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Old Oct 4, 2005, 9:45 PM   #1
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my d70 when compared to my calibrated f100 and fe2 is one f stop off (minus one) when using the sunny f16 EVERYTHING is one stop dark, when shooting local sports in the high school and college gyms (which i have been for years), and even when using my sekonic light meter for portraits. i recently shot a roll of 1600 film side by side with the digital and the local pro developer told me the exposures were dead on, i took the digital in another day and they confirmed that they were indeed 1 stop dark so it isnt my monitor either. at least the meter matches the sensor at least right? well i wanted this camera for the iso of 1600 to save money on sports photos especially in the gyms. does anybody else have this problem?
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Old Oct 5, 2005, 12:13 AM   #2
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I was at a workshop recently and the instructor told us that Nikon intentionally had the D70 underexpose so you wouldn't blow out the highlights. He said he always shoots with +EV compensation. It varied depending on wht he was shooting and he didn't indicate that it was a full stop under all of the time, but Ihad noticed that most of my shots seemed to be underexposed.
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Old Oct 5, 2005, 4:07 PM   #3
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yea but that just isnt isnt right, since the sensor in fact matches the the meter i am only getting an iso of 800 tops, i need 1600 for the most local high school and d3 college gyms. underexposing the shots and then correcting them really brings out the grain leading me even me more to beleive that it is indeed a 800 sensor equivalent, oh well time to try the canon 20d i guess
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Old Oct 5, 2005, 4:37 PM   #4
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Or you could buy the D2X like I did :?

Actually I don't shot much in low light so the D70 works great for me. The D2X is just awesome though. It seems to be overly sensitive. I'm still learning how to get the best pics from it. It requires a very steady hand, but it's exposures are much better than the D70 in any of the auto modes.

Have you tried setting EV to +1? That might compensate for its wanting to underexpose all of the time. Do you shoot RAW or JPEG? RAW allows lots of adjustment during the processing phase where you can further adjust the exposure and a whole lot more.
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Old Oct 5, 2005, 5:30 PM   #5
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yes i initially set the meter to -1 but whta i need is a 1600 sensor, the meter matches the sensor perfectly, no problem there at all!

unfortunately my nikon capture 30 day trial (another $100 that canon doesnt charge i beleive) ran out way back in june so i am stuck. i knew something was up when i took my daughters prom pics using a sekonic meter in raw mode and they all had to be adjusted by one stop and they all that "underexposed" digital look


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Old Oct 28, 2005, 7:39 PM   #6
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All my exposures with my D70 are about 1 stop to dark. I have resigned myself to preping all my exposures. I tried uping the ev by 1 but started getting blown out hilites which are unrecovable. I am currently fixing this exposure problem with a batch action in PSCS2. I make a duplicate layer and set the blending of that layer to screen, press the move buttonand end the action. From Bridge I run the action on all my exposures. I can now vary they exposure by simply typing in a number between 1 and 9. This really works nice and is worth the effort because it is practically lossless. I do love this camera even with the strange underexposure problem. JC. LeDeane Studio Tucumcari, NM
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