10D, anybody going to miss a spotmeter?

Started Mar 8, 2003 | Discussions thread
Lisa Horton Contributing Member • Posts: 522
Re: I see what you mean now...

Indeed you can, and if it works like the EOS 3, all of your readings will remain visible on the exposure scale:)


bdnc wrote:
thanks for the explaination, that makes a lot of sense. I think
I'll test that approach out - I should be able to do multiple
separate spot readings with a 1D to do just that...


Lisa Horton wrote:
Well, the automated multi spot averaging just averages all the spot
readings you took. I need to calculate the exposure myself,
because what I'm after is more sophisticated than a simple average.

It's not that simple to explain, but I'll try:) With digital, like
slide film, I feel that you have about a 5 stop usable range, two
stops on either side of your nominal grey card exposure point.
What I do is find an area of the scene that I want to render as
nominal (18% gray). I then check to see if highlights and shadows
are within two stops of the nominal reading. If they are, it's all
good and I shoot. But if they're not, then a compromise must be
made. I can sacrifice either shadow or highlight detail. Making
the exposure decision myself allows me to make this choice.

It's about total control of how the scene is rendered on the film
or sensor, and arbitrarily placing brightness levels to achieve a
desired effect.

For example, if I'm photographing a pile of coal, I'm going to want
to adjust the exposure to show detail in the various shades of
"black". A "nominally correct" exposure would make all the coal
black and not show much detail. But if you shift your exposure
such that the lighter shades of black coal will render the same as
a gray card, you will show detail in the coal.


bdnc wrote:
Humm, I thought that WAS the point of multispot averaging, but what
do I know?

I guess you are saying you prefer to calculate the compromise
exposure yourself.

Lisa Horton wrote:
I'm well aware of the difference between a spot and partial meter:)
Spot metering is my primary method. I don't like the multi-spot
averaging function though, seems like it defeats the purpose of
multi-spot metering, which is to decide how you want to fit the
dynamic range of the scene into the limited dynamic range of your
film or sensor.


bdnc wrote:
a more precise area is metered with spot and with spot (at least
the 1D) you can take multiple readings to get an overall exposure
which is balanced for all the metered areas.

Lisa Horton wrote:

JimS wrote:

The 10D seems to be the camera I've been waiting for, the only
thing missing is the lack of spotmeter. I must admit I dont use it
a lot, but when I do, I like the fact that I can get a reading on a
specific point.

I wonder why Canon ommited this feature which is standard in just
about every other SLR and DSLR.

Is anybody else concerned about the lack of a spotmeter?

I'm slightly disapointed, but not surprised. The Elan 7 doesn't
have it either. While a partial meter doesn't quite replace a
spot, it can often (but not always) serve the same function.


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