1. ## viewfinder d70, metering

hii

currently using a D70, inside the viewfinder, there is something like this, excuse my illustration

i usually focus my subject within the semicircle and 3 "horizontal" rectangles... What's the 2 "vertical" rectangles for?

also, for images such as below

i.e. sky bright and subject turns out dark, did some reading, does centre weighted metering solve the problem? would centre weighted metering also solve the problem where you want to take a photo of a person who is in a tall building maybe like taipei 101 (indoor and fairly dark) but also want to capture the outdoor scenery (bright, sunny)? hope i make sense!

thanks!

2. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

hi the side vertical line is like different focus points i believe
If subject is standing to the side you can use those focus pts to focus on them

As for the picture,the camera is exposing for the backlit background
it thinks that the area is very bright.FOr backlit subjects you can use flash for fill light

3. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

You can try spot metering on the subject thought it will overexpose the background then. Try out partial or center weighted too to see how your camera metering system works. Check out your manual to find out how many % of the area the metering system uses for the various mode to calculate the exposure.Using a flash to act as "fill in" will solve the problem too.

4. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

the five rectangles boxes is your AF focusing point.

Originally Posted by noelle
this is a backlite situation, you can use spot focus metering or center weighted metering to get the correct exposure for your subject, but do note the sky will be over exposed.

If you want the subject and background to be correct expose, you need to bring the exposure of these two closer via using fill flash.

Hope this help.

5. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

Originally Posted by noelle
........i.e. sky bright and subject turns out dark, did some reading, does centre weighted metering solve the problem? would centre weighted metering also solve the problem where you want to take a photo of a person who is in a tall building maybe like taipei 101 (indoor and fairly dark) but also want to capture the outdoor scenery (bright, sunny)?
See example shown at this link :

http://web.canon.jp/imaging/enjoydslr/p_3_012.html
Refer to the statement "(Spot metering) limits most of the metering to a small target area. Often used in backlit scenes where there are very bright and dark areas. And spot metering, usually found on professional cameras, measures an even smaller area of the scene for pinpoint metering."

6. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

Originally Posted by noelle
hii

currently using a D70, inside the viewfinder, there is something like this, excuse my illustration

i usually focus my subject within the semicircle and 3 "horizontal" rectangles... What's the 2 "vertical" rectangles for?

also, for images such as below

i.e. sky bright and subject turns out dark, did some reading, does centre weighted metering solve the problem? would centre weighted metering also solve the problem where you want to take a photo of a person who is in a tall building maybe like taipei 101 (indoor and fairly dark) but also want to capture the outdoor scenery (bright, sunny)? hope i make sense!

thanks!

Those rectangles you see are your Auto Focus "HOT SPOTs". The D70 have 5 of them as you can see by what you drew. When you select manual AF mode, by moving the round dial selector in the back of your D70 you can actually select which one of those rectangles to be the active AF hot spot use to target priority focusing. If you are on AF dynamic mode then all those 5 hotspot rectangles will be control by the camera's internal programming to try to aid you in focusing espcially moving objects. You can find more details by re-reading carefully your D70 manual.

Centre weighted refer to that general circular area you drawn in your illustration. It will be abit more "bias" to metering for exposure reading in that area but that also depend on how large or small you adjust that centre weighted radius in your D70 setting.(page 145 of your D70 manual) Now the smaller the radius you select in your D70 setting, the more accurate and bias it is to the centre of your subject.

Okay someone cover fillin flash so I will leave that alone.

Hope I got that all right lah heheheh...You got lucky as I was just reading my manual to check something and I came across your message hehe...

7. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

Comprehensive !!! Exposure Lock will come in handy if the AF point is not where you want the meter to take the reading from. Lots of things to take consideration into....and who says SLR is easy

8. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

thanks all, esp sammy888!

actually borrowed this d70 and it doesn't come with manual, guess i will upload one online and have a read when i have time!

9. ## Re: viewfinder d70, metering

for Sammy888 for the detailed explanation

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