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Old 07-04-2006, 16:55   #1 (permalink)
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Spot metering

I was wondering if a future firmware update could enable true spot metering on the Canon 350d or is it a hardware matter?
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Old 07-04-2006, 16:59   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Janice - I think they could do by firmware - if they wanted to. Problem is that would negate people buying more expensive cameras that have it. Its a consumer market, Canon want you to upgrade to a 30D

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Old 07-04-2006, 17:04   #3 (permalink)
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I dont think they could, spot metering is more than just software.
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Old 07-04-2006, 18:00   #4 (permalink)
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I'm pretty sure spot metering has to be designed into the camera from the outset. Nice idea though.
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Old 07-04-2006, 18:08   #5 (permalink)
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I'll bow to the more erudite members as I only said "I think"

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Old 07-04-2006, 18:09   #6 (permalink)
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Grrr......I'm finding this partial 9% not small enough. Its ok if I am using a reasonable zoom like the 75-300,... I can zoom in and spot meter...but with my Tamron 28-75 it doesnt really work well enough.
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Old 07-04-2006, 18:19   #7 (permalink)
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Spot metering is a big asset - no doubt about it.

The ID is fantastic, you can take up to 8 spot readings from different parts of the scene and the camera keeps track of the optimum exposure for the number of readings. Mostly though, just one spot reading is enough.
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you can take up to 8 spot readings from different parts of the scene and the camera keeps track of the optimum exposure for the number of readings.
The OM4 used to do that as well, I miss that camera Even if you didn't need to it was still fun to do, just because you could
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Spot metering is a big asset - no doubt about it.

The ID is fantastic, you can take up to 8 spot readings from different parts of the scene and the camera keeps track of the optimum exposure for the number of readings. Mostly though, just one spot reading is enough.
Please dont give me any more reason to desire something I know I can never afford, understand, or have

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If Nikon can build it into the a consumer level camera like the D50, surely Canon could?
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I dont think its a case of Canon cant, I think before the 30D arrived it was a case of they wouldnt
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Fair does to Nikon for including spot metering in an entry level DSLR. The spot metering in the 30D could easily have been incorporated in the 20D, but as we all know, it's about phased marketing 'improvements' and staying competitive within a particular price range, without giving you all the goodies in one go.
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Nikon have spot metering on all of their DSLR's.
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I know. If I had realized I would be going to use it like I am now.....I wouldve probably got a Nikon.
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YES come to the dark side....lol
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You can always save up for a Pentax spot meter (£300ish) or a Sekonic L-608 (even more)
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Old 08-04-2006, 17:00   #17 (permalink)
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Hmmm.... I think even the 300ish too rich for my blood!!
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There's a couple of soligor 1 degree spot meters on fleebay at the mo, currently running around the £20 mark.
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Old 08-04-2006, 20:09   #19 (permalink)
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Forgive me for the very amateur question, but I'm only here to learn ...

Spot metering, is basically a camera's ability to read and recommend a suitable exposure for a very very small particular area, right?
On the 350D, the reading doesn't just come from one sensor (which is true spot metering), instead (dependant upon the metering mode chosen), the size of this area basically extends to about 9% of the image, which for some people is too wide.

Like I say forgive the fact I'm trying to get my head round what should essentially be quite a basic subject, but....
Surely as long as the relevant parts of the image have been exposed correctly, then why does it matter?

Or have I got the wrong end of the stick?
 
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Old 07-06-2006, 17:22   #20 (permalink)
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Re: Spot metering

on the Canon 5D I find the 3% spot metering even too large :-)
but I am nearly only using spot metering
 
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