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Mastering the Nikon D300/D300S by Darrell Young

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Metering Systems

(User’s Manual – D300S page 102; D300 page 102)

The basis for the Nikon D300(S)’s exposure meter is a 1005-segment RGB sensor that meters a wide area of the frame. When used with a G or D Nikkor CPU lens, the camera can set exposure based on the distribution of brightness, color, distance, and composition. Most people leave their D300(S) cameras set to Matrix metering and enjoy excellent results. Let’s look more closely at each of the Nikon D300(S)’s exposure meters.

Figure 9-1 shows the exposure Metering selector set to Matrix metering mode. You can turn the small ring surrounding the AE-L/AF-L button to one of the three settings. The top setting is for Center-weighted metering mode, the middle is Matrix metering mode, and the ...

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