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Spot Metering Question on a D5100

Sasquatch519

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Sasquatch519 Registered since 26th Mar 2013
Tue 26-Mar-13 03:01 PM

I'm new to photography and have just completed some lessons. In my latest lesson, I learned about spot metering and when to use it. My question is:

Does the D5100 allow you to move the metering spot around like you can move the focus point? Is the metering spot always the same as the focus spot or is it always the middle dot? Can the metering spot be moved to one part of the image and the focus spot moved to a different part of the image? The manual is very light on metering.

I'm assuming that if you can't move the metering spot and you wanted to meter on one spot and focus on another spot, you would achieve that by metering the one spot and applying the AE-L, then moving the focus spot with the arrow buttons and finally snapping the picture.

I've Googled all over the place for this info and I only seem to be able to find people explaining the difference between matrix and spot metering. I'm looking for some detailed instructions on how to move the metering spot around on a D5100.

Thanks in advance!

MEMcD

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#1. "RE: Spot Metering Question on a D5100" | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Tue 26-Mar-13 03:35 PM

Hi John,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>Does the D5100 allow you to move the metering spot around like
>you can move the focus point?

Yes! In Spot metering mode, the metered area is at the active AF point.

>Is the metering spot always the
>same as the focus spot or is it always the middle dot?

It is always at the active AF point.
Center weighted metering is limited to the center area of the viewfinder.

>Can the metering spot be moved to one part of the image and the
>focus spot moved to a different part of the image?

No!

>I'm assuming that if you can't move the metering spot and you
>wanted to meter on one spot and focus on another spot, you
>would achieve that by metering the one spot and applying the
>AE-L, then moving the focus spot with the arrow buttons and
>finally snapping the picture.

Yes! You have got it!

>I've Googled all over the place for this info and I only seem
>to be able to find people explaining the difference between
>matrix and spot metering. I'm looking for some detailed
>instructions on how to move the metering spot around on a
>D5100.

Use Single Point AF then use the Multi-selector button on the back of the camera to position the Active AF point (spot meter) on your subject.

Best Regards,
Marty

Sasquatch519

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#2. "RE: Spot Metering Question on a D5100" | In response to Reply # 1

Sasquatch519 Registered since 26th Mar 2013
Tue 26-Mar-13 04:27 PM

Thanks!

Nikon D5100
AF-S 18-300mm 3.5-5.6
AF-S 10-24mm 3.5-4.5
AF-S 50mm 1.8
SB-700

MEMcD

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#3. "RE: Spot Metering Question on a D5100" | In response to Reply # 2

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Wed 27-Mar-13 12:30 AM

Hi John,

Your welcome.
Glad to help.

Best Regards,
Marty

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