Nikon D5100 White Balance Question

Mikey-Mike

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Sometimes my Nikon D5100 will let me set the custom white balance but a lot of the time I get an error message that says: “This option is not available at current settings, or in the camera’s current state.”

A few times I noticed that the camera would let me set the white balance and then a few seconds latter if I tried to set it again the camera would not allow it!

Does anyone know what is going on and how to always make the camera set the white balance when I want it to?

Thank you.
 

Mikey-Mike

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If the exposure meter reports that your image will be under- or overexposed at the current exposure settings, make the necessary adjustments now. Otherwise, the camera can’t create your custom white balance preset.
I hadn't seen that web page but those are the procedures I follow...

I just wondered if there was some know issue and a work around maybe
 

simonsi

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Are you using a mode that forces the WB setting to Auto? Typically any mode other than P,S,A or M may not let you use Pre as a WB setting.
 

Mikey-Mike

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Thanks for the reply: I always keep it in "M"

I'm just surprised that other Nikon users haven't come across this

Maybe newer cameras don't have this
 

Apple fanboy

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Thanks for the reply: I always keep it in "M"

I'm just surprised that other Nikon users haven't come across this

Maybe newer cameras don't have this
I've never had a problem on my D7100 or D750. Are you shooting RAW? Might also be worth checking to see if you have the current firmware, just in case that helps.
 

Mikey-Mike

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Apple fanboy Says D7100 and D750
That’s some heavy and expensive equipment

And you’re saying no problems there

I like the D5100 and have gotten some pretty good video and pictures out of it but somehow I get the feeling that Nikon is saying I didn’t spend enough money to get something that’s not crippled etc...

Like I say, sometimes the operation will work and then a few seconds latter I can try again just to test and it doesn’t work So that’s surprising

Either way, I’m just a hobbyist and I’m going to keep working with the equipment I have

Thank you
 

Apple fanboy

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That’s some heavy and expensive equipment

And you’re saying no problems there

I like the D5100 and have gotten some pretty good video and pictures out of it but somehow I get the feeling that Nikon is saying I didn’t spend enough money to get something that’s not crippled etc...

Like I say, sometimes the operation will work and then a few seconds latter I can try again just to test and it doesn’t work So that’s surprising

Either way, I’m just a hobbyist and I’m going to keep working with the equipment I have

Thank you
Pretty light weight compared to my glass! I'm just a hobbyist as well.
Hope it sorts it self out, but a Nikon firmware update shouldn't damage your camera.
 

orph

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might be worth factory resting the camera settings in the options.
you may have done it by accident.
also sometimes you can switch the mode dial and not notice.

it's a good camera so i dont think it's a nikon pay wall

ps if your shooting raw stills it wont matter in the long run, it only matters with jpegs and video.
 

Mikey-Mike

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I know this is an old thread but I did end up installing the new firmware and that seems to have worked.

If I am unable to set the WB just turning the camera off and then on again will let me set it... so
 
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