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Nikon D3X

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Time Zone and Date: UTC-5, DST:OFF

RAW (14-bit)

Image Size: L (6048 x 4032), FX

Lens: 85mm f/1.4G

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Focal Length: 85mm

Exposure Mode: Manual

Metering: Matrix

Shutter Speed: 1/200s

Aperture: f/7.1

Exposure Comp.: 0EV

Exposure Tuning:

ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100

Optimize Image:

White Balance: Preset manual d-1, 0, 0

Focus Mode: AF-C

AF-Area Mode: Single

AF Fine Tune: OFF

VR:

Long Exposure NR: OFF

High ISO NR: OFF

Color Mode:

Color Space: Adobe RGB

Tone Comp.:

Hue Adjustment:

Saturation:

Sharpening:

Active D-Lighting: Normal

Vignette Control: Normal

Auto Distortion Control:

Picture Control: [SD] STANDARD

Base: [SD] STANDARD

Quick Adjust: 0

Sharpening: 3

Contrast: Active D-Lighting

Brightness: Active D-Lighting

Saturation: 0

Hue: 0

Filter Effects:

Toning:

Map Datum:

Image Authentication: OFF

Dust Removal:

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