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#1 John W

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 09:31 AM

I noticed with the rental and now with my D500 that the Nikon often shoots auto white balance cooler than my Canon. Sometimes by 1000 on the temp scale. Canon 5700+- and Nikon 4700+- on the same shot. Obviously it is easy to adjust but is this normal? On some shots the Nikon looks a bit cooler than natural to me.

 

I set up the D500 for back button focus, af-c, group, center. I set the PV1 button for af-c, single center point. I would like to be able to move the focus point with the joy stick on the back of the body but am unable to do so. Is there a setting that enables the focus point to be moved with the joy stick?



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Posted 21 August 2016 - 11:17 AM

Check if you have the focus unlocked.

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And WB too many factors. Lens, sensor, color recognition. I have no comparison to the Canon shots but as I read the colors are very realistic with D500. In compare to... the previous models :D

So it might be true but with raw it is no problem.


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 12:11 PM

lol. Thank you, I figured it was simple.



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Posted 21 August 2016 - 12:20 PM

Had the same 'problem' so I know how you feel :D


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Posted 21 August 2016 - 02:01 PM

The D500 and D5 metering system is superrrrr accurate.

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 11:39 AM

The more I shoot with the D500 the more I find that the auto wb uses a wider range than the 7DII. With obviously limited shooting on the D500 I have seen the wb range from 3750 - 9000+. With the 7DII I saw a typical temp range of 4500 - 6500. Interesting. 



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 12:55 PM

this is consistent with my observation.  Nikon cameras tend to produce cooler images.  No biggie if you adjust in post.

 

kind of annoying though because some of my photos especially in poorly lit indoor lighting, the skin tones come out really orangey.  and some photos come out overly warm. 



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 02:48 PM

I don't like auto WB. It is ok when shooting like 10 photos. But hundreds really hurts in post pro when every single one has different WB.

Anyway this wider range is a bad thing?



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Posted 23 August 2016 - 03:20 PM

if you shoot hundreds of photos all within similar lighting conditions, then its easy to batch process with lightroom to apply the WB.  Prime example would be a wedding reception.  Lighting doesn't change much except if there are tons of windows, the hall has tungsten lighting and the reception hall goes from daylight to night time gradually.   

 

it is a nightmare though for concerts when the lights keep changing but then again, manual/preset wb has to constantly change to match it and work still has to be done in post.

 

honestly, for me AWB works the best.  if I'm shooting a series of shots with similar lighting and I really want to nail down the wb, I'll shoot a grey card shot in each different scene for reference.






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