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04-06-2009, 02:37 PM   #1
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Help with segmenting/metering modes


I'm looking for some help with metering on my K200D. Great camera, I use it all the time but want to get some more interesting results - just don't know where to look.

I use the Av mode a lot and have read about spot vs. matrix metering.

My understanding is that matrix metering takes all the info in the picture and decides what the relative exposure should be. On the other hand spot metering takes into consideration one spot (the center?) of the image and decides on the exposure using that spot.

My question is: I use the manual selecting focus points when using AF - the 11 focus points and choose what I want to focus on, but can the spot metering work for my focus point or is it always going to meter on the center spot??

Thanks for your help - always looking for ways to make more creative shots, it's just learning the "know-how"

btw, for what it's worth, i own the 18-55mm kit lens and the 50mm f1.4 and just got the BG-3 battery grip... I love this camera!

04-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #2
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Spot meter is always center. If you use the "Link AE and AF Point" custom option, then in matrix metering, the focus point will have added weight in the calculation. But center-weighted and spot metering always use the same pattern, centered on on the actual center.

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