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jeri534 Nov 25, 2002 1:55 AM

spot metering help
okay im not exactly sure what spot metering is but my guess is that it focuses on the object more when there is a highly lit backround..but I dont get how to do it..can someone reccomend a good test to see how it works

Klaus DK Nov 25, 2002 3:30 AM

Find a motive with high contrastconditions, then point the spot to the darkest (or lightest) area - shift to multisegment metering and shoot exactly the same way. That's it. See the difference.

jeri534 Nov 25, 2002 4:31 AM

could you explain a bit more? btw im on a sony dsc-p2 you have any samples of spot metering?

Klaus DK Nov 25, 2002 4:42 AM

Dont know if your camera can do this - you have to look in the manual.

select spotmetering in the menu - then find a dark thing aganst a light background. Take the pic.
select multisegment metering ind the menu and shoot exact the same pic.

You should now be able to see the difference.

I'll mail a couple of shot to you.


Klaus DK Nov 25, 2002 4:58 AM

You have to give me you e-mail .

jeri534 Nov 25, 2002 9:24 AM

[email protected]

btw..the only option of spot metering on my camera is "on and off" i think it has Multi when its turned off and when turned on its spot..i think i saw something about matrix metering in steves review..check it out

jeri534 Nov 25, 2002 12:11 PM

is multi segment metering the same as matrix metering?

KCan Nov 25, 2002 1:01 PM

Take a look at Steve's dictionary:

jeri534 Nov 25, 2002 2:57 PM

so is multi metering the same as matrix?

KCan Nov 25, 2002 4:26 PM

IMO, each manufacture/brand have a particular way and name to call their product features.
To be sure of what means what, you have to check the spec/manual pf a particular camera. For example, not all manufacture/brand use the same weighting ratio applied to each zone of a “multi metering” system , and metering zones are differently arranged/allocated in each camera’s frame.

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