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Metering Question on Canon 600D

Started Feb 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Metering Question on Canon 600D
In reply to beagle1, Feb 23, 2013

I've owned cameras with "evaluative metering" ever since Nikon introduced the first camera in the mid 1980s with the feature: the Nikon FA with Matrix Metering. And aside from playing around with it I never use it...

Many photographers don't know that evaluative metering was introduced to entice amateurs to switch from point-and-shoot to 35mm film cameras. Learning good metering and exposure techniques takes some time and experience; evaluative metering promises to do it for you with excellent results.

IMO multi-segmented metering adds needless complexity if you want to learn how to have control over how the final image looks. And evaluative metering doesn't produce optimal results in many situations; if it did center-weighted and spot metering would have vanished from cameras years ago...

Learn how to use center-weighted and spot metering if you want to consistently get the best results. Save evaluative metering for those times when you want to use the DSLR as a glorified point-and-shoot and you are willing to accept sub-optimal results when the subject doesn't lend itself to multi-segmented metering.

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