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I am interested in HDR so am looking into getting an appropriate camera.
As I understand it the D7000 only allows three shots, but I would like to be able to take 5,7,or more shots at a time.and be able to select the exposure compensation values
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Have a look at this list. Hope it helps.
You could always just bracket manually....
The D7000 does only do 3 shots maximum but the maximum step is 2 stops, whereas with the 300 it was 1 stop. Basically that means any HDR which you can't do using the auto-bracketing would likely need a tripod anyway.
I do a lot of handheld HDR using my D7000 and auto-bracketing, I also use the auto-iso function to reduce the exposure duration of the brightest shot.
Apologies if I am wrong, but did the 3100 have a HDR mode?
If you don't want to spend too much money, I'd suggest a secondhand D300. But is auto-bracketing the most important feature for you? In other respects the D7000 is a more modern camera.
The D300 and D700 are effectively identical in their auto-bracketing range. The D7000 does 3 * 2 stops and the D300 does 5 * 1 stop, ie both are 2 stops either side of optimum.
During the day I find that 3 at 2 stops is more often than not totally sufficient to cover the full dynamic range of a shot.
Just a minor correction Ian both the D300 & D700 can do + / - 4 stops (i.e. 9 stops) with a maximum 1 stop increments. It's very quick & easy to activate and alter.
The D4 seems to be able to record 2 HDR images simultaneously - but only in jpeg mode.
If this is right, and you can afford a D4, HDR becomes possible with moving subjects.
Quote: Just a minor correction Ian both the D300 & D700 can do + / - 4 stops (i.e. 9 stops) with a maximum 1 stop increments. It's very quick & easy to activate and alter.
Typo, I meant 7000 sorry, but how do you get +/- 4 stops out of the 300? It's a while since I used mine but if I remember it was 5 exposures at 1 stop increments, giving +/- 2. I don't know about the 700 but the 7000 (I'm pretty sure) will give up to 3 exposures at 2 stop increments, ie +/- 2 stops.
If there is a way to increase this I'd love to know.
Ah I've just remembered, I was able to do up to 9 shots in sequence with the 300 but in reality never (or at least very rarely) needed more than 5. From those 5 I dropped the second and 4th, leaving me 3 to process at 2 stop intervals.
The 7000 does only allow up to 3, but at 2 stop intervals. As I said in my original post in this thread, in circumstances where more than 3 are needed the conditions normally call for a tripod anyway, so it hasn't been a problem (so far).
Thanks for the link Ewan looks like a search for a good second hand D300 700 is the way to go.
Lenshepard D4 blimey if i went that way it would be via a divorce court "the boss" may be forgiving but even she has a limit
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