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Metering and exposure compensation on the D800...

walk43

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walk43 Registered since 07th Feb 2012
Wed 12-Dec-12 03:18 PM | edited Wed 12-Dec-12 03:20 PM by walk43

Thanks guys, that's much more clear than the internet explanations.

>>Exposure Comp signals the camera to change the exposure by changing one of the variables - Aperture, Shutter, or ISO - depending on which automated mode you have selected. If you are in Aperture Priority with a fixed ISO, exposure compensation changes the >>shutter speed. With Manual Mode, Exposure Comp just changes the scale.
>>

Eric...for me this is an important point!! So when I adjust the EV the camera changes the appropriate other settings and not my priority setting. So that means for example that if I want a deep DOF and am in A mode with a fixed ISO then the EV adjustment will change my shutter speed. And with higher +/- EV corrections the speed will change more than with lower +/- adjustments. Assuming I am correct here, that is a big piece of information I was not aware of. I just tested it out and it seems to work as you explain....no surprise But that means that 5 stops in EV equals 5 stops in shutter speed in 'A' priority ... right? I wonder how many others out there have not been aware of that? Guess it just shows why I keep asking questions...I know the actual exposure is in the VF but I personally never checked it after I adjusted the EV.

Assuming this is all the case...why not avoid the EV adj all together and just use the ISO or shutter speed manually. That way I would be more aware of what I am changing and avoid the possibility of having the EV adjusted and forgetting that I did it in later shots.

Dan
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