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:

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.

I don't know your background in this forum or photography in general, however this statement suggests that you are more of an armchair critic rather than an actual shooter.

Why, because I understand why matrix metered autoexposure eventually supplanted the center weighted, manual metering cameras that I grew up with?

From Nikon's website:

"The 3D Color Matrix Meter II takes into account the scene's contrast and brightness, the subject's distance (via a D- or G-type NIKKOR lens), the color of the subject within the scene and RGB color values in every section of the scene. 3D Color Matrix Metering II also uses special exposure-evaluation algorithms, optimized for digital imaging, that detect highlight areas. The meter then accesses a database of over 30,000 actual images to determine the best exposure for the scene. Once the camera receives the scene data, its powerful microcomputer and the database work together to provide the finest automatic exposure control available."

In other words, the Matrix Meter isn't trying to inform an expert decision, it's trying to make an expert decision.

Of the 11 cameras I have owned the closest one to being able to leave at 0EV Comp all the time (but only because I always shot RAW with EXR sensor processing) was the Fuji X10. Otherwise every camera (mostly DSLRs) needed -0.3 in general, while some, such as the Panasonic G1 and the Pentax DS2, needed -0.7EV on most shots/scenes.

That's funny, I've also owned 11 cameras. Only about half had evaluative meters, so I guess I got used to using the exposure compensation feature. In fact, some were manual only, so I guess there wasn't even exposure compensation -- I just used my centerweighted meter (or my Pentax spot meter) as a "guide."

But then, I am particular about having no blown highlights in my images.

Which is what I suggested the D7000 ought to strive a little harder to avoid.

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.

In the shots displayed in this and the other "Wonderful D200" thread, there were no such time constraints.

The tendency for the matrix meter to blow highlights is more problematic when there are time constraints. If there are no time constraints, then you don't really need a meter at all, now do you?

I get the feeling though, that a lot of people in here don't ever use the histogram feature, and are not even sure what it means or how to understand it.

If you've been trying (as you say) not to give offense, then so far you haven't been doing a very good job of it.

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