Nikon D80 Problem???

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  1. Fleeting

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    When I first started to use it on Xmas Day, I was very impressed with the clarity and sharpness of the images on the lcd screen. Most of the shots that day were taken with the built in flash with a 50mm f1.8.

    When I downloaded them to my PC I noticed that they seemed a little dark/dull compared to the D80 screen.

    In PS I checked the 'levels histogram' and nearly all the flash and some outdoor images needed the right hand slider moving over to the left, which brightened them up a lot.

    Is this normal with a DSLR ?

    The levels on my little ixus never needed adjusting...

    Here some examples.

    Xmas 2006 034 (Custom).jpg

    sam And Harvey (Custom).jpg

    Xmas 2006 050 (Custom).jpg

    Harvey (Custom).jpg

    Is it just me?
     
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    i noticed this with mine
    had the d80 for about 3 months

    i put it down to the settings for the screen on the camera that you can adjust rather than an inherent fault.

    it is widely accepted that the d80 does ibn fact overexpose most of the time and that may be overcome by stopiing it down a bit.

    have fun

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  3. Fleeting

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    Its not just me then :thumbsup:

    Do you have yours stopped down 'all the time' ?
     
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    I always shoot In RAW with mine and only use the lcd to check for clarity(sharpness zoomed 50%) spot metering tests,and histogram views.

    Never trust it,when an image is that small it always looks great,and it will always look different large on your monitor.If you shoot in RAW (recommended)you can tweak to your hearts content.:)


    Page 103 of the manual tells you how to adjust the lcd screen
     
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    My Pentax K100D seems to have the same trait - slight underexposure when viewed on a PC screen. I've tried auto-bracketing (using 0.5 EV steps), and the middle shot does look the best, so I reckon it's underexposing by about 0.2.

    I wonder if DSLR manufacturers are doing this on purpose, to preserve detail? Pictures taken with my old Fuji 7000 look a lot brighter, but closer inspection shows burn-out on highlights, and no detail in shadows.
     
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    Just to confrim from another D80 user, my one seems to doing the same thing.

    Not sure if its a "problem" as such, but maybe just adjusting by 0.5 will help. Either that or shoot in RAW as vulkan75 said.

    Paul
     

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