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Old August 12th 04, 07:26 PM
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Default Nikon Matrix Metering vs Canon ETTL

On Tue, 10 Aug 2004 10:18:23 -0500, Patrick L. wrote:

I'm about to invest in a 35mm SLR system. On the Nikon side, it will be
the F100, or F5, on the Canon Side it will be the Eos 3, or 1V.

Both have great lenses, and both systems are good. I'm familiar with
other issues, such as the Nikon lens system is not as simple and straight
forward as the Eos, but I won't be needing more than 3 lenses for
weddings, possibly four. Issues of ergonomics aside, I'm a little
concerned about the mixed reviews I read about ETTL (and I think ETTL 11
is not available for the 1V, correct?). I've read a lot of good reviews
on matrix metering, and Nikon's lightning quick focus is very attractive
(not that 1V is slow, either), so I'm leaning a bit to Nikon, but it
seems that Canon has the upstream digital advantage, so there is that. On
the other hand, on the digital front, I'm happy with my E1 systerm, mainly
for it's spectacular color output and excellent auto white balance, so the
digital issue won't be persuading me.

Of those who have had experience comparing Nikon's metering to Canon's,
what are your thoughts, considerations, critiques, concerning these two
(regarding metering)?



Patrick, a much better idea is to decide on what you want from lenses
first. Once you have that sorted, choosing the body will be a lot easier
because let's face it, a meter is a meter is a meter.

Canon and Nikon both make excellent professional lenses. They aren't cheap
though. My main consideration in going back to Nikon from Canon was that
to get the lenses I wanted in Canon EF mount would have cost me a bomb. It
actually worked out cheaper for me to buy old Nikkors, an F4 and now
yesterday the Nikon D70.

The F4 can use just about any Nikkor lens (manual or auto focus) and the
D70 also has very good backwards compatibility (provided you don't mind
using a handheld meter).

I feel that I now have a much more versatile system in Nikon gear than I
do in Canon. A few months back I also bought a Nikon F2 Photomic which is
a fully manual body that can shoot any Nikon lens with an aperture ring
(most of them). If I ever have to climb Everest, I am sure my F2 will work
up there when the other two fail!

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