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 Post subject: Matrix metering
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 1:18 am 
I would like to know if you knowledgeable people can tell me if
Matrix metering on a Nikon D700 is the way to go in general
photography !

 Post subject: Re: Matrix metering
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 2:49 am 
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I don`t have a Nikon, but if you read Gordon`s review on the D700, especially the bit on "features", that may answer your question. ... ndex.shtml

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 Post subject: Re: Matrix metering
PostPosted: Mon Mar 19, 2012 6:34 am 

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Using matrix metering is a bit like driving a current car on automatic. The metering is making decisions based on a comparison with an image bank (for want of a better word). The camers matches the image in the image bank as closely as possible to what you are taking and then decides on the appropriate exposure.

Most of the time it gets it right, but weird results can happen for obvious reasons.

I use matrix most of the time and it does the job well.

For very accurate metering, I use spot and something approximating the zone system, but for reasonably static subjects.

For matrix, I find the best results at minus half a stop in bright daylight and no compensation in the evening and at night, but it is still subject dependent.

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