Beginner's question on A vs. M :)

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Re: Beginner's question on A vs. M :)
In reply to Stacey_K, 5 months ago

Stacey_K wrote:

wireless wrote:

Stacey_K wrote:

Lets say you are shooting in M and go from shooting indoors to outside. You were using F5.6 inside and want F4 for the shot outside.

In M mode you walk outside, change the fstop and (while watching the meter) go from 1/30 to 1/1000 (quite a lot of dial rotation). And then you realize you actually need 1 stop of EC so turn the dial back 1 stop.

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For me, I wonder what the advantage of M would be? I use M in the studio with controlled lighting, the rest of the time I use A.

I think the key point is EC doesn't do anything when in M except cause the meter in VF to change. Then, once you notice the image is under or overexposed you need to change f stop or SS (as opposed to EC in AP).

Why would anyone change EC in M mode, of course that does nothing.

Actually, it does do something - it biases the meter reading (if you are looking at that to guide exposure). For example, you are shooting M in the snow but don't want to have to remember to add EC for each shot.

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