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Sharpening (CSM 23)

Through custom setting 23 you can select from four levels of sharpening: None, Low, Normal and High.

CSM 23-0: Normal
CSM 23-1: Low
CSM 23-2: High
CSM 23-3: None

At anything above Low the sharpening algorithm has a tendency to introduce sharpening artifacts such as joined pixels, speckle artifacts and white halos around black lines. I steered clear of using too much sharpening by setting CSM 23 to 1 (Low) and (if necessary) sharpened the images later in Photoshop (even this isn't necessary if you shooting for resolutions lower than native - for the web for instance), this procedure produced a far cleaner image.


Tone (CSM 24)

Through custom setting 24 you can select one of 5 custom tone curves: Auto, Normal, Contrast -, Contrast + and Custom. Custom curves can only be programmed through the Nikon Capture application. Each of these settings applies a different "correction curve" to the RAW data before it's turned into a JPEG / TIFF. (In RAW mode the Tone is recorded in the header of the RAW file but image data is not modified).


Majority of pixels level 11 - 229
CSM 24-0: Auto

Majority of pixels level 5 - 229
CSM 24-1: Normal

Majority of pixels level 5 - 203
CSM 24-2: Contrast -

Majority of pixels level 5 - 235
CSM 24-3: Contrast +

Generally speaking the Auto setting produced the best results, with the camera selectively choosing (this is an assumption base on observation) either Normal or Contrast - curves. Contrast - is useful if you're going to be post-processing the images as it produces the "flattest" image without clipping the low or high end of the grayscale.

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danieladougan

I used one of these in 2002 when I worked as a reporter/photographer for a community newspaper. It was, for its time, a pretty incredible machine even three years after it was introduced.

Compared to the Canon PowerShot A40 that I had just received quite excitedly as a college graduation gift, the D1 I used at work was like something out of a science fiction movie. It was lightning fast to focus and shoot, it had crazy low-light ability (ISO 1600), and the f2.8 AF-S zoom lenses that the newspaper had to go along with it were stellar.

Today with the improvements in sensor technology, you can get similar image quality in a smart phone (with a lot more resolution), and the professional DSLRs are just leaps and bounds ahead.

It's impossible to overstate just how significant a camera the D1 was for photojournalism and photography in general. Total game changer.

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