|Nikon D2X D-SLR - Light metering systems
The Nikon D2X features three light metering systems: spot metering, centre weighted metering and the acclaimed matrix metering. This latter one is ultra advanced but offers the user less control possible at the same time. Through many areas the computer inside the D2X stipulates the ideal exposure for certain situations using an enhanced database. In most cases this exposure is correct. Even when testing under the most diverse light circumstances the Nikon D2X exposed smoothly and quickly. And for exceptional cases you can switch over to one of the other two systems.
Nikon D2X Digital SLR - Focus modes
The precise the light metering, the accurate the auto focus. You just have to find out which method is good for you. The Nikon D2X has four different modes: single AF, Dynamic AF, Group Dynamic AF and Dynamic AF with priority on the closest object. The professional user will probably leave this latter one for what it is because in this mode you never know where focus will take place. In addition the sharpness can't be judged precisely through the viewfinder; definitely not with a wide angle lens. I consider Dynamic AF as the most convenient one. You yourself choose the focus area but as soon as the camera detects that the subject is moving it will be tracked automatically with a different focus area. If you group the focus areas, which means working with fewer areas all the time, Group Dynamic Af will be the most convenient option. Standard focus will happen on the middlemost area of a group and a movement will be tracked by means of the remaining areas of the group. As said before, you can group the areas and then still more possibilities are available with the AF. Obviously you can also choose from single AF, continuous AF and the average manual focus. I hope you understand that extensive study on AF is the case here; practice will have to learn which setting works the best for which photographer.
Nikon D2X SLR camera - ISO settings
With the D2X Nikon (temporarily) said goodbye to the CCD. The CMOS is moving in and not in the least because noise levels are reduced with it. The predecessor of the D2X did suffer from a lot of noise. Unfortunately the D2X is not completely noise-free either due to the fact that many pixels have to be cramped on a small surface. The larger sensor of the Canon Eos-1D Mark II N contains fewer pixels which makes it easier. But also the processor plays a big role. Nikon should do some more research on this field, not implying that the D2X is a bad performer because the camera is everything except for that. Up to ISO 400 you will get extremely beautiful pictures. ISO 800 shows visible noise. I recommend ignoring the two highest modes (Hi-1 and Hi-2, respectively ISO 1600 and ISO 3200). To reduce noise the D2X offers two noise filters. One of them specifically for longer speeds, the other one starts automatically from ISO 400. ISO 800 however does show some noise and the filters only offer fewer details.
|Nikon D2X digital reflex camera - White balance
The white balance of the D2X is in general just fine. Only incandescent or fluorescent light experience some difficulties. Thankfully you can create a white balance manually very fast and it is certainly recommended to do so. It's easy to play with the white balance that generally works excellently. You can also adjust white balance according to your own desires. Exactly what the seasoned photographer expects. The pictures made by the D2X do come out very beautifully. They contain certain plasticity, not the flat look that many other cameras deliver.
Nikon D2X D-SLR - RAW, JPEG and TIFF formats
The Nikon D2X is capable of photographing in RAW, JPEG and TIFF. And it also lets you shoot in RAW and JPEG at the same time. Unfortunately the JPEG options are rather restricted. A lot of fuss was made over Nikon's RAW files, called NEF. It was said that the white balance was encrypted and that because of it third party programs like Adobe Camera Raw, couldn't handle the D2X files too well. You can convert the D2X files with those programs but they will not deliver the perfect white balance as calculated by Nikon. And unfortunately Nikon did not deliver a free RAW convertor with the D2X. In fact you'd expect Nikon to standard deliver a convertor with this camera as it is a rather expensive one anyway. You do get a stripped version of the program but that isn't of great use to the professional user. And the trial version of the complete package expires after 30 days. Despite these disadvantages it's still worth-while to work in RAW. It offers a lot more room to play in case something went wrong. When everything is exposed correctly etc. the D2X produces excellent JPEG images. Certainly in the highest quality they hardly distinguish from a diverted RAW file. The option to shoot in TIFF can be removed as far as I'm concerned. It delivers huge files, larger than RAW files and you don't gain anything really.
Nikon D2X camera - High-speed crop
Unique of course is High-speed crop. Many things have been said about it, while it isn't even that special, but it is used by Nikon in practice. The D2X uses the centre of the sensor when using High-speed crop. The focal length multiplier will be 2 in stead of 1.5. People will start cheering that their tele will even become more tele, but that is not correct. If you crop the 12 Megapixel image in Photoshop, you'll get exactly the same. You even win a little because you can shift a bit with the crop. So you can place the subject off-centre if you like. The advantage of High-speed crop is the increased image speed. The files become smaller so it takes less power to write the data on the memory card. And so the image speed increases. And that's what it's all about.