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d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm

steved300

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steved300 Registered since 18th Nov 2007
Mon 08-Nov-10 11:21 PM

hi
so has anyone tested the matrix of them?
is the mm of the d7000 like the mm of the d80 d90 ?
or is it more like the mm of the d300?

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steved300

NZ
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#1. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 0

steved300 Registered since 17th Nov 2007
Wed 10-Nov-10 01:58 AM

well it seems from my reading that the d7000 has matrix metering set like the d80 and d90
thats a shame as that makes it a no go for me
i like the reliable mm of the d300 for those times that i don't want to think ,just shoot

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JPJ

Toronto, CA
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#2. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 1

JPJ Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Aug 2009
Wed 10-Nov-10 02:55 AM

Was there an issue with the reliability of the D90 MM? I have never had a problem with it, the only time it didn't meter properly was in circumstances that fool most if not all matrix metering systems (such as subjects against very strong backlighting). MM is not a cure-all for every situation, some just call for spot or center-weighted metering.

The D7000 meter is brand new, and it has double the pixels of the D300 meter and 5x the pixels of the D90 meter. In theory it should be better than both at identifying the correct exposure. In practice, so far I have not had a problem. I have used in indoors both well lit and in bad lighting and outdoors in sunlight and after sunset. Can't wait to try it on snow scenes (well actually I can, hoping the weather stays north of freezing for a little while yet).

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wwt67

Warsaw, US
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#3. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 1

wwt67 Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Apr 2010
Wed 10-Nov-10 03:18 AM

>well it seems from my reading that the d7000 has matrix
>metering set like the d80 and d90
>thats a shame as that makes it a no go for me
>i like the reliable mm of the d300 for those times that i
>don't want to think ,just shoot

Can you explain what you mean by this? How is MM different on the D80, D90 vs the D300?

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sirraj

Minneapolis, US
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#4. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 0

sirraj Registered since 29th Oct 2005
Wed 10-Nov-10 10:35 AM | edited Wed 10-Nov-10 10:35 AM by sirraj

The D7000 and the D90 both allow you to adjust the exposure for each metering method. If you are not happy with Matrix metering you can fine tune the exposure plus or minus 1EV in 1/6 EV steps. On the D7000 it is option b5 under the Custom Settings menu.

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KnightPhoto

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#5. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 3

KnightPhoto Gold Member Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006
Thu 11-Nov-10 12:50 AM

The D80 MM is known to be "hot", see Thom Hogan's D80 review for a discussion.

I have not heard the D90 MM to share this problem.

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steved300

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#6. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 4

steved300 Registered since 17th Nov 2007
Thu 11-Nov-10 02:53 AM

the problem is that it is not just a bit hot all the time
that would be no problem
they put tooo much priority on what is under the focus point
that can really catch you out some times
and some times it just shoots to hot
the point being that the dx00 cams don't put so much priority on what is under the focus point and that makes it more predictable
most people don't notice this until they use a dx00 cam for a bit

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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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#7. "RE: d7000 matrix metering v d300 mm" | In response to Reply # 0

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Thu 11-Nov-10 02:56 PM

From all the comments I've seen from people who compared and wrote about it, the MM on the D7000 is better, more consistent and accurate than the D300. That is understandable since the metering sensor has twice the resolution and everything else about the D7000 was an upgrade in IQ from the D300 series. No doubt the new improvements will continue in the D400 when it is released.

Besides, the D90's MM sure has not been a problem, works great, although I use spot most often and try to visually note the overall scene level is.
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