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D90, Black Bottom Half of the Frame (Any help appreciated....)

richard gaynor , Jan 27, 2009; 02:39 p.m.

I am brand new to digital photography and am trying to get back into this field after many years....I recently purchased a new nikon d90. I tried using an old nikon 105mm 773379 lens and selected the manual mode..............when I took a picture only part of the top was visible, the rest all black..........any suggestions................. also is it better to shoot in the jpg mode with this camera? Any help appreciated...rich

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Shun Cheung , Jan 27, 2009; 02:43 p.m.

Any help appreciated....

Were you using a flash as your primary light source? What were your shutter speed and aperture used?

Wolfgang Arnold , Jan 27, 2009; 02:49 p.m.

Any help appreciated....

About the jpg: depends on what you want - if you don't want to take the time for postprocessing, jpg is fine and probably the right choice for starting digital photography. Otherwise: use raw format.

Robert Hooper , Jan 27, 2009; 03:02 p.m.

Any help appreciated....

I'm guessing Shun has the answer to your defective image if you were using flash. Sounds like a flash synchronization problem.

As far as jpeg vs NEF. Wow, this could turn into a long thread. For those like me who are lazy and want to do most of their image manipulation in camera, jpeg. is the answer. If you love post processing and spending hours pealing away the layers of Photoshop or some other truly amazing program, RAW/NEF, is the way to go. Basically, I love the simplicity of jpeg and iPhoto. I get a certain satisfaction in getting the images the way I want them right out of the camera. Kind of like when I shot transparency film in the old days.

That is oversimplifying the matter, of course. I'll let others type the words. BTW, there are threads galore on photo.net regarding the pros and cons of the different file types.

Robert Hooper , Jan 27, 2009; 03:10 p.m.

Any help appreciated....

Another thought, Richard. You can shoot both NEF and jpeg at the same time with your D90. Nifty, yes? Memory cards are cheap these days. Why not, until you are better prepared to make decisions like this without asking us?

Robert Hooper , Jan 27, 2009; 03:44 p.m.

Don't be shy, Rich.

You haven't given us much to go on but, your shutter speed must not exceed 1/200 sec. when using flash. Were you using flash to expose that defective image?

The Nikon 105mm f2.5 AI lens is a great performer and should work fine in manual mode with your D90, (no meter interaction with Nikon AI lenes, though). You'll need to use a hand held meter or, "chimp".

Ronald Moravec , Jan 27, 2009; 05:06 p.m.

You used too high a flash sync speed or the shutter is defective. If you did not use flash, the shutter is defective or the file did not get fully written to the card. Give the process time to complete.

Use JPEG if you want smaller files sizes and do not want to do editing. It is like shooting film and sending it out to the drug store. You can still do some photoshop type work on JPEG but you loose the ability to easily alter color balance fully.

If you don`t care about storage requirements, the raw and JPEG workflow can be exactly the same + raw is more versatile.

richard gaynor , Jan 27, 2009; 08:10 p.m.

Thank you all for being so helpful and I apologize for my lack of knowledge. I tried the lens on several f stops without a flash because I thought the d90 flash would work automatically and I am not sure of the speed setting....I will try with an external flash and play with the settings...........all of the info regarding the JPEG file was very informative....thank you all so much....rich

Rick Helmke , Jan 27, 2009; 10:03 p.m.

If I recall, when using a dedicated flash or the pop-up flash the camera will not allow you to go faster than the fastest synch speed, usually 1/200 or 250. This would not be the case using an older third party unit such as a Vivitar 283 or something along those lines. Not a dedicated flash in other words. Was a flash even being used in this case? Rick H.

George Adamson , Jan 28, 2009; 03:35 a.m.

Same thing happened to me today. same camera. What a nuisance.


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