
Sat 13-Oct-12 12:56 AM | edited Sat 13-Oct-12 12:58 AM by Snappo
If a D600 owner is really into HDR, there is another option to expand the bracketing. The Promote Control will allow a large number of brackets as well as several other options. I have friends who use the Promote Control and are very pleased with it.
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>If a D600 owner is really into HDR, there is another option >to expand the bracketing. The Promote Control will allow a >large number of brackets as well as several other options. I >have friends who use the Promote Control and are very pleased >with it.
I do not see Promote Control in the D600 index. ???
"Promote Control" implies a software program. "The Program Control" implies a function on the camera.
Sun 14-Oct-12 05:04 PM | edited Sun 14-Oct-12 05:07 PM by gkaiseril
Here is the link to Promote Control. It is a specialty computer that controls many dSLRs through a USB from the device to the camera. It can take a series of up to 45 images and change the EV by up to 9 EV between shots.
One then uses post processing software to process the images.
The D600 is not listed as a supported camera, but that can change with a firmware update or getting the correct cord setup.
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>You can bracket up to -+ 3 ev which is a little better than >the d7000 I am coming from. I use Nik HDR pro 2 which handles >3 files well
Yes, but, ulnlike the D700, on the D600 you cannot set the step value for the successive shots. If you could set the delta EV for each shot to 0.3 or 0.5, you could get up to 18 shots within the +/-3EV limits.
For me, the images look better using 7 at 1EV than they do if I drop four of them in between. If you only have the three to work with, you'll never know what you're missing It's nice to have more range and brackets if it's a very high dynamic range image, especially if the sunset or bright sky is a part of the image, but I don't think it's a big compromise. I often take 9 and end up dropping 2-3 of them... and when I take 7, sometimes drop 1-2.
The +/- 3EV gives you a pretty good 6EV AB range... and since the camera has excellent dynamic range anyway, just use RAW images and you are 95% there.
I you're really set to get the best possible HDR images possible, what you may need to do is use a tripod and manually adjust the exposure and shoot as many as you need. That's what Canon shooters need to do, as they only bracket three at +/-2EV. The pros who do HDR will usually want more range and more in between shots. The images tend to be much better with a tripod actually, although we all want to just handhold and fire away, and use the alignment in Photomatix to pick up the slack. The image quality goes up quite a bit using the tripod for many reasons.
Very well said, David! I still shoot with a D300, and have gotten very used to bracketing 5 shots, placing a focus indicator on a point in the frame and firing away, hand holding at 6 fps. While it's worked very well for me, it's definitely the lazy way (thank you Photomatix!). There's no reason at all, why one couldn't manually bracket and take as many or as few exposures as desired.
I'm seriously considering a D600. For me this is a non issue.
I purchased a D300S a few years ago specifically for the HDR capabilities as you describe. For the very serious HDR guys, they use a tripod, and the AB feature is a non-issue. I learned that from Carl Schultz, here's his website: http://schultzdigital.zenfolio.com/
I use a D700 now, and I have the Fn button set for the exposure bracketing, just hold it down and turn the rear knob and I have 3-5-7-9 brackets instantly without any time needed to set up further.... but in reality I should be taking my time and shooting RAW, 200 ISO, mid-aperture, well composed, on a tripod or groundpod.
You should find that 3 shots ± up to 3ev should be perfectly adequate and absolutely nothing to worry about.
The other Dx00 cameras allow up to 9 shots but with a maximum 1ev interval. That means D800 is capable of up to ±4ev and D600 is capable of ±3ev. That's not much material difference and you can adjust exposure manually on the rare occasion where this doesn't work (which would actually be outside my experience in real-world shooting).
If you're not convinced, just search "bracketing" in any of the Dx00 forums and find the many threads of people wishing it worked like the D600 does.