Beginner's question on A vs. M :)

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Alan Brown
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In reply to windsprite, 9 months ago

windsprite wrote:

bikinchris wrote:

There is no advantage to M.

I prefer manual (auto ISO off) for most situations when the light isn't changing rapidly. You set the exposure once and don't have to worry about a bright background or whatever fooling the meter like you do in one of the auto modes.

It would be even better if Nikon did M like Pentax, where you can link the shutter speed and aperture so that if you change one, the other changes automatically to keep the same exposure.

I don't see Nikon doing it though

Julie

When you shoot A and use the exact exposure the meter tells you, you just shot the same shot as M and vice versa. using exposure compensation is quick.

In other words, there are many ways to do this and NONE of them are dumb, they just take longer.

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.

In A mode you walk outside, change the fstop and turn 1 stop of EC.

The other thing, lets say you walk outside and THERE is the shot. In A mode you press the shutter and at least get something you can possibly work with. In M mode the shot would be a dozen stops over exposed or you simply would miss the moment.

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.

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