#1. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 0RockyIII Nikonian since 27th May 2006Sat 15-Sep-12 11:41 AM
It has been said the D600 is pretty much an FX version of the D7000, and the D7000 only brackets three frames as well. There is a workaround for six or nine if you don't mind dedicating your U1 and U2 settings for it.
#2. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 0MotoMannequin Registered since 11th Jan 2006Sat 15-Sep-12 02:04 PM
>D600 only brackets 2 to 3 frames - really??
Well... this has been standard on all the "enthusiast" bodies which offer bracketing (D50/D70/D80/D90/D5000/D5100/D7000...) so that tells you how Nikon perceives the targeted user.
What's nice is that the bracketing interval can be set to up to 3 stops. For practical purposes, I much prefer this. 12-14 stops of dynamic range +/-3 stops of bracketing gives me 18-20 stops total, which covers any natural situation I've ever encountered.
On a D800 I'd need to take 7 shots to accomplish this, which isn't an advantage, but that speaks more to Nikon's brain-dead pro-body bracketing. Anyway I'd take the D600's bracketing any day.
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#3. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 2Sun 13-Jan-13 11:50 PM | edited Mon 14-Jan-13 12:45 AM by mpage
For normal bracketing needs, three frames are enough for me. I can stretch this effectively by shooting RAW to 5 or 6 frames. It is HDR shooting that I want more frames.
You can get other products that will bracket more frames on the D600 or other DSLR bodies. This is helpful for shooting quality HDR images. I like to blend 7 to 9 images with Photomatix for HDR images.
Some of the options are pricey, around $300, but they do much more than bracketing. I'm considering the following:
Promote Control: http://www.promotesystems.com/
There may be other, less expensive options.
Here are some examples of HDR shot with 7 or 9 bracketed images.
These were shot with a D300. The bracketing issue was one that I considered when I decided to go with the D600. The D800 bracket more images, but it was not a deal-maker for me.
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#10. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 3Tue 15-Jan-13 08:01 AM | edited Tue 15-Jan-13 08:12 AM by mpage
Here is the a YouTube video showing the Promote Control with a D600:
The next video demonstrates the faster operation when using the shutter cable release.
You can set any number of brackets you want.
Here is a YouTube overview of the CamRanger:
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#4. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 0
I really wish someone would explain this to me. I've never used the auto-bracketing feature of a camera. Ever. When I was first looking at a Nikon AF camera, the salesman in the store went on about the auto bracketing feature in the F-601 and how great it was. I wanted the F-801s, a more advanced model which didn't have the feature. I was a teenager at the time, so I asked a photographer friend of my Dad's who simply stated you can do it in the camera yourself, you don't need to pay for it.
Since then, I've never given it another thought. If I needed to bracket exposures, I simply changed it myself. Whether it was 3,5 or 7 frames, a 1/3, 1/2 or full stop, it was just dependant on the situation. Auto bracketing doesn't limit the DR available, the selection of exposure does.
Am I misunderstanding this feature, or are we just not wanting to push a button 5,7, or even 9 times when one will do?
#7. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 0
You can bracket up to NINE frames if you're willing to spin the Mode Dial a couple times.
As D600 owners know, bracketing is limited to three frames. Three frames spaced 2EV apart is probably adequate for most scenes, but sometimes you need more. I would like to share my method of shooting 5- and 9-frame brackets. This method makes use of User modes U1 and U2. After the initial setup (explained below), WHICH YOU ONLY DO ONCE, shooting an HDR is simple. You only need to make three quick adjustments to your camera before shooting:
(1) set the Mode to A
(2) set the Release mode to CH
(3) set Bracketing to 3F in 1.0 EV increments.
To set up U1 and U2 for a 9-frame bracket spaced 1 EV apart (YOU ONLY DO THIS ONCE):
* Set mode dial to A (Aperture priority)
* Set Shutter release mode = CH (continuous high speed)
* Custom setting e6 -> Bracketing order = Under, Meter, Over
* ISO = Auto
* Bracketing = 3F in 1.0 EV increments
* turn the Exposure comp dial to -3 EV
* Setup Menu -> Save user settings -> U1
* turn the Exposure comp dial to +3EV
* Setup Menu -> Save user settings -> U2
You are done setting up U1 and U2. Be sure to set Exposure comp dial back to 0 EV, set bracketing to 0F, and set the Shutter release mode to whatever you normally keep it at.
Now say you stumble on a scene that calls for HDR.
(1) Set the Mode to A
(2) set Bracketing to 3F in 1.0 EV increments
(3) set the release mode to CH.
Now press the shutter release button three times:
(1) once with Mode dial set to U1
(2) once with Mode dial set to A
(3) once with Mode dial set to U2
This creates nine exposures in the following order (relative to normal exposure):
-4EV -3EV -2EV -1EV 0EV +1EV +2EV +3EV +4EV
After shooting, review the histograms and possibly select a subset of the nine shots, deleting others.;
The procedure is similar for setting up a 5-frame bracket, and is easy to figure out once you understand the 9-frame setup.
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#8. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 7Mon 14-Jan-13 01:23 PM | edited Mon 14-Jan-13 01:25 PM by mpage
This is an interesting workaround, but adjusting the Mode Dial twice between shots might move the camera a bit, even with a sturdy tripod. How well do these nine images blend into the HDR image? Do you have a sample?
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#11. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 8dagoldst Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Fri 18-Jan-13 10:40 AM
>This is an interesting workaround, but adjusting the Mode
>Dial twice between shots might move the camera a bit, even
>with a sturdy tripod. How well do these nine images blend
>into the HDR image? Do you have a sample?
I shot hundreds of 9 shot HDRs with a D70s on tripod. The tripod was weighted, as it should be, and I never had any issues with those shots when I did my job properly.
The method used was to turn on bracketing, compose, focus, unlock autofocus, shoot three shots with remote release, and use two exposure comp adjustments to change the exposure range for each of the next to set of shots.
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#9. "RE: Bracketing" | In response to Reply # 7
Wouldn't this be easier and save U1 and U2 for other stuff?
(1) Set the Mode to A
(2) Set the Release mode to CH (optional)
(3) Set Bracketing to 3F in 1.0 EV increments. (or as you wish on increments)
Next depends on increments and how many shots you want.
(4) Shoot x3
(5) Exposure to -3 EV
(6) Shoot x3
(7) Exposure to +3 EV
(8) Shoot x3
I am assuming a tripod is being used or all bets are off!
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