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D5000 User's Guide:
Custom Setting Menu: Exposure
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How to Get Here
Press MENU, go to the left and select up and down to the pencil icon. You'll then see CUSTOM SETTING MENU on the color LCD. Click down to b EXPOSURE and click to the right.
What it Does
Here we set one metering option.
What I Change
Nothing. I leave this one alone.
b1 EV steps for exposure control top
This defaults to 1/3 stops. You may set half stops if you prefer.
The D5000 sets exposure steplessly, regardless of this setting.
Missing: I use the full-stop setting of the D300, D700 and D3, missing in the D5000.
Design Flaw: Ideally Nikon would provide separate settings for manual and auto exposure. I'd set 1/3 stops for manual exposure and full stops in auto exposure (P, S and A modes). You need the precision in manual mode, but not in the auto modes, because the values chosen by the D5000 are set steplessly regardless of how they are displayed.
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