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No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority

Bela614

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Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004
Fri 19-Jul-13 10:25 PM

Hello all,
I am using a D7100. I normally shoot in "Manual" mode and today I switched it over to "Aperture Priority". The exposure meter disappeared. Is this normal?
Thanks in advance,
Bill

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golfercat

Menifee, US
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#1. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 0

golfercat Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2012
Fri 19-Jul-13 09:15 PM

I believe what you are seeing is normal. A mode is a semiautomatic mode where you set the aperture and the camera selects shutter speed based on the I S O. My D700 works in the same manner...manual has meter while aperture does not. I do not see an issue, it is working normally.

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Bela614

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#2. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 1

Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004
Fri 19-Jul-13 09:51 PM

Thank you golfer cat. I guess I will just have to trust the camera that everything is OK. I bracket my photos and I like to watch through the viewfinder what is going on. I guess I can live without it. Thanks again.
Bill

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JosephK

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#3. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 2

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Sat 20-Jul-13 02:23 AM

Because you are in a semi-auto mode, the camera will always pick an exposure that it thinks will zero the meter. Since the meter is always zeroed, there is no sense showing it to you. However, as soon as you turn on the EV comp or bracketing, so that the meter is no longer zeroed, the camera will show you the meter in the semi-auto mode.

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NickMilner

Manchester, UK
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#4. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 0

NickMilner Gold Member Nikonian since 01st Jul 2013
Sat 20-Jul-13 09:15 AM

Also, the meter will re-appear automatically if your camera cannot achieve what it thinks is a good exposure. The auto modes then allow you to use exposure compensation (which of course you have to do manually in manual mode, er, obviously!)

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Bela614

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#5. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 3

Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004
Sat 20-Jul-13 09:20 AM

Hello Joseph,
Thank you for the information. It is really appreciated. But when I try to bracket in "Aperture Mode" there is no exposure meter. Am I missing something? I am shooting continuous 3 shots at -2, 0, +2 EV? Do I have the camera set up wrong?
Thanks,
Bill

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paulharvey

US
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#6. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 0

paulharvey Registered since 15th Jun 2013
Sat 20-Jul-13 11:29 AM

I noticed the disappearing meter also. I was worried 'til I read this thread. Thanks to all for the question and answers!

And BTW, on my D7000, the meter re-appears if I pop up the flash.

blw

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#7. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 5

blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004
Sat 20-Jul-13 12:53 PM

Bracketing normally appears on the top LCD, not in the finder.

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Bushido7100

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#8. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 6

Bushido7100 Registered since 03rd Jun 2013
Mon 22-Jul-13 08:22 PM

I have easy exposure compensation set (page 235) and I have the meter in all modes.

Bela614

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#9. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 8

Bela614 Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Dec 2004
Tue 23-Jul-13 11:32 AM

Hello Bushido,
Thanks for the information. I have tried it and it works. I wonder if there is any down side to doing this? But for the time being there it is, the solution.
Thanks for the info. I would have never figured this out.
Bill

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Bushido7100

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#10. "RE: No Exposure Meter In Aperture Priority" | In response to Reply # 9

Bushido7100 Registered since 03rd Jun 2013
Tue 23-Jul-13 07:42 PM

I have not found a downside. It allows me to add the necessary .3 to .7 adjustments depending on the composition of the frame. I shoot a lot of water birds and the All white Egret, needs less exposure and the almost black Anhinga needs more.

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