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Metering differences with OVF versus live view?

km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Fri 09-Nov-12 07:46 AM | edited Fri 09-Nov-12 07:46 AM by km6xz

Metering should not be consistent between mirror down and up and, in fact, it is not the same from scene to scene in mirror up/LV. This for the very logical reason of the 91,000 pixel metering sensor, that makes the D800 the best in metering is not used, and a different method is used from scanning the imaging sensor itself. The manual does not explain it well but at least it suggests the expected difference is normal.
For the most accurate metering for scenes, use a mirror down reading, and locking exposure before using LV for focus or other reasons for using it LV.
It is not a defect but just shows how good the 3d RGB 91k pixel metering sensor is. The suggestion of using the live Histogram is a good alternative.
It is good that you sought answers before returning the camera as others have suggested.
Stan
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