Spot Metering...

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  1. CW Jones

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    How important is it? I hear the Canon 1000D doesn't have it... even my advanced P&S has it. Is it even possible to get good pictures say of the moon without spot metering?
     
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    It is nice to have it. My XTi do not have spot metering. So in some situations, the camera cannot give me the correct result that I want. In general. it should be fine without.

    As for the moon, it is better to shoot with manual mode.
     
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    right... I usually shoot in manual mode, isnt spot metering tho for the light meter? I thought you could shoot in any mode (well almost any) and still be able to pic your meter mode?
     
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    partial meter works the same as spot. i have the 1000d also
     
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    Sorta. Spot metering is an even narrower sample (on the 40d, spot meter is 3%, partial is 9%).
     
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    I only spot meter, unless I am doing a landscape, but those are few and far between.

    As rufus5150 said, spot take a meter reading off the center 3%, and partial off the center 9%. It was one thing I hated about my XTi, as it did not have spot metering.
     
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    Very. Spot metering is the most accurate metering system in a camera if you know how to use it.
     
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    so if it is so important why would they make a camera without it? I am not asking to be a dick, just trying to figure it all out thats why. I mean 9% is pretty tight... not as tight as 3% obviously. so sorry if I come off like I am questioning what your saying, I am just looking for more knowledge
     
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    To get you to pay $200-$400 more for a camera? :)
     
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    haha ya I figured someone would chime in with that answer
     
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    Don't forget that "spot metering" in most point and shoot cameras is closer to what dSLRs call partial metering, so if you're used to using spot on a point and shoot, you'll be able to use partial on the dSLR without too much difficulty.
     
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    Most User's do not know how to use spot metering effectively.
    There are probably a number of User's that shoot with spot metering that do not know exactly why they are using it.

    You do not always need spot metering. For most images the matrix metering is sufficient (and getting more intelligent), and partial spot on most camera's is narrow enough with the appropriate lens.
     

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