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    D700 needs meter calibration

    Hallo all, my D700 meter needs calibration. The camera is well out of warranty, but Nikon service in Sydney still looks like the main option. Can anyone recommend a careful and thorough alternative in Sydney? The Nikon service centre lead time is a few weeks and this is my only camera!

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    The D700 has a feature to allow a global calibration setting to the metering system.

    In the Custom Setting Menu, go to menu option b6 Fine tune optimal exposure.

    Here you can set up to +/- 1.0Ev in 1/6th Ev steps to set your meter right.

    You would do this against a plain grey or white wall, and try to expose it for a neutral mid point using each metering mode.

    If you already know how much the camera's meter is out by, you would just set it as per your preference.

    I guess that any meter inaccuracy above 1Ev either side, would then require a service ... but I'd try the camera's built in fine tune option first.
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    Hi arthurking83, thanks for your comments. The variation is within the 1Ev, so fine tuning is definitely a better option to sending the camera off.

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    Just an update: I set B6 at -2/3 of 1Ev. The camera is much 'cooler', and Zone 5 is now Zone 5!

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