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Rendering problems of D300 on PC (1 image)
I just purchased a Nikon D300 to replace my stolen D200. I was testing it out today and took a few pictures of my new granddaughter. The pictures looked good and the parents wanted a copy. We moved them over to their mac and the JPGs looked great in FrontRow (NEF's did not display). I was pleased with the quality of my new camera and 17-55 2.8 lens..

However, when I got home and moved them over to my laptop, I discovered that the color/rendering was off. Attempting to open them in CS2 or Nikon Capture resulted in blotchy details, almost like pointalism, particularly in the highlights. Here is what I am talking about:.

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Any ideas as to why this is happening? Is it from the camera or the PC? It might be my computer because it displayed fine on the mac. However, my D200 pictures have always been fine quality, and still are..

Thanks for the help,Straw..

Comments (12)

I don't see any problems with that image at all. Maybe the display setting on your computer are off..

The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

Comment #1

Thanks much. On the mac, I could define the baby hair on the child's cheek. Is your picture that clear?Straw..

Comment #2

Check your video/screen settings on the pc. Also calibration might be in order...

Comment #3

I'm using a custom built PC with Vista Ultimate. The picture looks perfectly fine to me..

Do movies, videos, and pictures taken with other cameras look alright to you on your computer?..

Comment #4

The problem is the Display Properties on your laptop - sounds like it has been turned down to a very low setting..

Assuming you have Windows XP, right-click on the empty desktop and choose Properties (or go via the Control Panel, Appearance and Themes, then Display, or in 'Classic' view go directly to Display)..

In the Display Properties window choose the Settings tab. The choices you have will depend on your hardware but with an LCD screen you should always choose the highest possible setting...

Comment #5

Thank you again for your help. The resolution and quality of the screens is set on the highest possible setitngs..

There is something strange, as images I have previously taken on a D200 still look fine..

There seems to be something different with the images I am downloading from the new D300. It seemed to occur after I downloaded Nikon transfer and Capture NX - but that is also when I downloaded the first pics from the D300. I also shot the first group of pics in the default sRGB colorspace, not Adobe RGB. But I can't imagine that this would make such a difference..

Frustrating - almost as bad as the darkroom could be - (many years ago!)..

Straw..

Comment #6

Straw001 wrote:.

There seems to be something different with the images I amdownloading from the new D300. It seemed to occur after I downloadedNikon transfer and Capture NX - but that is also when I downloadedthe first pics from the D300. I also shot the first group of pics inthe default sRGB colorspace, not Adobe RGB. But I can't imagine thatthis would make such a difference..

It is definitely not an sRGB/AdobeRGB issue, the difference would be much more subtle than the problem you described..

I would suggest taking this to the Nikon forum...

Comment #7

That image looks fine to me..

You need to be aware that when a system displays a photo ( or any image ) it is being processed for display. The result depends on exactly what package you use to display the image, exactly what settings and even how long the display device is operating ( things like monitors and lcds and some printers need time to get to correct operating conditions ( like the temperature of internal components )..

Personally I would not use a laptop except for temporary use, like a field trip or aholiday. I don't regard laptop displays very highly..

Also the "highest possible settings" are not always the "optimal quality settings". Just because a display is rated to a particular level does not mean it's best at that level..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #8

Sjgcit wrote:.

Also the "highest possible settings" are not always the "optimalquality settings". Just because a display is rated to a particularlevel does not mean it's best at that level..

With an LCD screen, it does. I can't think of any exception to that - can you?.

This is not to be compared with choosing display settings for a CRT monitor, when the best choice was often a compromise...

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The greatest of mankind's criminals are those who delude themselves into thinking they have done 'the right thing.'- Rayna Butler..

Comment #10

"Also the "highest possible settings" are not always the "optimal quality settings". Just because a display is rated to a particular level does not mean it's best at that level.".

From what I have heard the lcd should be set at the native resolution of the lcd. that may/may not equal the highest setting..

On the dell 20ich 2007WFP the max resolution is 1650x1080 and that is where you are supposed to run it at, period. it can be set to other resolutions but that is the only one that dell and the owner's manual recommends.is your laptop set to the recommended resolution?.

The pic looks fine on my 19Inch calibrated monitor...

Comment #11

For optimal image quality, an LCD monitor should always be set to it's native resolution...

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