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Old Aug 1, 2009, 3:13 AM   #1
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I was thinking of getting the D3000, though many people at other online sources talk about it having a Exposure Bracketing feature. Though the Nikon site says it does not, here http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Ni...462/D3000.html

So could you please clarify this for me and if not, is there another camera in a similar price range that does have this feature. Thank you.
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I think I'd trust Nikon's site unless someone with the camera has tried it. If you look at the camera specs, exposure bracketing is not there. If you look at Nikon's .pdf showing feature comparisons between dSLR models, it also indicates No Exposure Bracketing.

http://www.nikonusa.com/Assets/Commo...LR_Compare.pdf

I haven't seen a user guide yet.
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I was thinking of getting the D3000, though many people at other online sources talk about it having a Exposure Bracketing feature. Though the Nikon site says it does not, here http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Ni...462/D3000.html

So could you please clarify this for me and if not, is there another camera in a similar price range that does have this feature. Thank you.
Questions regarding bracketing: With having software to make photos lighter or darker, do you feel this function is as important as in the old film days? I would think not, but I am sure it's nice to have several photos to choose from without playing with the contrast slider on your editing software.
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surely theres nothing to stop you doing it manualy, ok you have to be carefull not to move the camera when you adjust the exposure, but its not that difficult.
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Kazuya-

You are of course exactly correct. I would suggest using a tripod.

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I think that the need for this function will depend a lot on what type of pictures you take. If you do lots of Landscapes or Sunsets and like to dabble in HDR, then I would favor a camera with exposure bracketing in continuous mode.

One thing I've learned with HDR is that if the camera doesn't take the exposures very quickly, you may have cloud movement and if trees limbs are in the picture, don't try it on a windy day. This I learned from the school of hard knocks.

Having said that, most people really do not use it and can manually bracket any shots they feel need it. I know a lot of pro's recommend bracketing your shots, but how many of us really do it? I have my preview setup to show the histogram and if it looks good, I just move on, if not I reset the exposure and try again - Bruce
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I know I am adding to an old thread but I have to vent. Nikon burns my arse!

There is no reason for Nikon to hold back on making the D3000 do time lapse and auto bracketing, other than to up-sell. The camera is perfectly capable of doing it, it is a firmware issue.

To hell with Nikon. I bypassed them with my D3000. I use a piece of software called DIYPhotoBits. I have no affiliation with them, other than I use their product. The software is free and can do time-lapse, autobracketing, and tethering. Google it for the link or add .com to the product name.

The downside is that I have to have a computer hooked up to my camera, so I wish that Nikon would step up to the plate and upgrade the firmware so I didn't have to haul a laptop with me to the field.

I know one thing. If they do not provide an upgrade to the firmware I will buy a Canon next time.
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Get the d5000 instead, the bracket feature is good if the light is tricky. Like sundown. Where 2-5 sec to take the bracket manual could cause you to loose that moment, while the feature will let you take the shots in less in a sec.
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but I had this camera given to me as a Christmas Present. I read another tutorial that said I could take a series of photos with the camera set to "A" and as long as I was in RAW I can edit the photos right on the camera before downloading. I tried it and it worked. Did not even need the computer for it.
I am sure that the upgrade would be worth it and I probably will in a year or so but until then I will wear this sucker out first.

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