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D300 Manual exposure problem

I set my camera on manual (speed and aperature set) but when I take a shot they both change - doubling speed each time I click the shutter.

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  • wpadarin Oct 09, 2008

    D300
    (a) in manual mode, shutter speed halves (ie gets longer) after each activation.
    (b) P and S modes, using exposure compensation often varies the exposure in the opposite direction - haven't so far detected what the exact pattern is


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Likely there's nothing wrong with the D300 - all that's happened is that its inadvertently been set into bracketing mode and hence it cycles through 3 or 5 or 7 different exposures each time it is activated!

Posted on Oct 10, 2008

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