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Camera Settings,Nikon D70S Please Help  
User currently offlineMaxketan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 9 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5919 times:

I have bought Nikon D70s with 18-70mm lence and sigma 70-300mm lense, I have tried to take some pics at heathrow but i guess my camera settings are not good enought and I personally dont know much about DSLR.
Could anyone please help me out what settings should I keep, what file size and other whitebalance settings and stuff.
Hope I would get some help.

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User currently offlineDm From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 344 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

I have a D80 and D200 but i have used a D70 in the past.

Shooting menu:
Optimize image>custom> 1.Image sharpening>normal 2. tone compression>normal 3 saturation>normal
Image quality>jpeg fine
Image size>large
White balance>auto (personal preference)
ISO>100 (depends on light)

I would recommend shooting in aperture priority mode at first. Usually in bright daylight you can have it at f/8, and as light falls off you can open up to a bigger aperture like f/7.1 f/6.3 and so on. If you really need a higher shutter speed as it gets even darker you can increase your ISO too but anything above 400 and your likely to notice lots of grain.


User currently offlineMaxketan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5913 times:

Thanks for the info DM. It wud help.
thanks again.

User currently offlineSFO2SVO From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 407 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 5898 times:

I usually leave Optimize Image at default: tried extra saturation and sharpening but later found that it is easier to adjust later. For that reason also, I would shoot RAW.
I try to use highest shutter speeds (except for props) - especially if using non-VR lens.

I did not have much luck with ISO over 200. I have heard D80, 200, 300 are much better at that.

Maybe you could post some of your photos in this thread?

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User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 5886 times:

Quoting SFO2SVO (Reply 3):
I usually leave Optimize Image at default: tried extra saturation and sharpening but later found that it is easier to adjust later. For that reason also, I would shoot RAW

Good advice. I would turn off all in camera sharpening and saturation etc. Do that later in post processing.

As ISO and shutter settings this will vary with conditions and your skill. If you get good sun and you can keep that camera still you can shoot at 100 or a little more. With the lowest shutter speed too you will get nice results. I advise a good book on photography and a lot of practice out at the airport. You will see results.

User currently offlineDerstatic From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 49 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5855 times:

I shoot with the exact same equipment you do. I noticed that my results went up significantly and got more consistant when I selected aperture priority and f/8 for sunshine shots and about two steps bigger hole for clouded ones.

Spot or center measurement was also alot better than the 3d because that often made my planes underexposed because of all the light from the sky. With spot or center I point at the plane, press half way, and then fully at the bip and the image is optimised for the plane, not the sky.

If you can get close enough I would avoid shooting at full tele with the 300 sigma. I've found mine to be a little unsharp when zoomed to much. My best results with the sigma came in the 130-230mm window.

Priceworthy equipment both the sigma and the D70. It's getting a little obsolete perhaps but definately good enough for A.net if you are a decent photoshopper. I'm not yet, but getting closer and closer.

User currently offlineBrianW999 From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 314 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5831 times:

I used to use a D70s and now use D80 's. As others have said, I disable all in camera processing, shoot RAW, centre weighted metering, aperture priority (around f8 - f10), ISO 100 whenever possible and, in bright sun underexpose by -.3 to -.7 stop. This underexposure avoids blowing out the whites that most airliners have these days and is easily allowed for in processing. If the darker clouds come over then I'll go back to 0 exposure compensation but will otherwise use -.3 stop underexposure for bright cloud.

User currently offlineMaxketan From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2007, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 5809 times:

Thanks to all of you guys for your suggesstions and advice.
more advice welcome.

User currently offlineKereru From New Zealand, joined Jun 2003, 873 posts, RR: 41
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5746 times:

Hi Ketan,

I used to have a D70 and used aperture priority at f8 for fast action and on prop aircraft shutter priority varying the speed from 1/60 to 1/200 to get prop blur. Center weighted metering and on very sunny days -0.3 so they would not burn out the whites. After my first initial experiences using jpg fine I graduated to raw as it is easier to recover any small discrepancies in exposure that I made in the field. Getting the right exposure saves a lot of post processing in the work flow. I now have a D200 and find it much better with exposure and generally a pleasure to use. D70 was a good camera and I had a lot of fun using it and hope you do too with your D70s. Don't be afraid to push the limits and try new things as it is easy to check the results on screen.

Have fun.

Colin  old 

Good things take Time.
User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4941 posts, RR: 35
Reply 9, posted (8 years 23 hours ago) and read 5731 times:

Good advice - those were a few things I didn't notice in the settings of my D80.

I'm really learning to use it much better now.  Smile

User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 25
Reply 10, posted (8 years 17 hours ago) and read 5720 times:

read the manual - better than the suck it and see method.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1461 posts, RR: 21
Reply 11, posted (8 years 12 hours ago) and read 5708 times:

Set the dial on the top to "Canon."  duck 

Cal  airplane 

*Insert Sound Of GE90 Spooling Up Here*
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