Most people have at least one or two eureka moments in their lives, when they come to realize something that might be obvious to others. Not me. I have duhhhhhh… moments. That’s when something really obvious occurs to me long after everyone else is well aware of it.
Almost ten years ago, when the Canon 6D supposedly made a big advance in noise handling, I started shooting critters in M mode, riding only shutter speed. That didn’t last for long, as anything over ISO 1600 was still unacceptable, and, on that particular camera, washed-out looking. Since that time, I haven’t found another camera with controls that make it convenient to work that way . . .
. . . until the current L-mount offerings. But I’ve gotten so comfortable riding ISO and EV with manual lenses that I haven’t bothered trying until recently. Yesterday and today I shot that way, seeing that average ISO was a good bit lower than when I ride it for shutter speed. Great, I saved the setting as a user profile, leaving EV where I use it most.
Are ya with me so far?
When shooting aperture priority mode with Leica bodies, I typically set EV anywhere from -1/3 to -1. Because the more recent bodies no longer have an option to leave “setting effect” OFF, I wrestle with a dim EVF much of the time.
Today it occurred to me that’s what the setting effect by mode is for: either P-A-S-M, or . . . . P-A-S . . .
Who cares, though? No more dim finder! And on this body, four-digit ISO is no problem.