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Old May 5, 2006, 7:41 AM   #1
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A link from Mr Rockwells site on how he sets up a D50

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d50/d50-settings.htm



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Old May 5, 2006, 8:54 PM   #2
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"QUAL: I shoot Normal JPGs. This is called NORM and L on the top LCD, which stands for NORMal JPG compression and Large (3,008 x 2,000) image size. I'll use BASIC for parties and uncritical images, and FINE only for really important shots where I don't mind the big files."

Uhh..... Why buy a brand new DSLR and then not use the highest quality settings really...
The cost of a 2 gig mem stick (which will get you at least 700 pics on Fine) Is less than 1/4 of the cost of the camera...

He later mentions how he can't tell a difference but pictures come out half the size, Half the size = half the data, so theres obviously some compression going on there. I wouldn't chance losing any detail myself...
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Old May 6, 2006, 12:21 AM   #3
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I posted the link because he gives a better explanation of settingsthan the Nikon manual,yes he does contradict himself a few times, and he is biased towards Nikon products.He has some good photoshop techniques that people should read and apply.

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Old May 6, 2006, 1:02 AM   #4
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Hey guys!!!

Well since Ken Rockwell is my mothers -fathers -brothers -cousins- dad... We are sorta kin and I like his reviews!!! Ok so Im lying on him being kinfolk but I do enjoy reading what he writes... I guess this probably sets us "learning modes" from the "pros". I see many more experienced "shooters" that dont care for Cousin Ken *lol* but hey he makes me understand better than the manual for sure!! tommysdad Muah!!! thanks for the link.. its now bookmarked in my "Tips" bookmarks...

I also agree with Lexiticus.... I shoot in Fine mode..JUST in case I do someday in the future...shoot the NewsWeek's Front Cover Photo of the Year Picture ... wouldn't it suck if I had it on normal mode instead and was turned down due to low quality *grins* ...hey i can dream can't i?

So...guys. Im straddling the fence... be nice to me ... I appreciate both of you and your help in showing me the *way*

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Fine mode, fine mode, fine mode, fine mode fine mode - did i mention fine mode ?

Don't see the point of anything else, most people have big enough cards to give them 100+ pictures in fine mode (film users would have to change film at least twice to get that !!!!)

A few weeks ago I saw a woodpecker at some nuts.I had a 55-200 lens on the camera, so zoom wasn't that great but i caught the bird. I then did a very substantial crop and got a lovely picture and printed it out - perfect.I doubt that i could have cropped so heavily ifI had been in anything other than fine mode.

You just never know the moment.

another fine mode story !!!!!, a friend of mine was in Prague and took a brilliant night time picture of a bridge, beautifully lit up, it really was a nice capture. Anyway, he came across a competition in a magazine for nightime shots and he thought he had just the shot to win - sadly, he had put his camera in one of the lower modes (he has a 4MP camera) and there was not enough pixels there to do the resolution that the competition required for minimum file and picture size - shame. He now shoots everything in fine mode.
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Yea I shoot everything in fine mode too. My main card is 2GB big no need to shoot in any other mode. With my backup card (1gb) my battery shouldrun out before I run out of memory.
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