D7100 Banding Issue...

Started Apr 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
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Re: D7100 Banding Issue...
In reply to GaryR57, Apr 21, 2014

GaryR57 wrote:

I was one of the ones here that requested an example of a "normal" shot with banding.

This example is far from what I would call "normal" as it seemed to have been shot way under exposed.


This is one of those shots in which the correct exposure is underexposure - since what the OP was trying to do is preserve color and detail in the sky. This throws the foreground into extremely deep shadow, made worse by the slight underexposure of the sky.  So technically this is not a "normal" exposure, but it is a very common one done for an artistic purpose but also one that is extremely difficult for any camera to pull off owing to the extreme DR of the scene.  In this case a multistop ND grad would have been a better approach, though a hassle.

Unfortunately for the D7100 and D5200, however, any other current Nikon camera in this situation would have not exhibited banding . One can argue that the D7100 is a more "filmic" camera and that it requires shot disciplines reminiscent of those employed during the film and early digital era - careful exposure, exposure bracketing and blending in post, etc...the first of these in particular a very good skill to have...but we have been spoiled by the last two generations of Nikon bodies.

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