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05-14-2008, 10:06 PM   #16
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For your exposures with a manual lens:

Set camera to M mode
Set aperture on lens i.e. f/8, f/11 what ever you need for DOF
Half press the shutter release to activate metering
Turn your e-dial (which ever one you have allocated for shutter speed) and view either the top LCD panel or through the view finder until you see the exposure meter reading centre (zero)

You have now correctly set the exposure.

Take a shot and view the image/histogram and see if you need to adjust the exposure (shutter/aperture)

Option two, after setting aperture on the lens, instead of turning the edial, simply push the GREEN Button.

If you are trying to use a ND-8 filter then it might be advisable to focus the camera first then put the filter on as it can be hard to see sometimes.


05-17-2008, 08:19 PM   #17
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To Everyone:

One of the best things about my purchase of the K20d is it lead me to this excellent forum. There is a high quality of communication going on here. There is also a warm comradery which I have not sensed on other boards.

My jump from an S3 Canon to the K20d has been, as some of you have suggested, a difficult one. I apologize for sounding like I was fed up with the camera; I did not mean to merely vent here.

Anyway, there is so much excellent advice here that I have read it over several times; I have benefited immensely from this---Again, thank you!

Peacekeeper: I like your idea of metering in M mode with the Ev meter, but for some reason the meter is shut off on my K20. I can only get it to turn on if I push and hold the button in. Is it possible to turn it on somehow?

Monochrome--your advice is particularly inspiring!

Jbinpg: I am looking forward to trying out your technique for getting better exposures.

I could go on and on--but I think you all get the message. Thanks for taking the time to bring me up a level. I look forward to contributing to this board in a positive manner--soon.

Best Regards,


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