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Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 3:43 am

Hi All,

Yesterday I bacame proud owner of Nikon D100. I couldn't hold it until after X-mass when I saw that D100 at Penn Camera was for just $1399. I did little research on this forum but many questions that I have are answered in 5 different ways.
Here is couple of them:
1) White Balance - Should I leave it on Auto or should I change it to specific option?
2) Shooting mode - Should I take pictures in NEF (Raw), Comp.NEF (Raw), TIFF-RGB or JPEG Fine mode?

Thanks guys,
BWIADCA - Nikon D100
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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 5:00 am

leave WB at Auto and adjust as needed in Nikon Capture.

Always shoot in NEF.
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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:34 am

Auto White Balance will do perfectly in most of the situations outdoors or with flash. Anyway, as Royal suggests, shooting NEF will allow you to select WB (or many other settings) later.

I shot NEF 98% of the times and the JPEG Fine when a need a larger sequence to improve the buffer usage.

Compressed NEF is almost useless due to sloooooow writing time.

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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 8:39 am

Do any of you have experience with Nikon Capture 4, it is very tempting. I know with the D2H it maps the CCD sensor and can automatically remove any dustspots on the image, can it also do this with the D100.
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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:03 pm

Wow Rafal, good choice. I also own a D100 and had it for about a year now.
I am still learning how to use this camera and learn from my mistakes everyday when I shoot and am getting better and better at it. For white balance, I have my setting at auto usually does good for me, try for yourself, play with it a bit. As for the shooting mode, its up to you. how big is your memory card? if its big, shoot at TIFF or RAW mode. I personally have a 528mb CFC card, so I usually shoot large JPEG FINE mode. I could easily shoot 150 or so photos with my memory card. If I shoot, RAW or TIFF, I could only shoot like 30-50 photos and it would be very large and slow to shoot continous mode. Anyway, it is an awesome camera and hope you enjoy your new present. Looking forward and shooting with you guys in the DC area and for your photos on this site.



PS. What kind(s) of lenses you got on her? Are you planning on buying a Nikkor 100-400mm VR lense?

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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:40 pm

aloha Lindy,

nice to hear you choosed the D100  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I also use her, and find her pretty good, had never any problems,anyway ...... , re whitebalance, I never use auto , I normally use the cloudy balance on all occasions, except if there is real sun,then I go for the sun balance .... , re format, I use jpeg fine 6mio pixels ... , and watch out: leave all the sharpening and contrast options on normal ...

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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Wed Dec 17, 2003 5:52 pm

Hi Everybody, I too just bought the D100 and so its GREAT!!!! I just keep mine in JPEG mode.I just bought a 256mb card and I can shoot 149 pics.
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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Thu Dec 18, 2003 12:02 am

Hi All,

I have two CF cards. 512mb and 128mb. Yesterday I was playing with it a bit and when I used TIFF format everything was great on Nikon Capture software, but then I've chosen Edit in Photoshop option and I saved it as a TIFF (I wanted to see size of TIFF file after conversion).
File was saved on my hard drive. The size was 34MB.
When I clicked to open it, the file looked like it was corrupted. What I'm doing wrong?


PS - I'm using Nikkor ED 70-300mm f4-5.6D and Sigma 28-80mm.
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RE: Nikon D100 Settings

Thu Dec 18, 2003 7:03 am


I haven't found Nikon TIFF very useful as it has the following drawbacks:

-Large size (even larger than NEF)
-Data are only 8 bit per value (12bit for NEF)
-Sharpening, white balance, contrast, hue values are applied and saved, so no way to correct them

Mark, I'm also waiting for Nikon Capture 4 to try the dust removal option, but I've read somewhere that only works with the D2H  Sad Let's hope it's just a rumor, that wouldn't free us to clean the CCD from time to time...

Toni M

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