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Old Jun 26, 2008, 2:01 AM   #11
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Here's another example...
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How about yellow and white? Any blown highlights? I'm afraid not.
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and the white...you can see every petal!
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 2:08 AM   #14
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Textures and colors...nothing really special but...
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 2:10 AM   #15
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Purple and pink. Many cameras can't reproduce these two colors accurately. Purple usually becomes blue and pink becomes light purple. I think the A300 did a fine job.
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 2:12 AM   #17
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One last image showing the A300 excellent DR.
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 8:34 AM   #18
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Very informative. Thanks very much for posting your efforts.
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Old Jun 26, 2008, 9:05 AM   #19
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Very interesting.

With my Maxxum 5D, I tend to avoid spot metering (if you are not very careful what you meter on, you can easily end up with an overexposed or underexposed image).

With it, I tend to use Center Weighted more often with it (it seems to be a bit more predictable, since it's matrix metering tends to weight the focus point a bit too much for my liking). The A700's matrix metering seems to be much better in that respect.

With the A700, I have noticed a lot of exposure latitude if DR is turned on, even using manual exposure. The downside of that is that noise is going to be higher if the camera's DRO is boosting levels in the shadows (just as if you deliberately underexposed an image and "pushed it" to simulate higher ISO speeds). So, I tend to leave it turned off when shooting at higher ISO speeds.

How does Center Weighted metering behave with your A300?

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Old Jun 26, 2008, 11:31 AM   #20
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With my Maxxum 5D, I tend to avoid spot metering (if you are not very careful what you meter on, you can easily end up with an overexposed or underexposed image).

With it, I tend to use Center Weighted more often with it (it seems to be a bit more predictable...

How does Center Weighted metering behave with your A300?
Your first statement matches exactly what I said. Based on previous experience with SPOT metering, the mainsubject would be the only thing properly exposed. Everything else would be either over or under exposed depending on whether the subject was very dark or very brightly lit. The A300 does a wonderful job in this area.

Like you, I use CW 90% of the time.I only use Matrix when shooting landscape at full WA. As you stated, CW is much more predictable (including the A300).

The other thing you mention is noisedue to under exposure in order to prevent highlight clipping. Althoughat first it appeared that the camera was simply reducing the Ev by -0.3 or -0.7, I believe in the case of the A300 there is much more to it. The reason I'm saying that isbecause with the E510, Iconstantly had to under exposeby at least -0.3 in order to preserve highlights and by doing that, the dark areas became so darkand noisy that it spoiled thewhole thing.The A300 on the other hand,preserves the highlightsand shaded areas almost equally. I think the picture of the boy leaning of the shovelshows just how well the A300 handled the various levels of light.



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