This just confirms my choice not to use ADL. We have a wonderful Matrix database of 30,000 to 300,000 (depending on the body) or perhaps use spot metering and the wonderful database in our brains (experience) to determine the exposure we want. For most images, this should be the exposure. So why let ADL change it???
Unless a particular image is a lot of shadow details — perhaps the subject of the image — I just don't see much value to ADL. And if I do have shadow issues, I can work them in post.
I can think of situations when shooting JPGs that the safety provided to shadows by ADL might be useful. But it's not for me.
Not to hijack the thread with another raging debate, but I have the same issue with flash and -BL — it alters the original ambient exposure. If I want to tinker with the ambient light/flash balance, I want to control that myself.
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