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06-15-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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K-5 Underexposing Question

Forgive this potentially obvious question, but as a new K-5 user I feel I must get some input. I'm coming from using a 645NII and K-X tandem. I used a Sigma APO 70-200mm 2.8 with the K-X, which I am now using on the K-5. The K-X was always very consistent with providing consistent, correct exposure with this lens.

Using the lens and a Tamron 17-50/2.8 zoom on the K-5 however, I seem to be consistently getting shots 2-3 stops underexposed and having to use heavy exposure comp to get near correct exposure (matrix meter). When compared to the 645 and K-X under the same conditions and ISO the 'correct' settings on the K-5 seem silly. I essentially shoot the exact same scene constantly, and have done so thousands of times before, so this is not an experience issue.

06-15-2013, 08:51 PM   #2

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I used to have the same issue with the Tamron 17-50 and the K-5 (and my K-x DSLR, fwiw), although the under-exposure was never more that 0.5 to 1 stop. However in a recent shoot involving literally hundreds of shots with the K-5 and the Tamron 17-50 in daylight (and using flash too), the problem wasn't there at all. I was shooting the exact same locations as well that I used to have problems with last year.

All I can suggest is to perhaps update to the latest K-5 firmware, and maybe try centre-weighted metering for a while. Perhaps also check under the camera menu options that you haven't set the AE metering to follow the AF point, or something like that.

Another suggestion would be to open up a problem image in Photome (see image below) and see what the AE point graphical display shows about the LV of the scene. And maybe also just generally review the EXIF data to see what the camera is recording for your problem images.

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06-16-2013, 12:51 AM   #3
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My k5 also underexposes with any lens compaired to previously owned Kr,Kx and now k30, but not by 2 stops more like 1 and it's not consistent either, some are worse than others.

I have a feeling that all k5 bodies under expose a bit as there have been loads of comments on this before.

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