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Various Exposure Control Modes - Part IV

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Built-in Auto Exposure Bracketing Function

The F5's built-in Exposure Bracketing function offers exposure bracketing of two or three frames in 1/3 to I EV steps with all exposure modes including Manual. Moreover, with the optional MF-28 Multi-Control Back, you can get exposure bracketing for up to 9 frames. The improvement made on Auto Exposure betwen the two generations of Nikon F4 and the F5 is, you don't need to purchase a separate data Back for this feature, as the function is built-in rather than from the Nikon's F4 which requires the Multi-Function Data Back MF-23 in roder to use auto bracketing.

icon-BKT.gif   In flash photography, the flash output level is also varied. If you wish, you can use Custom Settings #24 to bracket either ambient exposure or even for flash exposure.

The Auto Exposure Bracketing is very useful in situations where you might find it difficult (or have the confidence) to obtain a proper exposure, Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing lets you shoot the same subject at two or three different exposures, with variable exposure compensation degree of 0.3 EV, 0.7 EV or 1.0 EV. If you set a compensation degree of 1 EV in a three-step bracket for example, you will take three pictures, the first shot having no compensation, the second shot having a -1 EV compensation and the third shot having a compensation of +1 EV.

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To set for Auto Bracketing: Rotate Main-Command Dial while pressing the (Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing) button to select Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing mode. appears in the top and rear LCD panels and blinks in the top LCD panel and the viewfinder.

While pressing the icon-BKTmdm.gif button, rotate Sub-Command Dial to select your desired number of shots and compensation value from one of the following:



Compose picture, confirm focus and exposure, then fully depress shutter release button. With the film advance mode at single-frame shooting (S), fully depress the shutter release button the set number of times to perform bracketing. With film advance mode at continuous shooting (C
H, CL or Cs), fully depress the shutter release button and hold in until the set number of shots has been taken and film advance stops automatically.

After the set number of shots has been taken, rotate the Main-Command Dial while pressing the ( button so disappears in the top and rear LCD panels to cancel Auto exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing. The number of shots and compensation value disappear when you remove your finger m the button. The set number of shots and compensation value remain unchanged after Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing is canceled.

* In Auto Exposure/Flash Exposure Bracketing, "he shutter speed and aperture in Programmed Auto, aperture in Shutter-Priority Auto, shutter speed in Aperture-Priority Auto and Manual exposure mode are varied. Flash output level is varied in flash photography with dedicated Nikon Speedlight.
* If exposure compensation function is also set, Bracketing will be combined with the exposure compensation values.
* Bracketing with varying flash output levels can be performed at the setting.
* If film reaches the end of the roll during shooting, rewind, load a new roll and fully depress shutter release button to advance film to frame 1, then fully depress shutter release button again to resume operation.
* Bracketing is performed with one frame at a time when the self-timer is set.
* Bracketing settings made on
Multi-Control Back MF-28 has priority over settings on the F5 camera body.
* When a prolonged shutter speed (slower than 40 sec.) is selected with a Custom Setting, shutter speed is not varied in Bracketing.
* When flash sync speed is selected in Manual exposure mode, shutter speed is not varied in Bracketing,
* When the Photo Secretary for F5 is used, Bracketing on the camera body cannot be performed. Perform Bracketing on the
Photo Secretary for F5.

Multiple Exposure for creative photographic effects:

Multiple Exposure is a FEATURE rather than termed it as a function that can affect the metered accuracy or result of an exposed image - it never affects an exposure during shooting as the few other features mentioned earlier. In fact, it may even requires exposure adjustment if you exposed more than 2X in a single frames It can be regarded as one great features all Nikon SLRs offer to photographers, this function can be just handled as easy as taking normal pictures. The difference between the Nikon's way from other labels is, (applied for the Nikon Manual Focus midrange SLRs synch as FE, Nikon FM series with either MD-11, MD-12 motor drives or using the Nikon FA/MD-15/MD-12 combination), when shooting in Continuous mode, you can take virtually unlimited number of frames without film advancing - it is precise and very easy to operate.

Rotate the Main-Command Dial while pressing the multiple exposure button icon-multiexp.gif..This will prevent the film from advancing after the shutter is released. Depress the shutter release button again to take the next shot. Naturally, you can decide the number of repetitve frame as you wish to.

icon-multiexp.gif   However, over the years, I seldom have the pleasure to witness creative applications of great feature. If you have done with good creative effect, please mail them to me as illustration in this site (I am embarrassed t use the one & only "self-acceptable" double exposed image that I have taken years ago AGAIN for this site. Show me some good stuffs to replace mine. Okay ??

Here I laid down ways HOW to set up the Nikon F5 for this operation and hopefully you can make good use of this potentially very interesting feature the camera offers to all of us.

* Note that in multiple exposure operation, exposure compensation will be required depending or subject brightness, background brightness and number of exposure. You must determine the necessary exposure compensation and make adjustment. * When data imprint is selected on the MF-28 or MF-27 camera back, the data is imprinted only at the first shot.

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Lover's Moon...

Genting Highland, Malaysia. The moon was superimposed via multiple exposure onto the same picture frame taken earlier. I am quite lazy to take pictures lately, image shown here has been used on the Nikon FM3A & FM2n's Instruction manual. You can help by sending in your creative work to replace this image if you have any good images to show - but I do have a lttle taste for good things. So, please send in only stuffs that truly inspiring. Thanks you.

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Esther Foo @ 12...

Another example: My daughter made her first buck by modeled for a local chain store, Parkson's magazine. ( The guy double exposed her images for the 2005's Chinese New Year issue. Naturally, this can also be done via desktop publishing in the Photoshop later (in fact, it should be easier than handles photographicaly...). But the young Malay Photographer preferred the hardway... Sorry to use personal image for this site, as request for assistance on contributing images for this site are not very responsive, so, just have to use my daughter's work as illustration again, a I am terrible father huh ??

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To take more than two shots on the same frame, rotate Main-Command Dial while pressing button before taking the second shot (while Is blinking in top LCD panel). The shutter can be released on the same frame as many times as desired until multiple exposure is canceled To cancel multiple exposure before taking first shot, rotate Main-Command Dial while pressing button so disappears from the top LCD panel. Multiple exposure cannot be canceled after taking the first shot. To avoid exposure, cover the lens with a lens cap and take the second shot.

Note that during multiple exposure operation, exposure compensation may be required, depending on subject brightness, background brightness and the number of exposures you take. Custom Settings #13 enables continuous multiple exposures.

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W A R N I N G: The new G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have removed the conventional aperture ring on the lense barrel, they CANNOT adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier MF/AF Nikon SLR camera models. But they are FULLY COMPATIBLE with the Nikon F5 featured here in all usable metering systems and/or exposure modes. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

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