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    Default Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    In tricky lighting conditions when the camera's metering is fooled, do you prefer to:

    1) Use the AE Lock button and take your metering off the correct area?

    2) Adjust using the EV Compensation?

    3) Adjust your exposure settings (Shutter/Aperture)?

    I am interested to know, especially for events shooters where things can be fast moving.

    I prefer to use (1) myself, because when I used (2), I often forgot to switch back (when the events moving fast) and sometimes my photos following that shot are a bit darker or brighter.
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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    Fast event with changing light, and I'm not using flash in Av mode: EV Compensation
    Fast event with changing light, and I'm using flash in Av mode: FEC Compensation
    Normal event with rather consistent light, with / without me using flash: Manual mode

    I've long replaced the * button on my canon, supposedly used for AE lock, for autofocus.
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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    1) Use the AE Lock button and take your metering off the correct area? Use this for one off incident.

    2) Adjust using the EV Compensation? Shooting at same saturation for a period of time

    3) Adjust your exposure settings (Shutter/Aperture)? base on the above I guess you are shooting with A, S or P mode, how do you adjust exposure setting when you are not in Manual mode?
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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    I rarely use the AE lock button
    once every few months?

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    1) Use the AE Lock button and take your metering off the correct area? Use this for one off incident.

    2) Adjust using the EV Compensation? Shooting at same saturation for a period of time

    3) Adjust your exposure settings (Shutter/Aperture)? base on the above I guess you are shooting with A, S or P mode, how do you adjust exposure setting when you are not in Manual mode?
    #3 is assuming if you shoot in M mode of course.
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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    Quote Originally Posted by sjackal View Post
    #3 is assuming if you shoot in M mode of course.
    then you should just mention using M mode instead.
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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    then you should just mention using M mode instead.
    Ok then I mention now. Ready... go! :

    #3 Switch to M mode.

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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    Depends. Got enough time to recompose use spot metering then AE lock. Not enough time or lazy, just EV +/- and see histogram. But ultimately I dun like holding on to * button for more then a few mins.
    Last edited by dision; 31st October 2008 at 03:26 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjackal View Post
    Ok then I mention now. Ready... go! :

    #3 Switch to M mode.

    why would u wanna waste a perfectly good piece of technology?
    use P-mode, then use AE lock (hope your camera has a dedicated button for AELock).
    It's so friggin convenient (and fast)

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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    Quote Originally Posted by michhy View Post
    why would u wanna waste a perfectly good piece of technology?
    use P-mode, then use AE lock (hope your camera has a dedicated button for AELock).
    It's so friggin convenient (and fast)
    haha!

    It's more convinient for me to spin the EV comp. dial thou

    but yea, manual mode will cost you a few seconds ( which you may not have =x )

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    Default Re: Do you prefer EV Comp or AE Lock?

    Quote Originally Posted by michhy View Post
    why would u wanna waste a perfectly good piece of technology?
    use P-mode, then use AE lock (hope your camera has a dedicated button for AELock).
    It's so friggin convenient (and fast)
    Cannot consider it a waste of tech, but rather different people different styles and preferences and also different situation different needs.

    I am not a P mode shooter, (used to though, when using compacts.)

    There are things you can't do in P mode and you need A or S or M.
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