Big upgrade - steep learning curve

Started Feb 2, 2013 | Questions thread
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wyeman Regular Member • Posts: 484
Big upgrade - steep learning curve

Like a few others I've noticed on this board, I've upgraded to my D300 direct from a D50 and the learning curve is VERY steep.

I thought I'd diagnosed the exposure difference between these two shots as being my failure to remember to switch from spot to matrix metering but my diagonals don't seem to support this ??

Checking further I found that I'd also forgotten to set the focus mode to manual  - it was still set to single-servo (lens was a manual focus Zeiss Distagon T* f2.8 25mm ZF.2 with CPU).
But surely this shouldn't have affected the exposure ??

Would very much apreciate suggestions as to other set-up factors I should check . . . or perhaps an explanation if my assumption about the focus mode is wrong.

Images re-sized for posting.

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