When taking flash pictures with a D300s the resulting photo is always exposed at the highest ISO value set in the ISO AUTO menu even when my subject is only a few feet away. This frequently results in ISO 3200 pictures when there was no need for the high ISO value. My D70 and D200 only increase the ISO value when I begin to exceed the flash useful range. I can turn off ISO auto and it seems to function normally but with it on the camera insists on using the high value. I have contacted Nikon and they assure me that the camera is working normally. Am I missing something? I recently took about 200 picture in my poorly lighted den and all the available light pictures were at ISO 3200 which I expected but the flash Pictures were also exposed at ISO 3200. Help..
I just bought a Nikon L20 and spending time getting familiar. I previously had a Kodak EZShare one and loved it. Unfortunately, it was stolen and that model is no longer produced. So I was pointed towards the L20 as a compatible pocket model. Thus far, I have found the pics to be grainy and not as clear as I was accoustomed to. The video does not seem quite as good either.
Any tips on best settings to use for photos that minimize the grainy quality?..
Maxx, Thanks for the info. I was beginning to think I was crazy. The only help I got from Nikon was a suggestion that I turn off AUTO ISO when I didn't want this to happen. That is not the answer I wanted since I shift back and fourth between available light and flash exposures frequently. I have currently got ISO AUTO set to 800 max as sort of a compromise. I guess I will try that for a while.
I tried using the repeating flash settings and the ISO value does not respond as it does with it set on TTL but I am not sure about correctness of exposure using this arrangement. Thanks again...
Yeah, I understand why you'd want it to behave like the older models. It's a pain having to switch Auto ISO on/off if you're constantly switching between available light and flash. I'm not sure about repeating flash exposure either. I noticed when using Commander mode (still TTL), it also doesn't boost ISO, so you can enable that if you don't mind the extra delay. Unfortunately, the Commander pre-flash sequence is long enough for some people to react and blink before the image is captured...
I had not tried the commander mode until I read your response. It seems to do just what I want. I will have to try it on some people to see if the blinking is a problem. Do you know of any other downside to using Commander mode? I just took 2 pictures of my wife and her eyes were open in both images. I will try it on some younger folks and see if it is a problem. I have only owned this camera for a few weeks and I still have a lot to learn even though I have been using a D200 for a couple or years.
Fortunately I am retired and can waste a lot of time in mindless activities. Thanks again..
The downsides to using Commander mode that I can think of are: 1. The added delay.
2. It could trigger nearby Nikon flashes that happen to be in slave mode on the same channel.
3. Because it uses a longer pre-flash sequence than regular flash mode, the power left for the actual image capture will be somewhat reduced.
4. I suppose the added pre-flashes may also reduce flash tube life, though that may not be true since they are very short and low-power..
Maxx, After playing with the flash/ISO settings for two days I find that in some combinations of the various settings related to the high ISO issue I can accomplish ISO changes when I move from available light to flash exposure. Anyway, I finally took your advice and set the ISO on/off setting as the top item in MY MENU. I think I will just use it this way and see how it performs in a real setting. I am not making posters anyway and I seldom print anything larger than 8 X 10. I am not sure you can see much noise at that size and my grandchildren don't really care. The pictures I really care about are outdoors in the daylight anyway. Thanks for your help...