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Old Mar 17, 2007, 3:17 PM   #1
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ok, just got the D80 and going to lake como in Italy this summer.

Now ,I,m wondering why the default setting for image quality is normal.

I have set it to fine ,but am I wrong ,the sd card drops to half the capacity and am I doing right.

don,t get me wrong I,m not a tight wad, and memory prices are dropping by the day,so I can buy more cards to make up for the loss in capacity,but.

I,m only shooting to please my wife and I,,and will get 99% printed at 6" 4"

and any stunners I,ll print at home to a4 size, but useually only about 30 or

So, what do you guys that have had an SLR a while shoot at, fine or normal.

PS ,I use large size....Thanks in advance...Rick:?




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Old Mar 17, 2007, 3:47 PM   #2
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I see no reason to limit yourself, especially if storage is not an issue. You never know when you may want to print larger, and shooting at lower resolution could cause an issue, although you'll likely still be able to print decent 8x10's as long as your not cropping too much. I always shoot at the highest resolution, unless I'm shooting products for ebay or other web posting.
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Thanks rjseeney, just got that same advice from other site, seems great minds think alike, and I never thought about cropping,,,Thanks Again .Rick.
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maybe u can try this to solve your storage problem.
http://www.eastgear.com/shop/index.php?cPath=17_101



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Old Mar 18, 2007, 1:48 PM   #5
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Thanks, Koshinki.

looked at them, but just spent to much already with the D80 and the 18-200vr lens.

I,ll have to wait till next birthdaY TO BASH THE BANK. lol. THANKS FOR THAT ANYWAY... Rick.:shock:
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Old Apr 28, 2007, 9:11 AM   #6
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Fine, Normal, andBasicrelates to the JPEG compression level.

It has nothing to do with image size and cropping.That is controlled by theLarge,

Medium, and Small settings-L,M,S.

Large/Normal is the default setting because it is a good compromise between

file size and image quality. I can't see any difference between normal and fine

in A4 prints from my D50.


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I use Fine - when I post process, I want as much data as possible (short of RAW) to bring detail out in shadow etc.
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norm smith wrote:
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I use Fine - when I post process, I want as much data as possible (short of RAW) to bring detail out in shadow etc.
Aj50 and Norm, thanks for you,re reply guys,after a lot of browsing and studying am going to shoot ,Fine ,Large, and a mixture of mostly Jpeg, with a few Raw on a seperate card,,

I know i am chickening out not shooting all raw, but new to DSLR and don,t fancy loads of Raw editing when back from hols.

Going in a few days now, whoooo!!!
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I believe that the D80 allows you to shoot in both RAW and Large/Fine at the same time. The D40 allows only RAW and Large/Basic.
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I believe that the D80 allows you to shoot in both RAW and Large/Fine at the same time. The D40 allows only RAW and Large/Basic.
It does ,but was wondering if when I put cards in for printing they would muck it up if Raw and Jpeg on the card,,,will be taking a few hundred shots and will have to get prints done at shop!!!
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