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03-14-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Camera strap moving meter pattern lever?

I usually shoot manual with the meter set to spot. Occassionally I'll get a reading that makes no sense, then look down to find the selector lever in the center weighted averaging position. I think it may be getting pulled by the camera strap when I have a heavy lens mounted. Has anyone else had that problem?

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Never. Are you using a non-standard strap, or does the switch feel very loose?

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I'm using the strap that came with the camera. I can make it do it if it goes from slack to taught fairly quickly. (manipulating the strap) I looked into the possiblity that I might have moved it with my left hand when shooting vertical, but it rests there away from the lever. And the switch doesn't feel loose at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by c a sugg Quote
I usually shoot manual with the meter set to spot. Occassionally I'll get a reading that makes no sense, then look down to find the selector lever in the center weighted averaging position. I think it may be getting pulled by the camera strap when I have a heavy lens mounted. Has anyone else had that problem?
I do that too !!

I get out there, take 50 to 100 shots thinking all will be fine until I get home to view the pics on the computer .... only to find out that my shots are all improperly exposed .... check the lever: sure enough! It has been moved to centre weighted avg position !!!

For my part, I don't even know how this happens but I think your suggestion of the strap hitting the lever would be a possible cause.

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I use the OP/Tech Pro Strap and so far have not had this problem.
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Has anyone else had that problem?
Nope, but my K20 lever got moved when taking it from the bag, I guess. Stuck on spot meter for 2 days...luckily most things in the desert are mid-toned.
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Go with a Black Rapid strap and never look back.
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Just checked and my meter position was set to centre weighted, I had set it to matrix, and yes I use the standard strap.
Well spotted!

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I've never had this problem using the standard strap. My meter lever is quite stiff too, so stiff that I wont be able to turn it on winter days if my hands are cold and dry, but I like it that way.
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Wouldn't you notice exposure errors in the image review? I use the "blinkies" for this to get a quick feel for exposure.

Oh, and I've never noticed my strap moving the metering switch.
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Yes, this happens occasionally on my K-5. But the nature of the beast means I just have to tweak any exposure errors in PP and the problem disappears.
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