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I am the only one who uses 2/3 stop EV compensation almost 100% of the time?

 
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Aug 09, 2013 09:29 |  #1

I don't know if it's just my 5D2, but it doesn't seem to matter which lens, I almost always have it bumped up 2/3 stop to get the right exposure it seems. Is this common? I've heard others say canons are setup to underexpose a bit to preserve colors?


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Aug 09, 2013 09:31 |  #2

I typically have mine set at 1/3 all the time. I'd rather be a little overexposed that I can pull back down in LR than to be underexposed.

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Aug 09, 2013 09:34 |  #3

If I'm in Av I'll push the EV 1/3. It seems when in PP, I have noticed a tendency to up the expossure on my shots by the same amount and that what PLL said above. I can dial it back rather than push it up.


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Aug 09, 2013 10:41 as a reply to  @ N23's post |  #4

I shoot 100% in M mode and find 2/3-1 stop provide better skin tones and proper exposure. If a tad high, it's simple to bump down in PP.


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Aug 09, 2013 11:18 |  #5

Everything is relative... to what is in the scene and what metering mode your camera is in!

when I meter an 18% grey card with my Canon, its reading matches the reading that I get with my Minolta incident light meter. If I follow that reading, an 18% grey 'mid tone' ends up just to the left of center on the histogram.

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There have been threads on forums in the past, discussing the fact that you actually need to meter a 12-13% gray tone, in order for 18% 'mid tone' to truly be recorded in the center of the tonal range (middle of histogram).

You will also hear mention of needing to bump exposure a bit to the right, in order for ETTR practitioners to move highlights to the right edge of the histogram.

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Aug 09, 2013 13:11 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #6

I mostly shoot in Av with my 60D. I almost always use EC at +2/3-+1 (ETTR).


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Aug 09, 2013 14:52 |  #7

Also always at +1/3 to +2/3 of EC.


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Aug 09, 2013 14:58 |  #8

On my 7D I am usually at +1/3 by default. On my 6D I am at +2/3 or +1 by default. This is using Av and evaluative metering.


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Aug 09, 2013 15:22 |  #9

Great info guys. Nothing to add as I am just now dilly dallying with shooting in AV as opposed to mainly shooting in M. Just stepped up to the 6D from a T4i Monday to be exact. Keep the great info flowing.




  
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Aug 09, 2013 15:35 |  #10

No your not alone. Plus 2/3 was my default for pretty much every Canon DSLR I've owned, 1D 1D2 1D3 etc... My 5D3 seems better.


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Aug 09, 2013 15:42 |  #11

Again you are not alone.

+ 1/3 on most of the Canons I've used at least. 9 times out of 10 the meter will be telling me an exposure that ends up underexposed.




  
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Aug 09, 2013 15:42 |  #12

yep +2/3 on the 7D also




  
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Aug 09, 2013 15:57 |  #13

ChuckingFluff wrote in post #16194787 (external link)
yep +2/3 on the 7D also

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Aug 09, 2013 15:57 |  #14

+2/3 was my standard EC on the 30D and so is now on the 5D3.




  
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Aug 09, 2013 19:17 |  #15

I've always been +2/3 or +1 on most of my bodies.


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