Switch away from canon / 40d because of metering issues

Started Jun 17, 2012 | Discussions thread
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d2ncal New Member • Posts: 2
Switch away from canon / 40d because of metering issues

Hi all,

I have been a long time 40D user. I have 3 lenses (50mm f1.8, sigma 30mm f1.4 and a tamron 18-270mm), and the 480ex external flash.

I have been generally very happy with my system, and the camera has become like second nature. I have been able to take amazing photos with this setup.

However, every time I 'hand' my camera to someone, they can never get the exposures right. For all things equal, I think the blame is on the way canon does metering. Whether I use the spot metering or center weighted, it takes a decent amount of manual adjustment to get it right.

This gets specially worse with the flash on bounce mode (pointed at the ceiling).

I am trying to figure out how to get out of this, and have considered the following options:

1. Upgrade the body to 5d - I am not sure why this will fix it, as it seems to have the same metering as 40d, but putting this as an option

2. Switch over to Nikon - I think that it will not be very difficult to sell the body and lenses, and get equivalent ones on Nikon for a little bit extra. I will probably get a used model (d300), and the other lenses seem to be similarly priced.

Nikons have a bias on metering around the focus point (which I want more often than not), and also does better with indirect flash (which I use a lot).

Wondering if someone has felt the same and what did you do...


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