10D, anybody going to miss a spotmeter?

Started Mar 8, 2003 | Discussions thread
David Martin Forum Pro • Posts: 17,056
10 times magnification is going to help

T. G. O'Meara, Jr. 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?

A spotmeter just gives you the ability to place any given portion
of your picture in the 18% gray area astride zones IV and V in St.
Ansel's zone system. You can also calculate the differences in
illumination and compress or extend the range between these values
with exposure or developing... which makes spot meters great, right?

Well, yeah, but you have something better already built into your

Learn (REALLY learn) the correct way to interpret a histogram and
you will find you have just as much control (or more) over your
exposures as you did doing all the zone calculations in your head.

Just take a proof shot and there you are. Study the histogram and
place the exposures where you want them.

Too slow? Well sorry, but if that is too slow, you sure don't want
to bother with a spot meter. Doing your exposure calculations with
a spot meter is REALLY slow.

The histogram is your friend.

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That level of magnification should help a lot for both exposure and focus, nice to really be able to check the shots.

I have 4 times on my D7, and that's useful, mind you it is live whilst you are shooting due to the different viewfinder system , but still, 10 times and scrollable is going to be a dream, just check any doubtful areas straight away.

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