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In what situations would I set my meter to Full, 1/2 and 1

Some photographers prefer their meters to match the intermediate f/stops and shutter speeds (ex.-f/6.3, f/9, 1/90. etc.) that are available on their cameras.  By setting the meter to 1/2 or 1/3 increments, the meter will read the light and then display readings to the nearest half or third.

The "Full" aperture setting will actually give you readings down to 1/10 stop accuracy.  The meter will display the full f/stop followed by a smaller number representing the tenth stop increment.  A reading of f/11.2 is f/11 and two tenths, f/11.5 is f/11 and a half; something like f/11.9 is usually rounded to f/16.  Tenths of stops have become very important when shooting digitally, since digital capture has a very narrow tolerance for under/over exposure.



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