Help me understand my D800E's metering

Started Jan 25, 2013 | Discussions thread
inasir1971 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,624
Re: Matrix Metering & the Focus Point

Robin Casady wrote:

Matrix Metering on the D800E more heavily weights the area under the AF focus point. So, if you focus on something dark, you will get an overexposed image. If you focus on something light, you will get an underexposed image.

I use M and set the exposure manually. I usually check the RGB histograms to make sure nothing is clipping. However, I rarely shoot action.

In addition to what Robin has said this bias towards the area under the AF point will occur in Matrix metering regardless of whether AF was used or not. The bias does not occur only if (1) the AF lens is switched to 'M', (2) the body is switched to 'M', or (3) a manual focus lens is used.

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