D800 matrix metering vs. D600 matrix metering.

Started Feb 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
mrjpack
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Re: D800 matrix metering vs. D600 matrix metering.
In reply to ColdFusion, 8 months ago

ColdFusion wrote:

I recently got the Nikon D610 as i wanted to move to a FF sensor & enjoy the Low light benefits & high dynamic range of the Nikon. Being addicted to D7000 the D610 was a easy migration.

However I across some matrix metering issue especially if there a discrete light sources scattered across a dark background. I see a huge difference between the live view & the metering results from a view finder.

I ran into such situations while shooting houses with decorative lights or Las Vegas Casinos etc., I found the Live view mode to be more accurate in metering for most situation involving low light.

For bright day light photography it did not seem to matter much unless you have the sun in the picture. In other words, in a dark environment the view finder tends to under expose, the problem is this cannot be corrected by exposure bias as its not a linear offset. Most of my photos has to be metered with the view finder to set the aperture, shutter speed & ISO to have the required exposure.

Coming for a D7000 which I have used for about 2 years never encountered this problem, and now regret for selling it.

I have attached the Images shot using manual mode & matrix metering, I have not tweaked any exposure bias settings in either cases. All I did was to alter the shutter such that the metering reads 0 (perfectly exposure) on the scale.

From my personal opinion I like the button placements for Nikon as compared to Canon. I love the metering update while changing the ISO. Overall I would love the Nikon D610 but this issue might force me to switch back to D7000 or go to Canon 6d

Using Live View, Matrix metering with Metering at ~0 mark

Using View Finder, Matrix metering with Metering at ~0 mark

Matrix Metering is like using training wheels in my opinion. you are throwing a whole seen at the meter & saying you choose what is important & then getting upset with the results. If you want consistent results with your shots, you have to tell the camera what is important to you... JMO...

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