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Quirky Focus/Metering Behavior

wfmcgrath3

Livingston, US
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wfmcgrath3 Registered since 26th Feb 2012
Mon 24-Sep-12 03:48 PM

I discovered an odd behavior of the focus/metering system on the D800. If the camera is set up to do 3D autofocusing AND spot metering, I would expect the metering spot to follow the autofocus area, but it doesn't. The metering stays put at wherever you first put it, while the autofocus spot follows the target. This can result in constantly changing exposure if the subject and the background are at different EV levels. I asked Thom Hogan what he thought about it, and he suggested it might be a processing power issue. This sounds reasonable to me, but nevertheless, it makes the 3D feature much less interesting if you are using it in conjunction with spot metering, which maybe you'll never do? All these interactive subsystems... what a programming nightmare!

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