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Old Jun 7, 2010, 11:53 AM   #11
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Aperture: F/11
Shutter Speed: 1/250s


Aperture: F/10
Shutter Speed: 1/200s

No radical difference, just enough to account for the difference in exposure.

Sharpening: 3
Contrast: 0
Brightness: 0
Saturation: 0

Sharpening: Auto
Contrast: Auto
Brightness: 0
Saturation: Auto

"Auto" doesn't tell us much about what is happening, but you can
clearly see that your landscape mode photo has greater colour saturation.
It seems a bit sharper too.
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Old Jun 7, 2010, 12:17 PM   #12
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Thanks Corkpix. The D3000 does have overrides that allow you to adjust saturation and contrast. In Aperture pri mode I was using the SD (picture control) setting which is supposed to be "balanced", whatever that means...
Welcome to the forum BTW.

I'm sure with a bit of tweaking, you will be able to match or beat the
quality of landscape mode using AP or manual settings.

Your pictures look ok, but lacking a bit in sharpness. Perhaps
due to a bit of camera shake? Shooting conditions look quite
difficult. The blown highlights in large white areas and the need
for a fast shutter speed at f/11 suggests the sun was very intense
at the time. I always find it hard to get decent images under these
conditions.
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I hear you on the camera shake issue, but I thought 1/200+ would have been plenty high enough to avoid taking a hit on picture quality.
It is interesting to note that I see the same effect, though less noticeably, using my D40. In general, the D40 takes much brighter pictures. That's probably a difference in the metering.
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I have to ask, do you have a skylight/UV filter on the lens and if so what brand/model?

Don't think camera shake would be an issue w/27mm equiv. and 1/200.
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Yes I have a B+W UV filter. I tend to do this out of habit to protect my lenses.
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Corkpix,

You have a point regarding the exposure. Next time I do a comparison, I'll use the same f-stop.
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Today I shot two pictures at F9 of the same subject with the same lighting. One using Landscape, the other using Aperture priority. Both used ISO 200. I was suprised to learn that the D3000 chose a shutter speed of 1/80 in Aperture mode and 1/125 in Landscape. It's a bit of a mystery why Aperture is using a lower shutter speed, but still results in (what looks like) an underexposed picture. The lens today was an AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G (prime).

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Today I shot two pictures at F9 of the same subject with the same lighting. One using Landscape, the other using Aperture priority. Both used ISO 200. I was suprised to learn that the D3000 chose a shutter speed of 1/80 in Aperture mode and 1/125 in Landscape. It's a bit of a mystery why Aperture is using a lower shutter speed, but still results in (what looks like) an underexposed picture. The lens today was an AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G (prime).
What apertures and ISO settings were used?
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Today I shot two pictures at F9 of the same subject with the same lighting. One using Landscape, the other using Aperture priority. Both used ISO 200. I was suprised to learn that the D3000 chose a shutter speed of 1/80 in Aperture mode and 1/125 in Landscape. It's a bit of a mystery why Aperture is using a lower shutter speed, but still results in (what looks like) an underexposed picture. The lens today was an AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1:1.8G (prime).
What metering mode were you in?? The consumer level Nikon's tend to put more metering weight around the focus point, so if you weren't shooting on a tripod (with no adjustments to position) the camera may have selected a different focal point resulting in slightly different metering. Also if you were outdoors, there may have been a subtle change in light that resulted in the different exposure.
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The landscape mode metering may very well be biased toward underexposure as a means of preventing loss of highlight detail.

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