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By default, your exposure compensation indicator works in one third stop increments. So when I move one click after metering, that means one third of a stop of overexposure, two thirds of a stop, one full stop, one and a third, and so on. If you want, you can change that. If you go in here to the first page of the custom function category, you get Exposure level increments. If I come in here, I can change from one third stop to one half stop. The idea here is, a third of a stop might be far more granularity than you need for the way that you like to expose, or for the lighting situation that you're in, so if you switch to a half a stop, you can move up and down the scale with fewer steps.
So now, when I do one click of the dial, I get one half stop over exposure; another click gets me to one. So that's one and half, that's two, two and a half, three; of course, the same thing works in the other direction. So this gives me just two clicks to get to one stop of underexposure, rather than three. So you can tell the time savings is going to just send my productivity through the roof while I am shooting. It might be that you want to change this, because you have an easier time thinking in terms of half stops rather than third stops.
It might be easier math for you to do in your head if you haven't simply memorized the one third stop increments. So that's there if you need to change it. If you find yourself frustrated by how granular the scale is, or if you find that you are used to thinking in half stop increments, this very first custom function allows you to make that very simple change.
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