Why I love my D200

Started Jul 24, 2013 | Discussions thread
olliess Senior Member • Posts: 1,349
Re: Why I love my D200

Trevor G wrote:

olliess wrote:

Trevor G wrote:

That's why they include a histogram, so you can make adjustments as you go.

But they also include a matrix meter, so you don't have to!

Are you serious?

That's simply not true - a matrix exposure meter is simply a guide, and not a fool-proof one at that, as to what needs to be set.

A spot meter or a centerweighted meter is suitable as a guide. It has a predictable response, which the skilled photographer can then use to guide the final exposure setting.

A matrix meter isn't meant to be a guide. It's meant to nail the exposure without intervention. The best ones pretty much do at this stage in the game.

An in-camera histogram is also provided so that the keen photogrpaher can avoid channel clipping, while still exposing the sensor as much as possible when desirable.

Unless it's a live histogram, you have to take the shot and THEN view the histogram. The moment could be gone by then, so review + reshoot is not always an option.

RAW is there so that if you or the metering get it wrong you still have a reasonable chance of recovering a good image.

Which is exactly why I think the matrix meter tend to the conservative side for highlights. Truly blown highlights are the one thing that is hard to recover, even from raw files.

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