When the contrast between the subject and background is high, such as when shooting a backlit subject or a subject near a window, meter the light at a spot where the subject appears to have the appropriate brightness and lock the exposure before shooting. To reduce the brightness of the subject, meter the light at a spot brighter than the subject and lock the exposure of the entire screen. To make the subject brighter, meter the light at a spot darker than the subject and lock the exposure of the entire screen.
- MENU → (Camera Settings2) → [Custom Key] or [Custom Key] → desired key, then assign [AEL toggle] to the key.
- Adjust the focus on the spot at which the exposure is adjusted.
- Press the button to which [AEL toggle] is assigned.The exposure is locked, and (AE lock) is displayed.
- Focus on the subject again and press the shutter button.
- To cancel the exposure lock, press the button to which the [AEL toggle] function is assigned.
- If you select the [AEL hold] function in [Custom Key] or [Custom Key], you can lock the exposure as long as you are holding down the button. You cannot set the [AEL hold] function to [Left Button], [Right Button] or [Down Button].
- [ AEL hold] and [ AEL toggle] are not available when using zoom functions other than optical zoom.