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Old 12-04-2005, 12:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have lot's of issues with this camera, would apperaciate some help.
First there is no place for a sync cord attachment. What do I need to get my studio lights to fire. The second and I'm not sure there is a fix short of sending tha camera back to Nikon. There is a 2 degree tilt in the finished product. Through the lens , it's square.
White balane seems to be on it's own doing what ever it wants to. Works best in auto. Any of the other setting some times gives me the results I expect but mostly seems to shift mainly to blue.

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Old 12-04-2005, 01:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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lol...I feel your pain...that is why I got rid of that &((*&( camera. My sugesstion...do the same. I know about the white balance...it likes to grab highlights and blow them out where they shouldnt be. I now shoot with a fuji s3 pro and a canon 20 with a Mark 2 1dn on the way....all hail the canon gods...lol.

S3 pro in action

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Re: Nikon D-100
Old 12-04-2005, 01:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Really can't afford to leave the Nikon family. Too many lens to replace too many accessories to do that.
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Old 12-04-2005, 03:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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First there is no place for a sync cord attachment. What do I need to get my studio lights to fire

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Nikon have the AS-15 hot shoe attachment available for about $20, if I remember correctly. Wein sells one that's in about the same price range. Either of those will attach your camera to the lights with a cord.

If you prefer the wireless route, for aboug $50 you can Ebay a cheapie trandsmitter/receiver combo that will fire your strobes wirelessly. Or, for a bit more, the Pocket Wizards and the others are out there as well.


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The second and I'm not sure there is a fix short of sending tha camera back to Nikon. There is a 2 degree tilt in the finished product. Through the lens , it's square.

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I'm not sure what you're saying, here. Do you mean that when you line something up and it's perfectly horizontal in your viewfinder, that in the image that's recorded the horizon is tilted 2 degrees? If so, my question is.. just how the hell did you measure 2 degrees,anyway? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

White balance is a two-edged sword... it can work for you and ag'n you. Since I shoot RAW almost exclusively, I leave it set to AUTO and adjust the white balance as needed in CAPTURE.

The D100 is a good camera with limitations just like any other piece of electronic equipment. It takes a bit of effort at mastery - belive me, we feel your pain 'cause we've all been there. But, when you get a handle on it, you certainly can produce some nice images.

This is Ashley-Diane...

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Old 12-04-2005, 03:41 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Nikon make a synch cord adapter that fits into the hot shoe and will fix your sync lead problem.
White balance in the studio is simple.. do a custom white balance using a grey card., it is so quick and easy that its not funny. Mr canon please take note...
Also you are able to add warm or cool tints to most digital cameras via the menu, and the D100 is not an exception. I'm sorry I can't remember how on the D100 as I now use other bodies.
Fuji digitals also use nikon glass and the D200 will be available shortly, not to mention the D2x
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Old 12-04-2005, 05:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The AS-15 adapter is definitely the solution to your PC sync issue. I got one for my D100 and it works flawlessly. Only thing better would be a wireless transmitter (do you hear me Santa?)

Not sure what that 2 degree shift refers to. As for the white balance irregularities ... I've not noticed any issues in my controlled studio environment.

Here's an image of Lacy from a shoot last week.
Nikon D100, Nikkor 24-120mm lens, two Alien Bee lights (one on model, one in fireplace).

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Old 12-04-2005, 08:51 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't have a studio, clouds moving in and out of a scene makes it do strange things.
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Old 12-04-2005, 08:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Indeed shooting in raw has helped a lot.
I got 2 degrees form photo shop. Thats what it takes to square things up again. I'll get that as -15 someone else mentioned that to me. Nikon has so many gadgets, hard to keep up with what does what.
Thanks.
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Old 12-04-2005, 09:33 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry but you read like you have not even read the manual.

Why dont you post one of your 2 degree tilts? Then when we can see whats up maybe we can help you with it.

Im very happy with the Nikon D100, when it came out it was a leading edge camera. Of course now it has its shortcomings compared with the latest models.
But every shot in my port is with the D-100.

Stu

Looking forward to seeing what D-200 is like.

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Re: Nikon D-100
Old 12-04-2005, 10:06 PM   #10 (permalink)
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For all its faults the D-100 is a capable camera, even today, depending on what your shooting and where the images are going. As with any camera its best to read the manual and practice. I cant tell you how many people I have seen at workshops that dont know how to set the white balance, or custom white balance. To many people take the camera out of the box and expect it to be spot on everytime. I dont know of any camera that are like that, or any product for that manner. I had 2 D-100's for some time and I got great results from it. The biggest weak link I found was noise, but I learned to work around the cameras capabilites. To this very day I am still making money on many stock images that where taken with the D-100. I have not owned one for over a year, but I have made about $11,000 off that camera this year alone. I shoot Canon now and I am happy with the results, although I have had more build quality issues with Canon, as well as 2 warranty repairs on one of my bodies. looking back, I never had a single issue with either of my Nikon bodies, EVER. So I still sit on the fence. The D-200 is should be right up your alley when you want to upgrade. They are slow to release products, but when they do they are usually top notch.

Now as for the pc sync, just go to ebay and by on of those wireless transmitters. The no name deals cost like $30 and last forever. I have 3, just for backup, which I have never needed. They do not have all the features or range as the Pocket Wizards, but they are cheap and do almost everything most people want, and they weigh next to nothing.

The tilt issue has me puzzled, never heard that before. I would love to see an image that is showing this problem. Good luck with your issues.....
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