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Old Apr 30, 2008, 9:01 AM   #1
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Hello,

New D80 with my first day with the Tokina, I went to test it out at a local high school baseball game at night. These are my results: Im afraid im not that impressed as of yet.


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First of all, downsize your images so that members with typical monitors don't need to scroll left and right to see the entire photo. ;-) Around 640 pixels wide is about right. See this thread where Steve discusses size for posting here:

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As for the photos, don't bump up your saturation and contrast the way the EXIF is showing for those. That's contributing to loss of dynamic range and making it harder to see detail in shadow areas and harder to determine the right exposure.

I'd also use a custom white balance (or try a different preset like tungsten instead), versus the Auto or Cloudy white balance settings you were using in those. The camera is applying multipliers to the RGB Values during the raw to jpeg conversion process and you want to get it close to begin with to prevent unwanted noise, color casts and loss of detail.

You also want to get the exposure as close as possible to start with. Those are either underexposed or overexposed.

It's difficult to judge what you'd need because of the increased saturation, contrast and white balance settings used. But, it looks like you're probably going to need around 1/200 second, f/2.8 and ISO 3200 in that lighting (but, I'd try a little faster shutter speed like 1/250 or 1/320 to start with, after dialing your other settings like saturation and contrast back to defaults versus bumped up. If anything, you'll usuallly want to reduce those settings shooting at higher ISO speeds in low light, not increase them from the camera's defaults.

If lighting is not consistent, you may just want to use Aperture Priority at f/2.8, with Exposure Compensation to get it as close as possible (using a +EV setting for a brighter exposure or a -EV setting for a dimmer exposure, compared to what the camera's metering wants to use). Center Weighted is probably your best bet for metering consistency.

You're not using a filter, are you? If so, I'd pull it. It may be contributing to light loss.

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