AE-L Auto Exposure Lock
* This button is used to lock exposure in one area of the frame then recompose the photograph.
Set your exposure mode to “center weighted” or “spot metering” then position this point on the area you wish to have correctly exposed. Push in the AE-AL Lock button to set and lock the exposure, then (without releasing this button) recompose the frame then push the shutter release button to capture the image. Use this feature when a composition contains areas with different intensities of lighting.
* This button is similarly used to lock focus in one area of the frame then recompose the photograph.