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02-29-2012, 01:35 AM   #1
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P30 help!!!!

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I have recently decided to try a bit of film photography with my grandads P30. Ive got some 400 speed film which i thought would be ok to use in daylight situations, but every time i go out to shoot it gives me an overexposed reading. Ive tried usung both the Program mode on some of the lenses i have and also shooting at f/32 at 1000/1 but i still get an overexposed reading. Is there some way i can change the iso within the camera, ive read the manual but it doesn't seem to help.
Any advise would be great

02-29-2012, 01:55 AM   #2
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There is no way to set the ISO on the camera. It detects the DX code on the film cannister. The only way of over-riding would be to buy a replacement DX code label and stick it over the original one...

If there's no DX code on the film, the camera defaults to ISO100 or something I think.

Sounds like the meter may not be working... What happens in manual mode?
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Manual mode is the exact same and i am using Fujifilm 400 speed X-tra Superior film which i am pretty sure is DX coded film. Is there anyway i could maybe check if the meter is broken?
02-29-2012, 06:35 AM   #4
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Use your dof preview to see if the lens is stopping down. You may be shooting wide open the whole time. My P3 stuck once, but nothing a drop of oil didn't fix.

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Unless you are somewhere extremely bright and sunny you shouldn't be getting those sorts of speeds. Sounds like the camera may need a service.

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you might need new batteries.
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if you are shooting at f32 and 1/1000 of a sec and still getting overexposure, then clearly something isn't working correctly. in bright daylight with 400 speed film, 1/1000 of a second should need somewhere between f5,6 or f8 at about EV 15 and around f/11 or f16 at around EV 18, without any sort of ND filter for reducing incoming light. I don't know exactly how the P30 operates, but I certainly assume it does open aperture metering, since it uses A series lenses. by the way, what lens are you using? if its giving you these kind of readings, its unlikely to be a mechanical problem with the lens. either the camera isn't reading the aperture correctly from the lens data contacts (assuming you are using an A series lens) the camera isn't coupling correctly with the aperture coupling (assuming you are using a non-A lens) can the P30 do open aperture metering with non-A lenses? or the meter itself is malfunctioning. any of which, I think will need some sort of professional servicing to get fixed.

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