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Can anyone with an X1 in hand help with Q about the light metering? There's spot, centre weighted and 'intelligent', 'multiple' - what are these last two and how do they perform?

 

Are there any visual displays of the metering area in the LCD display options?

 

And can you fix the meter reading with a shutter half press?

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Can anyone with an X1 in hand help with Q about the light metering? There's spot, centre weighted and 'intelligent', 'multiple' - what are these last two and how do they perform?

Quoted from the manual:

Exposure metering modes

The LEICA X1 offers you a choice of three exposure metering modes. They allow adjustment to the prevailing light conditions, the situation and your style of work and your creative ideas.

 

Multi-field metering

With this metering method, the camera automatically analyses the brightness differences in the subject and, by comparing them with programmed brightness distribution patterns, arrives at the likely position of the main subject and the corresponding best exposure.

By consequence, this method is particularly suitable for spontaneous, uncomplicated but reliable photography even under difficult conditions and therefore for use together with programmed automatic exposure (see p.103).

 

Center-weighted metering

This metering method allocates the highest weighting to the center of the image field, but also records all other areas.

In conjunction with metering memory-lock in particular (see p. 106) it allows selective adjustment of the exposure to particular sections of the subject with simultaneous consideration of the entire image field.

 

Spot metering

This mode concentrates exclusively on a tiny area in the center of the image indicated in the monitor by a green spot (2.1.10).

It allows exact measurement of even minute details for precise exposure – preferably in conjunction with manual setting (see p. 105) .

For example, in backlit pictures it is normally necessary to prevent the darker background causing underexposure of the main subject. With its tiny metering area, spot metering allows you to selectively evaluate this kind of details..

 

 

Are there any visual displays of the metering area in the LCD display options?

Yes.

 

 

And can you fix the meter reading with a shutter half press?

Yes.

 

Best

Holger

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