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12-26-2009, 05:22 PM   #1
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Quick question

Ive lost my K10D manual and have a quick question, regarding the 3 position selector switch on top of the camera body. Its the switch thats located under the dial you turn to shoot manual, auto and such.


Thats for white balance metering right?

Center, spot, and average metering? Why is the last one green..does that mean auto?

12-26-2009, 05:59 PM   #2
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It has nothing to do with white balance. It is for metering selection; spot, center weighted, and matrix.
12-26-2009, 06:08 PM   #3
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If you lost your manual you can download it from pentax

http://www.pentaximaging.com/files/manual/K10D_Manual.pdf

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Thanks to both of ya!

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And the reason the Matrix metering mode is colored green is that is goes with the Pentax convention of marking all the most basic, most automatic, or most foolproof settings in green. That way, a new user who has gotten themselves completely confused by changing settings can just turn everything on the camera to "green" and get back to the most automated state.

Matrix metering, shake reduction ON, autofocus, auto-selected focus point...these things are all the "smart" defaults for a user who doesn't want to think too much. And the color coding can help them locate the "most friendly" settings. And, of course, you have the grand-daddy of them all: Green Mode, where everything is taken out of your hands but pushing the shutter release.
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QuoteOriginally posted by aerodave Quote
And the reason the Matrix metering mode is colored green is that is goes with the Pentax convention of marking all the most basic, most automatic, or most foolproof settings in green. That way, a new user who has gotten themselves completely confused by changing settings can just turn everything on the camera to "green" and get back to the most automated state.
Thank you for that information. I've been using three different Pentax DSLRs for the past 5 years, and I never noticed the color coding. Duh!
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