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05-09-2015, 09:55 PM   #1
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How to use the light meter in M mode?

When I push the shutter release button on my K5 to the right in M mode I see the light meter in the viewfinder. Is there any other way to get to see the light meter in M mode apart from pushing the shutter release button to the right and holding it there? What I would really like to know is if there is any way to keep the light meter on in M mode all the time, so I donīt need to waste time pushing the shutter release button to the right every time I want to check the meter?

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If it is an "A" type lens with electrical contacts a half press on the shutter button will turn on the meter exposure bars. You can set the length of how long the meter stays on in the setup menu.

If it a manual focus lens without electrical contacts the exposure bars will only be on as long as you operate the DOF preview. I'm probably wrong but I don't think any of the K-Mount bodies even from the film era had a locking DOF preview.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
If it is an "A" type lens with electrical contacts a half press on the shutter button will turn on the meter exposure bars. You can set the length of how long the meter stays on in the setup menu.

If it a manual focus lens without electrical contacts the exposure bars will only be on as long as you operate the DOF preview. I'm probably wrong but I don't think any of the K-Mount bodies even from the film era had a locking DOF preview.

On my Mamaya/Sekor 500 DTl, Spormatic II and Ricoh XRM's, the DOF button was mechanical and the aperture staed stopped down as long as the button was depressed. If there could be one item in the FF it would be a mechanical DOF button for old timers like me. I also miss the exposure indicator needle too. Digital readouts are just not my thing.

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