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05/01/2003 11:31:44 PM · #1
I bought a new Nikon 5700 last week and have had great success with outdoor shots in the daylight. The problem I have is when I try night shots or low light shots with or without a tripod. The image is very shaky, blurred and takes on an opressive green overload. I am wondering if others have experienced this problem. I am using the camera in the auto mode with settings to default. I would appreciate opinions as to weither this is a camera related problem, or a product related problem. $900 is a lot to spend on this model when my Olympus 2100 2 Mp did a better job.
05/01/2003 11:42:04 PM · #2
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05/02/2003 12:23:23 AM · #3
John,

My guess is that the green is caused by the street lights. If your camera is set to auto white balance, it simply may not be doing a good job of adjusting for the color of the light. (many street lights have a strong green color cast.)

I'm sure you can manually set a white balance. Just use a white card outside under those lights, set the white balance, and shoot away. (Be sure and set the camera white balance to preset first!)

But that should improve your color a good deal. The 5700 is reputed to be a fine camera.

PS. If your using a tripod and still getting shakey images, try using the self timer while the camera is on the tripod... see if that clears things up.

Message edited by author 2003-05-02 00:25:21.
05/02/2003 02:18:02 AM · #4
Originally posted by john22132:

I bought a new Nikon 5700 last week and have had great success with outdoor shots in the daylight. The problem I have is when I try night shots or low light shots with or without a tripod. The image is very shaky, blurred and takes on an opressive green overload. I am wondering if others have experienced this problem. I am using the camera in the auto mode with settings to default. I would appreciate opinions as to weither this is a camera related problem, or a product related problem. $900 is a lot to spend on this model when my Olympus 2100 2 Mp did a better job.


Lets trade mine 3800 for your 5700 ,maybe that would help :-)
05/02/2003 03:41:07 AM · #5
John,
Mcmurma has it right about setting the white balance.
They actually suggest the medium grey card though. You do have the presets to mess with too if you know what light you are shooting in-ie: Incandescant is usually indoor lights and some street lamps (reddish glow), Flourescent are those long stick lights and some outdoor street lamps (which is likely the green glowing ones mentioned in your pic-can't see it by the way), Cloudy (has a warm tone), and fine (bright sunlight), speedlight is almost the same as cloudy.
One way to get around this is to shoot in raw mode. You can then adjust it in Nikon View 6, and see which one you like the best, and also adjust the brightness, etc.
You can also set it do bracket the white balance...this means taking 3 pictures, but if you don't want to shoot out of raw, another way.
Good place to look- DPreview Nikon and you can type in a search.
Right now I am working on some "digital" filters for these corrections and manipulations involving the white balance adjustment. Hopefully to decrease the editing time for all the dang pics I am taking. (C:

tracy

Message edited by author 2003-05-02 03:42:29.
05/03/2003 10:05:05 AM · #6
John,

I did a similar transition to yours, from an Oly2100 to the 5700 and had similar problems. The color issue could be white balance; get a gray card, for a few bucks it's a great investment. The blurriness however is probably failure of the focus to lock onto where you intended. Unlike the 2100 with an optic viewfinder (VF), the 5700 VF is digital so you can't tell when it has missed the focus. The 5700 is notorious (although a lot of people argue that point) for been poor at focusing at low light situations. Make sure the green light in the VF is on before taking the shot, if blinking then it hasn't focused. Good luck!
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