Beginner's question on A vs. M :)

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
Stacey_K Veteran Member • Posts: 8,386
Re: Beginner's question on A vs. M :)

MRM4350 wrote:

wireless wrote:

I notice many people use A-priority. You can usually tell because you'll see EC adjusted or by the way they talk about the settings, e.g., "resulted in a shutter speed of xxx."

I switch to AP in a lot of dynamic situations where there isn't time to go full manual.

The thing is you still need to adjust EC on the fly which to me is close to the same thing as adjusting aperture or shutter speed in M. I don't know what the advantage is. Maybe a tad easier.

One way to have the best of both worlds perhaps is to use Auto ISO in manual.

This changes Manual mode into an auto exposure mode which will require using the EC control as in 'A' or 'S' modes so actually does nothing for you. The point of 'M' mode is that you control EC by adjusting aperture and/or shutter speed to over/under expose if the need arises, and you can't if the camera continues to center the meter.

I'm not sure a lot of people grasp this or why using M mode doesn't mean "They have a deeper understanding..." etc. I use M mode about 5% of the time and when I do, I have auto iso off and understand why M mode is what I should be using.

As far as exp comp being so hard to access, in A mode with easy exp comp = on, I have it set so back wheel does aperture, front dial does exp comp and no button pressing is required, even with auto iso enabled, to get the exposure I want.

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