I still can't make the D200 to act like I would like in sunset situations. Even though I underexpose to avoid too much blown highlights, the sky still looks awful. The only way to get a reasonable representation of the sun is by making the shadows completely worthless. The problem is not with metering. The problem is with dynamic range, especially in the extreme highlights. I am posting an example of a sunset picture. Of course there is too much contrast but, by comparison, shooting slide film never gave me this kind of sun (looking like a halo effect). When using slide I would get the same bright sky and sun but without this ugly halo. By the way. The picture was shot with uncompressed RAW and converted to jpg with no post-processing (via ACR). Looking at the histogram shows that there is little room for further underexposure (in an attempt to save the highlights). Tried to convert in CaptureNX and set a lower contrast but the halo on the sun still remains. My questions: 1) Does anyone gets better performance in situations like this? 2) Using a custom curve would help or only mess witht the contrast. 3) Upgrading the firmware would help, maybe? 4) If possible, could someone post a picture with no ND grads and no post-processing taken in similar situation? I hope someone can help me. I am really disapointed by the camera in these situations. Recently I am using a grad filter but even with it (0.9 factor) the sun looks awful. Cheers.