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D40 vs D5100 photo quality same lens

by DaveOzric / July 22, 2012 12:55 AM PDT

Hi, not sure how to post this and couldn't find anything related.
I need help, hopefully, figuring out what is going on with my new D5100.
My D40 with a 55-300mm Nikor lens has been taking seemingly good photos for years with this lenses. I bought a new D5100 and the photos look considerably darker and color seems off.
I do not use any custom settings and just use auto settings on both. The ISO is the same when looking at the photos on the computer.
This is really a huge bummer as I use this lens the most and now seems unusable on the new camera. Does anyone have any idea why the D40 would look good and the D5100 wouldn't with the same lens and settings?
Thank you

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D40 vs D5100 photo quality same lens
by KenHusveg / July 22, 2012 1:42 AM PDT

I would read up on the metering options of your camera.

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by DaveOzric / July 22, 2012 2:10 AM PDT

Thank you for your help. Would this be something I can use in auto mode?

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by DaveOzric / July 22, 2012 2:32 AM PDT
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by DaveOzric / July 22, 2012 2:33 AM PDT
In reply to: Samples

Sorry, I meant with the meta data intact.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 22, 2012 7:39 AM PDT
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The EXIF shows that the D5100 is set for a darker exposure:


1/125" - F5.6 - ISO 250


1/200" - F7.1 - ISO 200

It is possible that you have inadvertently set something in one of the cameras.

I suggest you do a factory reset in both cameras.
(That resets the cameras back to factory specifications)

Then do a comparison shot again (from both cameras)
See if they are closer together in brightness.

If that does not solve the problem it can be just the difference between two cameras.
That is why you have an exposure compensator on cameras.
I believe the D5100 exposure compensator can be nudged either way by 5 F-Stops.

If you like the exposure settings from the D40 you should set the exposure compensator on the D5100 to a brighter setting, so that the picture is equal to the D40.

See page 70 in the D5100 reference manual.


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by DaveOzric / July 23, 2012 8:34 AM PDT
In reply to: EXIF

I will give this a try and see what I can see. It is too hot to go out today.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 25, 2012 12:04 AM PDT

Both of your posts were deleted.

You are recommending a camera that does not exist.
There is no such camera as a Canon D7 (however there is a Canon 7D).

And since a Canon camera can not use a Nikon 55-300mm Nikor lens, it is not a useful suggestion.

Advertising a Blog (to which you are affiliated) on these forums is not permitted.


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