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What is the Correct Exposure?

Camera manufacturers don’t “get” this. None of them do.

The false premise is assuming that a tone must be exposed the same way it is rendered. All automatic exposure modes today operate on this fundamentally flawed premise.

The correct exposure is not some antiquated notion of 18% gray cards, incident light level, or zone system or similar tonal value schemes. Those antiques all had their day in the sun— with film. And they still do under certain circumstances. But not for the best digital quality.

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Since 2006, Diglloyd Advanced Photography is the authoritative review and reference for DSLRs and their lenses: Canon and Nikon primarily, but also Pentax and some medium format. Reviews of key DSLRs are included, but the primary focus is on lens performance. Also included is a wealth of technique and workflow approaches.

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