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Old Apr 4, 2005, 11:10 AM   #1
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Hi, I am new to this forum and new to the CP8800. I am having a lighting problem when I take pictures with a shutter speed of 1500 or 3000. When I shoot at these shutter speeds the picture can be very dark (even at ISO 400), even on a clear, sunny day.

Has anyone else encountered this problem? How is this corrected?



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Old Apr 4, 2005, 5:30 PM   #2
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On a clear, sunny day you shouldn't need shutter speeds of 1500 or 3000... unless your subject is moving REALLY fast... 60, 125 or 250 is usually sufficient.

For correct exposure at fast shutter speeds you need maximum aperture which on the 8800 is 'limited' to f2.8... more speed, wider aperture. If your pictures come out 'dark' the aperture isn't wide enough. Also if you increase ISO to 400 the noise becomes unacceptable.

Try shooting in Program mode and check the shutter speed and aperture: to stop the action use Program Shift to increase shutter speed... or to extend (or limit) depth of field adjust the aperture. The camera will tell you if you're going wrong.

Try everything on Auto and go from there.

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Old Apr 4, 2005, 9:58 PM   #3
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(even at ISO 400), even on a clear, sunny day.
Has anyone else encountered this problem? How is this corrected?
brd-hunter71:

Erase ISO 200 & 400 from your thinking, from here on. ISO 50=superb PQ. ISO 100=pretty good, if there's plenty of light.

Other corrections:

1. A 2.8 aperture + VR will get you most of what you want.

2. Stay on P(for Program), and tailor that for your major shooting needs.

3. Never trust dialing the little green "camera" automatic-thingy....

4. Don't trust the little "flower-macro" symbol too much either. Rely on your half-shutter-push and your eye, for best focus....

My exerience thus faras a five-day8800 newbie,

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Old Apr 5, 2005, 9:57 AM   #4
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Thanks for the tips! I will have to test them out.

Just to level set a little bit more - I am trying to shoot fast action, I have also been attempting to do some freeze action at local waterfalls. While I was performing some tests yesterday, I did increase the EV to compensate and it seemed to work well at 1500; however, it was still well underexposed at 3000.

This advice just gives me more fuel to really get to know this great camera. I will post some photos when I get the results that I am looking for.



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