I thought I read that you could not spot meter in Manual mode

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Ok I know I read this in one of the threads on the Cafe. That you could not spot meter in Manual mode. You could use center and matrix but not spot metering. Is this just in some cameras. Gosh I wish I could find that thread was. :confused: Thanks!!
 
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I thought the meter in the viwfinder will work on all modes, not that it actually changes anything if you are in full manual.
 
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I thought the meter in the viwfinder will work on all modes, not that it actually changes anything if you are in full manual.
Well Darren I just tried it and it looks like it is doing the job. But I know there was a long thread on spot metering in Manual mode.
 
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No iTTL-BL with spot metering...

I don't claim to be an expert - but I have been playing more recently with on camera flash...

When I shoot manual, it seems that flash compensation of -1.3 to -1.7 gives a nice fill when using iTTL, depending on the situation...
 
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Ok, So it works in Manual mode with TTL but not TTL-BL. Correct??
The Diffrent metering modes

Spot
Matrix
Center

Works in every mode

S
M
A
P

But as you stated the TT-BL wont be available on the flash if your camera metering is set to spot metering.

Reason?

TT-BL will tell your flash to be in "fill flash mode" in other words, it will take the ambient light into account. And this contradict the use of spotmetering offcourse.
 
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As Paul said, it doesn't matter which mode you're in M, A, or S . To use TTL BL you must be in Matrix or Center Weighted metering. As soon as you change to Spot metering the flash will change to TTL.

At weddings I just leave my flash in TTL BL most of the time. When I'm inside I use spot metering and the flash will switch to TTL. If I'm outside and want fill flash I switch to Matrix metering and the flash changes to TTL BL.

That way I'm not touching the flash, it will change with the metering.
 
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As Paul said, it doesn't matter which mode you're in M, A, or S . To use TTL BL you must be in Matrix or Center Weighted metering. As soon as you change to Spot metering the flash will change to TTL.

At weddings I just leave my flash in TTL BL most of the time. When I'm inside I use spot metering and the flash will switch to TTL. If I'm outside and want fill flash I switch to Matrix metering and the flash changes to TTL BL.

That way I'm not touching the flash, it will change with the mode.
Thanks Greg!! I will make not of that!!Debbie:smile:
 
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At weddings I just leave my flash in TTL BL most of the time. When I'm inside I use spot metering and the flash will switch to TTL. If I'm outside and want fill flash I switch to Matrix metering and the flash changes to TTL BL.

That way I'm not touching the flash, it will change with the mode.
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Learning about flash myself, and that is one of the things I first learned in reading... reading.... reading, and remembered! I love it, cause I don't have to mess with the flash to change from TTL-BL to TTL; all you have to do is just change to spot! (or back to matrix and Voila! you're in business.
 
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Very very useful post - especially comments from Paul L and Greg. I have been trying to get my head around using flash and couldn't figure out why my SB800 would show TTL but not TTL BL - ah ha!
 

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