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The 7D metering Sucks at snow

 
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Feb 09, 2012 10:31 |  #16

sambarino wrote in post #13855432 (external link)
I would bet money that you would be much happier with it if you would learn how to use it. Happy shooting.

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Feb 09, 2012 10:36 |  #17

But we don't have any snow here. Can I exchange my Snow button for a Sandy Beach button?

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Feb 09, 2012 10:37 as a reply to  @ DreamMaker23's post |  #18

Meter off a gray card.


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Feb 09, 2012 10:42 |  #19

tzalman wrote in post #13855649 (external link)
But we don't have any snow here. Can I exchange my Snow button for a Sandy Beach button?

stsva - what you doin' hangin' out in coal mines?

You never know when you might fall down a shaft - I want my camera to be ready. :D


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Feb 09, 2012 10:44 |  #20

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Expose for the sky, your snow should come out fine.

Yep. And read "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson for more tips like this.




  
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Feb 09, 2012 10:46 |  #21

dringess wrote in post #13855702 (external link)
Yep. And read "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson for more tips like this.

That's where I got it from. I've used it as well and it works.


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Feb 09, 2012 10:46 |  #22

Darkwand wrote in post #13855279 (external link)
I hope Canon would get a snow mode for the next version of the 7D at the moment the camera underexposes in the magnitude of two stops.

Why cant the cameras have a switch like the movie/still mode but for the weather. It could be Normal/Night/Snow, cars have this with their traction control so why not DSLR's

Currently i use the exposure compensation but that's not always handy and quick i'd say Canon needs to work on the Semi-audomatic features of their DSLR's.
I'd also love bracketing for the semi modes where you set a lowest acceptable shutter speed for instance.


Please tell me this post is a joke.

Camera meters, ever since day #1, have been calibrated against an 18% gray card. It is considered the best average exposure measurement. Therefore something bright and white (like snow..?) is going to make the metering think it should expose less to achieve 18% gray. A 2-stop compensation is just about right to make snow look really white.

This important fact, along with many others, is taught in pretty much all basic photography classes.




  
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Feb 09, 2012 10:49 |  #23

Learning photography is overrated these days.


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Feb 09, 2012 10:54 |  #24

I don't see the problem... doesn't the 7D have a green box mode?


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Feb 09, 2012 10:56 as a reply to  @ RTPVid's post |  #25

Learning M mode for difficult exposure seems to be asking too much.




  
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Feb 09, 2012 11:07 |  #26

delhi wrote in post #13855733 (external link)
Learning photography is overrated these days.

But I bought a really expensive camera? Surely a really expensive camera should be able to take photos properly..? The guy at Best Buy said it would...



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Feb 09, 2012 11:07 |  #27

delhi wrote in post #13855733 (external link)
Learning photography is overrated these days.

bw!bw!bw!


Your camera is alot smarter than the "M" Zealots would have you believe

  
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Feb 09, 2012 11:12 |  #28

Lol noob with 7D??????

Yea im kind of sad that everyone has to have big fancy dslr and they dont know how to use it.




  
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Feb 09, 2012 11:20 as a reply to  @ DreamMaker23's post |  #29

i hate to join the chorus, but this thread is ridiculous. the 7D's metering doesn't suck at snow; it's doing exactly what it's supposed to be doing. it meters to 18% gray, and you're choosing the metering mode. if anything you're not giving it proper instructions and are blaming it for not doing something that it isn't supposed to do.

it isn't your camera's job to expose a scene properly, that's your responsibility. don't blame the car for not moving quickly if you're not hitting the gas pedal.


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Feb 09, 2012 11:40 as a reply to  @ alt4852's post |  #30

The sleep mode is totally under-rated. It takes pics while you are dozing. Best feature ever....;)

I have not tried it on snow scenics yet, but this is giving me ideas...




  
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