D7100 Banding Issue...

Started Apr 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: D7100 Banding Issue...
In reply to Glen from Bedford, Apr 16, 2014

Glen from Bedford wrote:

I know the D7100 review has been out there for some time now but I don't see any evidence of "banding" in the samples provided by DPReview when increasing the exposure or increasing the brightness in LR. That really puzzles me, because I can create the "banding" issue in almost every one of my D7100 images when increasing the exposure or increasing the brightness. Don't get me wrong, it's not my intention to find fault w/the D7100 but I have a lot of good pics where "banding" is evident w/out pushing the exposure. And like others, it's now really bugging me to the point where I feel the D7100 is a faulty piece of equipment... much like the D600 was. My D7000 produces no such issues when the exposure or brightness is increased. Furthermore, I read where the sample images of the D7100 at The Imaging Resource do not display banding either. So here's the question... did DPReview and the The Imaging Resource get D7100s w/an improved sensor over production models or are many D7100 faulty and need service? And if many of us do have cameras w/bad sensors, perhaps we should push Nikon to fix the problem like they did w/the D600!!

Banding in shadows is common when pushing exposure more than about 3 stops and even worse if you push the shadow slider.  Having done quite a bit of testing with this recently, here what I decided were my options:

1 - shoot brackets with my D7100, blend exposures into a 32bit tiff and process in LR.

2 - shoot single raw, process and correct banding using Nik define or topaz denoise as required

3 - shoot single raw with my D600 which has much more latitude for pushing shadows.

All three methods produced very acceptable results with the blended exposures producing the best detail in the shadow areas.  I expect blending the D600 exposures would be even better but the result from the single raw was good enough so for most images, i wouldn't go to the extra effort.

I still prefer my D7100 over my D7000 for most images; the detail it can resolve is amazing, I like the colours better (esp in bright sunlight) and i find the highlight rolloff is much more pleasing.  Sony sensors are great when lighting is controlled but I find they suffer in bright, contrasty sunlight.

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