D700 spot metering in Live View - Doesnt work?
Got a D700 finally, and I love it...
Thing is though, I shoot a lote interior with multiple exposures, and I have found out that is doesnt work to do spot metering in Live View. In live view, composing your picture, indeed the "brightness" (exposure) changes when moving the metering spot around, but in the end when taking the pictures, it ends up as if it was metered with.. Matrix metering, is it? That is, using all measure points to decide exposure.. Why is this..? Quite annoying, I hope I've done something wrong... It does say in the manual that you have to enter correct metering mode before entering Live View, but as stated, it doesent seem to matter...
#1. "RE: D700 spot metering in Live View - Doesnt work?" | In response to Reply # 0KnightPhoto Nikonian since 18th Dec 2006Sun 16-Aug-09 02:03 AM
Glad to hear you like the camera, it is a great one isn't it! Also, welcome to Nikonians. I was curious about this issue, so I conducted a fairly exhaustive search of Thom Hogan's D700 book.
I can find no reference to Live View impacting spot metering.
I did come up with a warning/reminder to be sure to close the viewfinder shutter when shooting Live View, since this can have a very real impact on the metering sensor.
Do you have the viewfinder shutter closed?
Or if in hand-held mode, and using Dynamic multipoint autofocus AND Continuous Servo, a warning (again not specific to Live View), that the AF sensor used for spot metering is not necessarily the one YOU picked, but rather the one the camera settled on using amongst the 9, 21, or 51-points that the camera selected. I.e. The meter starts with the AF point you picked but then migrates to the AF point the camera ultimately picked for the actuation.
Also, just curious, are you in Hand-held or Tripod-mode?
Best regards, SteveK
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#2. "RE: D700 spot metering in Live View - Doesnt work?" | In response to Reply # 1wonkpuff1 Registered since 06th Jan 2010Wed 06-Jan-10 10:27 PM
Hello again, and thanx for the answer, though a bit late.. : ) Happy new year by the way ; )
I tried with the viewfinder down as you said, but the result is the same. Also, this is a phenomenom occuring only in tripod mode of LV, but it is also here it is as most important for me, since here it is possible to move the spot around in the whole "view finder". In Handheld mode, spotmetering works fine, but there I am limited to such a small area.
I though the newly released firmware would have cured this problem, but unfortunetley it is still there.