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07-14-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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K7 owners: Light Meter or Electronic Level?

Which do you use for the viewfinder and the top lcd?

I hate that we have to choose! They are both so useful and I can't figure out which I need more

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lightmeter - tripod head has a spirit level so kinda obvious choice but even without it i think i would just fix in post production even if i messed it up
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The lightmeter is far more useful in my opinion. I have horizon correction turned on, and if for some reason I still get a tilted image, I can correct in post-processing at the cost of a slight crop.
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Lightmeter all the way.

I had a play with the electronic level when I first got the camera, and since then I've never touched that feature again.

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Light meter, reluctantly. It annoys me that they designed it this way. I know they wanted to keep the viewfinder from getting too crowded, but they could have had the functionality of the spirit level in a different way:
instead of showing all those marks to left and right of center (which are really easy to confuse with the light meter anyway) they should have just put one small icon at the bottom of the display that would have appeared in three states, something like

"\" to indicate a tilt to the left, "|" for centered, and "/" for a tilt to the right. I don't see how showing the specific degree of tilt was necessary. This would have saved a lot of room. As it is they stupidly made a useful feature unavailable to anyone metering in manual.
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QuoteOriginally posted by pentup Quote
...they should have just put one small icon at the bottom of the display that would have appeared in three states, something like "\" to indicate a tilt to the left, "|" for centered, and "/" for a tilt to the right. I don't see how showing the specific degree of tilt was necessary. This would have saved a lot of room. As it is they stupidly made a useful feature unavailable to anyone metering in manual.
That's a great idea. I added to your reputation for that one. Hopefully, someone from Pentax will see this idea and see that it gets implemented.
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Easier still would be to have the level switch back to metering if the shutter button is touched for more than a few moments.
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light meter all the way

I have levels on my tripod.

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Light meter.

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Electronic level. I can easily switch to the meter by taping the exposure adjustment button. And since I use Av most of the time, not M, the meter is not that useful to me, except if I want to make adjustments.
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Level. I can't seem to get a shot quite straight otherwise. It's not the camera as I've had the same problem with all of my dSLR cameras. It's been a big help for me and I didn't used the light meter all that much before the K7.
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I use the level. I can't seem to get a shot straight either. I use to have to straighten in PP all the time when I only had my K10, I have not had to even once with the K7.
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Light meter. Haven't had any need for the level, and can photoshop if needed.
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Light meter. If I have time to worry about the horizon being dead straight, I have time to switch, or line it up properly.
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Level. I take a lot of dynamic shots and the level heps, reducing the amount of PP.
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