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My Nikon D80 seems to not be letting in enough light, its struggling to do any exposures in a fairly well lit room, that are above 5th sec and regularly defaulting to 1600 ISO when in auto! I'm fairly well experienced and have checked all the obvious things like ISO etc. When you look through the viewfinder, it seems to be darker - any advice much appreciated.

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  • neeshneesh Dec 19, 2008

    My Nikon D80 seems to not be letting in enough light, it has previously been fine. I have had it for 2 years and am an experienced user. In AUTO, it will not go above 5/10th sec with 3.5f, without pushing the ISO up to 1600, obviously not correct. The room is fairly well lit and does not require a flash. Through the viewfinder, it seems darker too. Is there an internal error, preventing the full amount of light to reach the sensor?

  • neeshneesh Dec 19, 2008

    Any further advice? All i can find is info on how to use the camera to adjust the exposure and i can guarantee, thats not the problem.




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Try to adjust the settings from your camera like the mode of flash that could interfer the picture.

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If you use built in flash this is normal, also this camera tends to underexpose pictures.

Adjust brightness and exposure time to fix the problem.

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    Ginko Dec 19, 2008

    On internet discussion groups there are many pages on underexposed pictures on this and similar models.

    Apparently you should be able to fix this by adjusting the camera settings.

    I quote testimonials from Google discussion group Nikon D80 Dark or Underexposed Photos:

    If you are using the built in flash, it is very easy to get dark pictures.
    If you are using the SB600 with a dome diffuser, then all should be well
    even with a slow lens like the 18-70 zoom.

    I have found that my D70 does tend to under expose by about a stop. You
    should avoid judging exposure with the LCD. Instead look at the histogram.
    If the histogram shows underexposure, then you as the photographer have to
    do something. "


    "High end digital is a different animal than film.
    For best results you should be willing to learn to make tweaks to the image,
    preferably using raw.
    If you prefer P&S ("you press the shutter, we do the rest" paradigm) there
    is no reason to lug around a chunky dSLR and lens.
    In general, with digital, slight underexposure is preferable as digital
    capture has essentially zero overexposure latitude but can preserve detail
    with reasonable noise for about 1.5 stops underexposure.
    I assure you the D80 is a magnificent camera once you learn how to use it
    with basic image processing. "

    "Any expensive DSLR has a flash exposure correction menu item that can be set
    to make the camera call for more flash, and that may give you better results.
    But the underlying problem is that nowadays camera default settings seem to
    favor uising flash for fill-in only. There are several reasons why this is or
    isn't a good idea, but it seems to be the current fad. Gisle Hannemyr, a
    Norwegian writer/photographer, has written a fairly exhaustive treatise on
    Canon's implementation of this phenomenon and how to adjust your settings to
    make it work in your favor (or at least not get in your way)"


    "I set my D80 for plus one half-stop exposure compensation (read the manual)
    for daylight shots and one full stop for flash shots. It works great. Always
    check the exposure compensation icon on the screen before shooting, as it is
    easy to reset this accidentally."

    This is a professional camera, and you need to use customised settings if you want the best result.
    Follow the last user hint, and set the camera for exposure compensation on situations were you get dark pictures.
    That is the easiest way to proceed.

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    Ginko Dec 19, 2008

    Well in that case there is a fault, sorry but on this camera many users get mainly settings problems, I could not know from your first comment.

    Disregard the hints on settings.

    The camera has a fault, try first resetting to factory settings.

    Faults with underexposed pictures concern boards, lens and array sensor, let me see what I find on the specific model.

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    Ginko Dec 19, 2008

    If you have darker pictures on all circumstances and it is not a setting problem, then it is a defective defective CCD imager, that is the array sensor that captures the light, and convert it into a digital signal.and rarely a problem on one of the boards.

    Check also that the lens objective is clean.

  • Ginko
    Ginko Dec 19, 2008

    Do a factory reset in the following way:

    "Find the two buttons with green dots next to them on the top right of
    the D80. They are the +/- * and AF * buttons. Hold them both down for a
    few seconds. The top LCD blinks and everything is back to normal."

    from : how to reset Nikon D 80


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