When I shoot in AP or SP mode, my colors are VERY washed out and lighter/brighter than they should be. Is this because the curve on the D300 for midtones is brighter than before? Does anyone else notice this? Also, is there any type of way to meter, per se, in either of these modes other than using EC to compensate? Or do I exclusively have to continue to shoot in manual mode for this? I'd like to use AP mode or SP mode, but I'm not happy at all with the results. I shoot RAW, but it's still principal of it. Would metering mode help at all? I know matrix now does the scene recognition thing (I wish they would have kept matrix metering the way it always was, but unfortunately they changed it with the D300/D3), but is there any way to get it back to how the D200 and other cameras meter? A perfect example is a picture of a gray cat. His fur comes out much lighter than it should. I know it's trying to make it 18%, but it's lighter than anything I've ever considered 18%. If I shoot the same shot with my D50 or D200 and then my D300 with all settings the same, there is a big difference, the D50 and D200 being the same but the D300 being much brighter and much more washed out. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gina4xoxoxo/3408071934/ There is a link to one of the images that I'm talking about. It was shot in AP mode and is SOOC. The histogram on it is pretty much dead center on the grays, which comprise most of the image. Nothing is blown. You can see the exif by clicking on "more details" on the right side of the image. Here is another one but this is the green grass one. The histogram on this is DEAD CENTER. This to me looks totally washed out, too bright with no contrast. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gina4xoxoxo/3408125744/ Is something wrong with my meter or is this just what it does and do I need to keep it set to, say, -1 EC in these situations? Just very frustrating to know I paid this much for the D300 and I feel like throwing it out the window :O( Thanks so much for any help or insight you can give on this!