Nikon D300S Discussion
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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..

Comment #1

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?..

Comment #2

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...

Comment #3

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...

Comment #4

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..

Comment #5

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..

Comment #6

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...

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