TitusvilleSurfer wrote in post #11859398
I know you corrected that auto-focus was your concern when you were questioned on metering, but "spot" and "center weighted" are definitely metering. This makes me wonder if your mistake wasn't just a jumbled word but that you don't understand your own question. Are you sure you are using f/2? "Spot" and "center weighted" are methods the camera uses to advise you whether to use f/2 or not. Is your main dial set to Av, Tv, M, Sport, or the green box? Sorry if I sound condescending, I am really trying to help.
if metering is also a question, the answer is that it depends. I tend to stick to CWA unless I have good reason to do otherwise. If you are in M, the metering will only be for info purposes as you are setting everything. In Av, metering is very important since its how your camera decides what shutter speed to use for any given ISO/aperture combo. The problem with spot and an auto mode is that more often than not, uniforms are dark and light (home v away). If you spot meter the jersey of a player in a dark kit, its more likely than not, that you'll grossly overexpose the image and vice versa in a light kit (underexpose). Again, this is if you are using any auto mode like Av. What I typically do is to set a custom WB and metering pre game (another strong argument why you HAVE to try to be at games early and be prepared) by using a gray card. I do this in Av, spot. Once I see the settings, I switch to M, put those settings in and take a few test shots of players warming up. I check my histogram and tweak settings accordingly. Metering no longer matters at this point, just the histogram. Bear in mind, this is for indoor sports or outdoor with consistent lighting. If outside in mixed light, you'll more likely use Av and then metering is quite important. Here, I'll use CWA metering and often add 1/3 stop exposure comp since I'd rather have my histogram to the right end of things. In this case, I do periodically check the histogram to make sure I am staying properly exposed.
I'll leave this for a different discussion but ideally, you'll use an incident light meter rather than in camera metering to determine exposure since even in a consistently lit gym, you'd be surprised at how inconsistent it really is.
Hope that helps.