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01-22-2015, 07:23 AM   #1
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k5 light meter

a long time ago I was a film camera hobbyist. Now I decided to get back in to the art. A bought a k5 its a long way from my old film camera. ok here's the question. I think the light meter on my camera is now called a ev meter. I sometimes have a green light on each end and one in the middle whats this supposed to mean. see there and they said there wasn't any stupid questions.. LOL

01-22-2015, 09:01 AM   #2
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Hi! Welcome to the Pentax Forums!

Do you have a copy of the K-5 manual? It is a good first step to understanding your camera's features. The PDF version of the manual is available for download from Ricoh/Pentax at the link below:


As for your light meter, EV (Exposure Value) is just a way of expressing exposure. The meter works in much the same way as the one on your film camera did and requires no special treatment or attention. One EV unit is essentially the same as one "stop" of exposure and can represent either aperture or shutter speed or ISO sensitivity depending on your exposure mode. With your camera, you can apply EV compensation and bias the exposure either side of the recommended setting to compensate for strong back-lighting and such.

I hope this is helpful.


P.S. There is an extensive article on EV in the Wikipedia...probably more than you ever wanted to know

Exposure value - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
01-22-2015, 09:31 AM   #3
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Thanks that's very helpful. I might just like it better than my old needle meter. I love my k5 from what I've figured out already. I'll download the file and check it out.

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