D800 matrix metering vs. D600 matrix metering.

Started Feb 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
afterburn Senior Member • Posts: 1,039
Re: A different test.

Daniel Lauring wrote:

The other thing I wanted to try, but never got around to, was a photograph of a checkerboard of black and white squares. I wanted to try moving the focus point around to see if the metering changed a great deal. The way I would expect a typical camera to perform, in matrix mode (or evaluative or whatever the brand calls it) would be to ignore the the individual squares and yield an exposure that was pretty evenly distributed between black and white. Of course if I switched to point metering I'd expect the exposure to change hugely as the focus point moved from square to square. I suspect, the D600 I had owned, would act somewhere between matrix and point metering and change the exposure a significant amount as different squares ended up under the focus points.

In his book on the D800, Thom Hogan tells you what happens (page 270, matrix metering): exposure will change. If your AF point is on something that is lighter than grey, it will have a tendency to under expose and if they AF point is over something that is darker than grey, it will have a tendency to over expose.

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