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Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-03-2005, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A friend of mine and co-hort for shooting local sports stuff wants to pick my brain to help improve his own photography. I am certain I will learn something from him as well.

Here's the thing, though. I shoot a Canon 10D and he shoots a Nikon D100. Here's my question for your Nikon guys:

What advice can I give him for making the D100 shoot better? Settings? Quirks you know? Anything else?

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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-03-2005, 12:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Greg,

Have him try the following settings:
WB: Cloudy -1
Tone Comp: Less Contrast
Color Space: II Adobe RGB
Sharpness: Low
Hue Adj: +3
Noise reduction: Off

Tried to shoot sports with my d100 after using both the Ftn and the N90. Kept missing shoots as there is a very slight lag. Greater need to anticipate the action as opposed to film camera. I was using a Sigma 70-200 2.8 seemed to focus quickly but there was just a slight lag between pressing the shutter and when it fired.




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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-03-2005, 04:46 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hey Greg,

My .02..have him get rid of the d-100. I believe it to be the worste camera Nikon has made to date. I had one once....got rid of it for a fuji s3 since I had so much glass...otherwise..I would have jumped to canon.
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Your question really is tough to answer, since you don't say what the problem is. He can adjust various settings to accomplish many things. I have a D70 (for now anyway) and I like it a lot (it is the next step up from the D100, but I know many guys who love their D100). He ccould get better lenses (or longer lenses for sports), or just learn to shoot better (maybe use a tripod if he isn't now). Some problems - probably most actually - have less to do with the camera than how he uses it. I see someone here recommended some color and sharpening adjustments, but that might not be what his problem is. Its hard enough to critque work when you see it, but an open-ended comment like this is kind of pointless frankly. I will say this though..... if the problem is with exposure, or color or sharpness (which could be the lenses, or the way he is operating the camera), I suggest he try shooting in RAW mode (or RAW+JPG). This will let him adjust damn near everything before he commits to it, in the safety of his computer, and be able to do it over and over until he gets it right.

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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-03-2005, 07:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Like Andy said, knowing what kinds of sports would be a great help in formulating anything other than a half-baked response...

S2




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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-03-2005, 08:46 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Um ok these are taken by Nikons worst camera...

Models Julie 1st 3, then Amber.



I think the color is fine and I never had a problem with shutter lag.

I use no adjustments to my default settings, use the rgb color space and I am beggining to like RAW despite the drawbacks of shooting slower(write time) I usually shoot large jpeg...

S3 is nice tho, I might get one of those.



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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-03-2005, 11:09 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yes..so they are....and I still dont like the image quality...not to mention they have been photoshopped alot. Id love to see the raw images....since you had to put your .02 in to a comment that had nothing to do with you. Here is another question....ask around how many people have gotten away from nikon on here. Again...just my .02
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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
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Ok, here's my advice no matter what camera you use, it works on all brands. Set it to manual and take meter readings. That method has been working for over a hundred years, with great results.

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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-04-2005, 12:44 AM   #9 (permalink)
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One thing you havent said is why you dont like the image quality. Whats the problem with the D-100s image capture?

You "dont like" doesnt say jack. My uploads prove you can make quality pictures from Nikon, they say hey guy here's what I got from my D-100, so yes its possible for his friend to get something good.

And the subject does have something to do with me: your comment here is part of a general discussion, Im here and you're are slamming Nikon. I use Nikon soooo, I have a little bit of disagreement with your comment, which imho had nothing to do with the original posters question, whereas I did respond how I shoot with my D-100.

As far as photoshopping goes, do you post straight from your camera?
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Re: Hey Nikon Shooters - Need Advice
Old 10-04-2005, 08:37 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Stu,

I didnt realize that I had to back up my OPINION. In a court of law you need to back up statements or accusations by facts. In this situation, its my opinion...and last time I checked, didnt need to be backed up or proven by any facts or evidence. I dont like Nikon plain and simple. Most people I have talked to dont like the d-100 either. Ask around on here and you will find many converts. But..if you would like me to be specific...then I will amuse you. The d-100 image capture is designed in such away that most of the "image quality" comes from building the file in photoshop. Back when I was shooting the d-100, I spent more time in ps than I did shooting. Maybe your a photoshop guru and maybe you enjoy it...thats great...Im a photographer..not a photoshop expert..and while ps is an intergral part of todays "digital world" its meant to enhance an already good image...not re-create it. I also dont like the fact that the d-100 grabs ahold of highlights and ends up blowing out things that shouldnt be blown out. So, in closing..to answer your final ?. Yes..of course I use photoshop to enhance an image...I also know that my final product is very similar in nature to the original image taken straight from the camera...and in no way would I be embarrased or worried about posting a raw unprocessed image. Can you say the same?
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