Canon 7D: AE Lock

There are 2 uses for the Auto-Exposure AE lock:

  1. When you want to have the area of focus to be different from the area metered for the exposure.
  2. When you want to take multiple photos with the same exposure setting irrespective of the change in framing or light.

Press the <*> button to lock the exposure, then you can recompose and take the photo.The AE Lock locks the exposure for 4 seconds.

What gets measured will depend on the metering mode:

Metering ModePoint Used
PartialCenter point
SpotCenter point
AverageCenter point
Evaluative & AF point selected by cameraAF point that has achieved focus
Evaluative & Manual selection of AF pointAF point selected even if it didn’t achieve focus