|Quoting Clickhappy (Reply 8):|
Just to clarify, "Metering Modes" are Zone, Spot, and Center-Weighted
Canons generally have four - evaluative, partial, centre-weighted and spot. At least my 30D does anyway.....
I started with Av (aperture priority), then turned to manual and have now come full-circle back to Av. Why? The consistency I'm getting with Av is very good, with far less hassle. Idle? Yes. Happy with it? Yes.
Manual won't get better results but will perhaps be more precise; but as someone already mentioned if you shoot in RAW it's often pretty irrelevant.
Having used the same camera/lens for nearly three years now I'm quite capable of knowing exactly how to use it in Av mode, without the need for incident metres or grey cards. A combination or metering modes and stop compensation is all that's needed. Having said that, I'd definitely have a go at manual - I certainly enjoyed it (until I got too lazy!).
At the end of the day, if you're getting the results YOU want (i.e. for many good enough to upload here) there's no need to change settings. If it ain't broke, yadda-yadda-yadda.....
I switched to manual because little things weren't quite right. I've now learned exactly how to iron out those 'little things' in Av mode.
On a final note, once in a while I'll pull off a shot I think would've been better taken in manual - but after a little tweak in RAW converter........