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5D MK II metering mode.

Walter Strong , Dec 20, 2009; 12:14 a.m.

I'm just wondering what metering mode most of you prefer. Right now I'm using Partial Metering. For just general people candids is that better than Center Weighted? OR should I use a hand held meter and take incident readings?


Mark Pierlot , Dec 20, 2009; 12:27 a.m.

I use Evaluative about 98% of the time; otherwise, I use Spot. I do sometimes use Center Weighted and Partial (and, of course, Spot) with my older film bodies that lack Evaluative.

Xavier HENRI , Dec 20, 2009; 04:28 a.m.

Mostly evaluative associated to a single focus point. With Focus Recompose, focus and metering are then locked before recomposing. I shift it between +/- 1EV with the rear wheel depending on the subject (light or dark). Very effective.
Otherwise, like Mark spot...

Elliot Bernstein , Dec 20, 2009; 06:06 a.m.

The mode you use really doesn't matter if you are consistently getting exposures you are happy with. If you are shooting RAW, the accuracy is perhaps a little less important.
You may find the comments in this thread from earlier this year:


Ben Goren , Dec 20, 2009; 10:36 a.m.


“It depends.”

Mostly I shoot in manual mode. I start with a WAG and set my exposure accordingly. I chimp the results, adjust the exposure, re-shoot, lather, rinse, and repeat.

When I use the meter, it’s most likely to be in spot mode. I might meter off a gray card (most likely), or highlights and shadows to get an idea of which I might have to sacrifice and by how much. I might very extremely rarely use the evaluative mode (whichever one is most “intelligent,” though I can never remember what exactly it’s called) in Program mode if I’m feeling lazy and the light’s changing rapidly and I don’t care much about the shots.

To me, the great thing about digital is that you get instant feedback on your exposure and get the opportunity to fix it right there and then if it’s not right. If a meter helps you do that, great — but it’s the histogram (and, to a lesser extent, the preview image) that’s the real meter, the one worth paying attention to.



Paulo Bizarro , Dec 21, 2009; 04:43 a.m.

Evaluative mode. With the extra latitude provided by Raw in post-processing, it caters for almost any situation I have to shoot (landscape, travel, people).

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