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  1. #1
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    Auto ISO question

    When I bought my D3100 in Dec 2010, I set the ISO to 100. I have recently bought an SB-600. I wasnt sure if I wanted the ISO to adjust, so I tried it at a setting of max 1600 and shutter low limit of 1/15.

    So the question is, should I be using auto ISO or locking it down.

    I tried a few shots with the popup flash, and found the camera going the limit on ISO, but with the 600 mounted, it would usually keep it down to 400-800 with the same subject and ambient lighting.


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    Re: Auto ISO question

    When using the flash mounted on the camera, I set my ISO to Auto. The flash will automatically compensate.
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    Re: Auto ISO question

    Thanks Jack.

    Here is a link to an article someone pointed me too. Very interesting. It is for the D7000, D5100, and D3100.

    Auto ISO on the Nikon D7000, D5100, D3100 etc. « F-pixel
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    Re: Auto ISO question

    hmmm.......interesting article. Weird that it does that, eh. When I replied to your post, Dave, I was basing what I know on the D200. I guess that doesn't work like that on yours. Sorry about that. My bad.
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    Re: Auto ISO question

    I prefer to disable the auto ISO altogether. When using flash I set the ISO and shoot in either program or aperature mode. To me this is a flaw, but a minor one. I would rather potentially miss a shot than have unpredictable results each time I use the flash.
    Last edited by Rick M; 05-17-2011 at 12:59 AM.
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    Re: Auto ISO question

    Quote Originally Posted by cnyram View Post
    I prefer to disable the auto ISO altogether. When using flash I set the ISO and shoot in either program or aperature mode. To me this is a flaw, but a minor one. I would rather potentially miss a shot than have unpredictable results each time I use the flash.
    +1 - I do use auto-ISO in non-flash circumstances (and find it works very well) but I always disable it when using my SB-700 - the camera does weird and wacky things with flash and auto ISO.

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    Re: Auto ISO question

    I had an issue with the auto iso on mine when I first got it. I took some photos of my kids at the park and the iso was on auto and it chose really high iso levels. I've had mine off since then and have been setting it myself. I however rarely if ever use flash. All I have right now is the pop up flash and I hate it.

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    Re: Auto ISO question

    ChrisM check out the Gary Fong Puffer. It helps dramatically for the popup flash.
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    Re: Auto ISO question

    Thanks, will do!

  10. #10
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    Re: Auto ISO question

    Speaking of flashes.........sold my SB-600........gonna go get myself a new SB-700 this weekend.
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