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03-07-2011, 04:09 AM   #1
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MX Metering Question

I recently got my MX CLAed and everything looked good. However, I recently noticed that my camera wouldn't meter a 1 or 1/2 second. When I used it to try and meter for some night shots I increased the film speed to 1600 (from 400) and then I noticed that it wouldn't meter at anything less than 1/8 s, but it returned to normal when I decreased the film speed. Does anyone know if this is normal?

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You are running the meter out of it's range. The MX meters from Ev1 to EV19.
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The operating range of the MX meter is in the manual on page 22

http://pentax-manuals.com/manuals/mf/pentax_mx_manual_s.pdf
(the password is "Pentax", capital P).

If you had 400 asa film in there, and then 1600, then you know the calibration's been done to factory spec!

Try ASA 100 film -- or 200 to get 1/2 sec metering at least.

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Thanks for the direction...That's the problem of getting a second (third? maybe fourth?) hand camera...no instructions.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Wheatfield Quote
You are running the meter out of it's range. The MX meters from Ev1 to EV19
This is a common issue that is hugely under-appreciated. Ev 1 represents an exposure of 1 second at f/1 (2 seconds at f/1.4). When used to express meter sensitivity it is taken to mean the amount of light that would yield that exposure at ISO 100. You don't have to go very dark to hit those kind of numbers. The situation gets even worse when doing stop-down metering. FWIW, the meter in your MX has sensitivity similar to current Pentax digital bodies.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
This is a common issue that is hugely under-appreciated. Ev 1 represents an exposure of 1 second at f/1 (2 seconds at f/1.4). When used to express meter sensitivity it is taken to mean the amount of light that would yield that exposure at ISO 100. You don't have to go very dark to hit those kind of numbers. The situation gets even worse when doing stop-down metering. FWIW, the meter in your MX has sensitivity similar to current Pentax digital bodies.
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Another point for the thread about what is so great about the LX.
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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Another point for the thread about what is so great about the LX.
I had never looked up the LX meter specs...-6.5-20...pretty incredible. That leaves my Gossen LunaLux in the dust and the Gossen is almost as big as the LX


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QuoteOriginally posted by GeneV Quote
Another point for the thread about what is so great about the LX.
I guess, who needs low light-metering, when you can meter off the film. I'm sure that it beats the guess-o-meter for those night shots.

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