Hi there, I have been using my D600 for the past 2 months now and wanted to share one particular observation with the group. Prior to this i used the D7000 and had found that the AWB in most cases did not result in the most desirable results - i usually had better luck when i explicitly chose one of the fixed settings (Daylight, cloud etc.). However, with the d600 i have noticed that the AWB settings are really awesome. Now when I am outside I really don't bother to pick one of the standard settings but just leave it in Auto. The auto values seem to be way better than the standards. I was curious to see what other users feel about this comment. I know I have read books and articles in the past that had urged you to "NOT" use the AWB setting - but with the technical advancements in the cameras now, I wonder if we should still heed those advices.. Thx, S
I have also had my D600 for a couple of months and with winter here have not had a lot of time with it outdoors. Over Xmas shot 100 or so in our family room and kitchen of family w/ bounce flash and wb on auto (late afternoon/evening). Shots came out way too warm. We do have very 'warm' colors in carpeting, floor, furniture and lots of incandescent lighting. I am putting in a custom setting for our situation. Waiting to try outdoor varied settings. Jim B
I have used AWB since my D70 days, and it seems to work fine. The preset WB settings all seem to alter the colors in unwanted ways, but AWB seems to guess it pretty much right. The tungsten setting seems to work best of the presets, but I don't like it for everything indoors.
David, thanks, I didn't know there was two choices in AWB. With the description of #2 -keep warm lighting colors; I am surprised that you say it keeps you from going too warm. Any idea why? Anyway thanks for the tip, just changed to #2 and will try it. Jim B
>David, thanks, I didn't know there was two choices in AWB. >With the description of #2 -keep warm lighting colors; I am >surprised that you say it keeps you from going too warm. Any >idea why? Anyway thanks for the tip, just changed to #2 and >will try it. Jim B
I tend to like very warm colors in PPing files. If I just leave it on Auto2, it's close enough that I tende not to tinker with it.
It is nice to see the opinions people posted about their experience with D600 AWB. Thank you very much folks! Also, other day while I was browsing Ken Rockwell's D600 review page I found the following line below about D600 AWB where he claimed it to be a tad green in the actual image. He had to dial in magenta in the AWB to correct for this. I have personally not been able to distinguish this kind of color difference but was curious if others felt the same too. The excerpts from the review is as below..
"The only bad thing about the D600 is that it has the same green color shift problem of the D800 and D4. The LCDs aren't that bad; the problem is that the actual images are often a tad too green! I dial-in M1 (extra magenta) in the auto white balance to get rid of the excess green."
>>I have personally not been able to distinguish this kind >of >>color difference but was curious if others felt the same >too. > >Certainly not. I would completely ignore that piece of advice >(along with most everything else on that site). Mine does not display a green tint. re: KR's advice, take it or not as it pleases you - I did read somewhere on his site that he thinks the extra magenta makes it a bit too "magenta-ry" too; the poor chap must be terribly confused with what to do
>I would completely ignore that piece of advice >(along with most everything else on that site).
Actually, I set my auto WB that way shortly after buying my D600 and now in LR4.3, it comes much closer to matching the presets for RAW files. The standard WB in auto was much cooler looking and I had to always set it.
Now, from what HBB has said, LR does not always read Nikon WB correctly, but with this setting, it seems to keep my WB tweaking to a minimum.
An example below where one is JPEG with no tweaks and the other is the "As Shot" setting for the RAW file in LR 4.3 after import.