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05-18-2014, 01:18 PM   #1
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EXposure bracketing steps with K500 (K50?)

Doing some more exploring of my K500 camera and have wandered onto the EV steps section of the menu. All I can find under EV steps is 1/3 and 1/2 values under the SENSITIVITY STEPS section of the CUSTOM menu. I was hoping to be able to set my EV bracketing for 0, -1, +1 using full EV values of 1 as opposed to 1/3 or 1/2. Is this doable? Am I even in the correct section of the menu system to set my bracketing EV steps? If so, is there a reason why only 1/3 and 1/2 are offered (as in 1 EV steps are a hold-over from film and not needed in digital)?

I'm not used to being such a dumbass when it comes to technology, but I just keep telling myself -- "The only stupid questions are the ones not asked." :/

05-18-2014, 01:45 PM   #2
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C1 is the setting that controls the EV steps, and it only lets you set 1/2 and 1/3 stop intervals. Some manufacturers do offer 1-stop clicks, but I don't think very many people would want to restrict themselves like that (it would make EV compensation somewhat restrictive for instance).

Here's the good news: it sounds like you think this setting controls bracketing intervals, which it doesn't. It only affects the size of the adjustment made by each turn of the e-dial. To change the EV bracketing interval, follow these steps:
1. press the right button on the 4-way pad
2. select exposure bracketing (all the way to the right)
3. press the down button on the 4-way pad
4. use the rear e-dial to adjust the interval as desired
5. press OK to exit
6. if needed, shift the interval by using the exposure compensation button

Hope this helps!

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05-18-2014, 02:06 PM   #3
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That was it!!! Turns out I was looking in the wrong place to set my EV Bracketing steps. Thanks, Adam. You Rock!!!
05-18-2014, 08:45 PM   #4
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All the Pentax cameras do Bracketing, but if you look for Bracketing in the manual, it's not there. It's "Exposure Bracketing".

The K500 only does three shots. If you want more, use negative Ev compensation on the first set of shots, then positive Ev compensation on a second set.

05-18-2014, 09:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for the tip, Just1MoreDave.

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