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I'm still not really sure which is absolutely perfect for what sort of situation but I have begun to really feel comfortable with spot metering.And the reason is that I can isolate and meter only for what i consider the most important part of the picture.Anyway, I'm a relatively green amateur so I would appreciate your input and advice.I'm using D40 with 55-200 VR, but i also have the kit lens 18-55.
...Wali in Toronto
If it works for you do it.For me matrix works better, spot takes too long with moving subjects and changing backgrounds.Although I am now pulling out my hand held meter more.
I use MM most of the time. If I have a back/side lit condition I'll go to spot metering in manual. This is also the case if I have a bright sky above my composition.And bracket, bracket, bracket!For portraits I still prefer center weight metering except in some outdoor conditions where I'm implementing natural scenery and I go with the MM again.For action work I always use MM.