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Mar 24, 2012 19:19 |  #1

I've been shooting with the 5D Mark III for a few days now. Mostly candid shots around the house and of the kids in the street. I've been shooting under gray skies through twilight. I'm used to shooting with my 5DII in these conditions, without a problem.

I'm finding that twilight shots are underexposed by 2/3 to 1 stop. I was shooting kids against asphalt, green bushes, and white garages. In all cases, they were underexposed. I bumped up my EC by 2/3, and 80% of the shots were right on, and 20% were 1/3 underexposed, as evidenced by the viewer, histogram, and reviewing them in post. Anyone else have this issue?


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Mar 24, 2012 19:34 |  #2

check your metering mode. it'll tell you different things depending on how you have it set. look in the manual to see what the differences are. also part of it will depend on the scene and what part of it you want properly exposed if there's not even lighting.

Dark subject against a bright background and you're going to want to "over expose" the shot.

Bright subject against a dark backdrop and you're going to be "under exposing" to get the subject properly exposed.


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Mar 24, 2012 20:48 |  #3

Actually I find the metering in the 5d mark III more accurate than my other canon bodies


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Mar 27, 2012 18:55 |  #4

Photo Enthusiast wrote in post #14147057 (external link)
I've been shooting with the 5D Mark III for a few days now. Mostly candid shots around the house and of the kids in the street. I've been shooting under gray skies through twilight. I'm used to shooting with my 5DII in these conditions, without a problem.

I'm finding that twilight shots are underexposed by 2/3 to 1 stop. I was shooting kids against asphalt, green bushes, and white garages. In all cases, they were underexposed. I bumped up my EC by 2/3, and 80% of the shots were right on, and 20% were 1/3 underexposed, as evidenced by the viewer, histogram, and reviewing them in post. Anyone else have this issue?

Just got mine today and I'm having the exact same problem. I never had a problem with my 5d2, but I pull these into lightroom and they are definitely dark. What's also strange is that the files look awesome on the 5D3 LCD. I'm shooting JPEGs (until Lightroom lets me import RAW) with the Standard picture style. Any ideas?


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Mar 27, 2012 19:08 |  #5

mhthomps wrote in post #14165018 (external link)
Just got mine today and I'm having the exact same problem. I never had a problem with my 5d2, but I pull these into lightroom and they are definitely dark. What's also strange is that the files look awesome on the 5D3 LCD. I'm shooting JPEGs (until Lightroom lets me import RAW) with the Standard picture style. Any ideas?

Neither you nor the OP indicated what metering mode you're using. I assume you're probably using evaluative. If that's the case, perhaps the Mark III's evaluative metering mode is programmed differently from the Mark II's, and is therefore giving different exposures than the Mark II would give. Whatever the actual reason may be, this points out the fundamental lesson of metering - learn how your particular camera's metering system reacts to different situations and how to compensate accordingly.


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Mar 27, 2012 19:15 |  #6
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Dang. Too many MARKIII threads. Gee


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Mar 27, 2012 20:13 |  #7

Happened to me also on an overcast day. Dont remember what mode I was in...


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Mar 27, 2012 20:16 |  #8

Learn your metering system, how it works in all modes. Learn to evaluate the light in the scene yourself. Then you shouldn't have any problems.


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Mar 27, 2012 21:16 |  #9

stsva wrote in post #14165093 (external link)
Neither you nor the OP indicated what metering mode you're using. I assume you're probably using evaluative. If that's the case, perhaps the Mark III's evaluative metering mode is programmed differently from the Mark II's, and is therefore giving different exposures than the Mark II would give. Whatever the actual reason may be, this points out the fundamental lesson of metering - learn how your particular camera's metering system reacts to different situations and how to compensate accordingly.

Of course. I was really just curious if other 5DII and 5DIII owners were experiencing the same thing from an evaluative metering mode.


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Mar 27, 2012 21:23 |  #10

hmm maybe a bug? hope it turns out to be something simple..on the fence still on this new body will keep watching event.
thanks for the posting


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Mar 27, 2012 21:31 |  #11

Chasing the needle to the middle = FAIL. ;)




  
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Mar 27, 2012 21:37 |  #12

i rarely use eval. usually spot in manual now unless it's flash indoors.....


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Mar 27, 2012 22:05 |  #13

If you are shooting jpg, I recommend moving noise reduction down to low. However, for the best results I would shoot RAW, convert to DNG and import into Lightroom. Adobe has DNG Converter 6.7 RC out that will convert for you.


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Mar 31, 2012 11:16 |  #14

So were able to find out why you kept getting under exposure problem in over cast conditions? Because I am having the same problem.


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Apr 01, 2012 14:39 as a reply to  @ N2bnfunn's post |  #15

Me too. I went from Evaluative to Spot - spot was a little better. But from ISO 100-1000, taking a photo of a white van in Evaluative, the photo does not get any brighter. :confused: I shot at 2.8 on Manual, overcast day with my 24-70. I am going to go out on a better day, and shoot with different lenses too. I did not have this issue with my 7D, so I will be taking that along as well, and I will compare the shots I get. I normally tend to underexpose one stop on my 7D so I expected the same with the 5D3 - but this is a little odd still. I don't have time to show you, but I will come back and report through the week.


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