Which metering mode do you favor & why? [Poll]

Discussion in 'Sony E-Mount (incl. NEX, A7, A7R, A3000) Forum' started by Ghosthunter, Jan 15, 2011.

  1. Ghosthunter

    Ghosthunter boo! Subscribing Member

    Sep 8, 2010
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    Just wondering which metering mode you favor & why?
     
  2. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 13, 2010
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    Hard to say as different cameras have different characteristics. I guess I would favour multi mostly with a bit of spot thrown in occasionally! However, the EPL1 seems to work better when set to centre weighted for some reason:)
     
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  3. BBW

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    Jul 7, 2010
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    Spot. Hard to teach an old dog new tricks and I like the idea of zeroing in.:biggrin:

    P.S. OOPS! I didn't see that this was in the NEX forum!:eek::redface:
     
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  4. Ghosthunter

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    I'm talking about NEX cameras.
     
  5. christilou

    christilou SC Hall of Famer S.C. Charter Member

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    Okay, well for the NEX I have it set on multi :)
     
  6. Ghosthunter

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    So far it's 2 all!! Not much help :biggrin:
     
  7. john1027

    john1027 SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Andy,

    I use multi for most pictures. Sony uses a 49 zone system arranged in a honey comb pattern that from my limited use and further reading is pretty good based on their underlying algorithms. I switch to center weighted for some architectural and portrait shots if the subject is more or less in the center of the frame. I use spot when I really want to constrict the metering and will lock and recompose as necessary. This is really no different from how I normally shoot most cameras unless there is a specific reason not too. There is probably no right or wrong way except to say the best way is the method that suits your shooting style.
     
  8. Djarum

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    Jul 10, 2010
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    I use multi most of the time, but I do use center-spot metering when doing macros or on tougher subjects.
     
  9. Ghosthunter

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    That makes a lot of sense t me, thanks.
     
  10. BBW

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    :eek: I was so excited by the poll that I didn't notice what forum I was in!:redface: Mea culpa!! I don't own a NEX, so forget my vote!
     
  11. many

    I bounce around to often to have a favorite.

    Spot is used mostly for people or specific items.

    Multi for scenic shots.
     
  12. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
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    Mostly multi so far with occasional diversions into centre. Haven't used spot at all so far but it's early days.
     
  13. minidreams

    minidreams New to SC

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    Jan 19, 2011
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    Multi, most of the time. But also Spot quite often.
     
  14. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
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    I go with center, because I want my subject (assuming that the subject is in the center) gets priority for the metering. Sometimes I'll even go spot.
     
  15. Grant

    Grant SC Veteran

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    Nov 12, 2010
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    My god, Spot meteriing, I didn't realize there were other meter modes. :rolleyes:
     
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