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What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sat Jan 03, 2009 12:58 pm

what metering mode should I use on my 40D+EF70-200 F4 IS for best effect?

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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:23 pm

Use some sort of centre weighted mode. (or better still, use a Nikon).      (j/k)

The idea being to meter the plane, and not the whole image (which seems to be unpredictable).

Did you change camera recently? I've noticed a lot of your replies to pre-screening threads, so you'd appear to know what you are doing.  

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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sat Jan 03, 2009 1:55 pm

I've use the 40D since september 2008
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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sat Jan 03, 2009 7:34 pm

I use evaluative on the 350D / 50D. I've found centre-weighted can lead to under exposed photos on a regular basis.

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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sat Jan 03, 2009 9:01 pm



Quoting Othic (Thread starter):
what metering mode should I use on my 40D+EF70-200 F4 IS for best effect?

Ever used a grey card? Or even a light meter. What the camera is essentially metering is reflective light and not the light actually falling onto your subject. Its no different when shooting in a studio. I measure the light of each light source, (flash Head), and adjust them accordingly to what I need. With the sun you need to adjust the camera to suit, shutter speed etc. Do a search in the archives as this was discussed quite extensively in a thread a few years back and there was some very good explanations given.

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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:13 am



Quoting Dazbo5 (Reply 3):

I was fighting with that the other day...I decided to exercise my d2x and used the center weight option and I continously got under exposed images...so I played around with it till I corrected the trouble...The conditions were severe clear, bright reflections from aircraft...bottom line was the center weight on a crisp clear day was only reading the highlights off the fuselage and overcompensated everything else...
 
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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sun Jan 04, 2009 3:42 am

I don't have the problem of under-exposure - I use manual control on my Nikon for the very purpose that I dislike both the matrix and centre weighted modes.

The photo preview will show overexposed areas, and you have the histogram as well to help you.
 
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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Sun Jan 04, 2009 1:08 pm



Quoting Soon7x7 (Reply 5):
reading the highlights off the fuselage and overcompensated everything else...

That's why I've found evaluative a better option than centre weighted. Canon SLR's do a pretty good job. Canon's have a tendancy to over expose and blow highlights slightly in bright conditions so I always dial in -1/3 to -2/3 of a stop of exposure compensation on bright days. Apart from that, it's always worked well for me. The 350D sometimes got it a bit wrong but the 50D is impressive so far. I use manual sometimes but when lighting is constantly changing, I prefer to let the camera do the work.

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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Mon Jan 05, 2009 6:21 am



Quoting Dazbo5 (Reply 7):

I pretty much worked out the way you mentioned, what gets me is that I had purchased a d300 as a back up camera , but having been using the d2x the other day, I found they both shoot differently so I have to rethink what I'm doing when I change bodies...The d2x does not seem to have the latitude that the d300 has...so I will have to go in and custom set the cameras...Digitals are a pain...j
 
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RE: What Metering Mode Should I Use

Mon Jan 05, 2009 2:06 pm



Quoting Cpd (Reply 1):
(or better still, use a Nikon).

Why? Come to the dark side...you do not know the power of the dark side.

With my 20D what I use for metering depends on shooting conditions. Most of the time I use Evaluative, however, when dealing with a lot of backlighting (especially with the sun illuminating an overcast day) I find center-weighted works better.
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