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Is this D7000 Metering Method Flawed?

RLDubbya

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"RE: Is this D7000 Metering Method Flawed?"

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Thu 29-Nov-12 10:47 PM

>When in spot metering, the exposure will be set so that the
>one spot is medium gray. Matrix and CW metering just use a
>larger area for averaging to medium gray.
>

That's my understanding of spot metering as well.

Matrix metering: I recall reading somewhere this was actually quite nuanced in operation. I believe that the author mentioned that there was something done with face-prioritization and/or skin tones, so that matrix metering would sacrifice other elements in the scene to get a proper exposure of the skin / face.

Thom Hogan's book has a nice writeup on matrix metering, and how depending on lens type, matrix metering behaves differently - for example, there's lenses and situations where the upper portion of the frame is ignored, as the camera has decided it's just sky, and not important. That's a huge, gross, oversimplification of what Hogan wrote, just to be clear.

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