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10-16-2020, 09:35 AM   #1
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Pentax MZ-6 (same as ZX-L) How to eneble spot mettering?

So, i bought mint MZ-6 with original manual but it's very poorly written and i was fail to find the section about spot metering option.

Here is the link to the manual.

Please let me know if you are know how to enable this feature.

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While your MZ-6 does allow for "spot" auto-focus, it only supports multi-segment metering with option for spot metering.

Edit: Eric's note below tells how to use this poorly documented feature that is not in the published specs.


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If I'm remembering right, if you set custom Pentax Function 5 to "SP", then it will use the spot meter when you use the meter lock (AE-L) button on the back.

I think that's the only way to use the spot, so it won't 'normally' meter with the spot meter, only when you AE-lock it...

The other options use the multi-segment meter...

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QuoteOriginally posted by TwoUptons Quote
If I'm remembering right, if you set custom Pentax Function 5 to "SP", then it will use the spot meter when you use the meter lock (AE-L) button on the back.

I think that's the only way to use the spot, so it won't 'normally' meter with the spot meter, only when you AE-lock it...

The other options use the multi-segment meter...

-Eric
Thanks for the clarification and function setting reference. I was going from the published specifications and the manual outside of the Pentax Functions. Does the camera give an indication it is using spot metering?


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Thanks for the clarification and function setting reference. I was going from the published specifications and the manual outside of the Pentax Functions. Does the camera give an indication it is using spot metering?


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It only indicates that you've locked the exposure with an asterix in the viewfinder, not the basis.
A quick scroll through the Pentax Functions will show, though...

I was fiddling with it a few minutes ago, pointing it at a crystal chandelier, and it did change values when I locked, so it had obviously switched something -- presumably from the averaging metering to spot...

I've always had mine set that way, but I don't know if it's the default or if I just wanted it that way...

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Got it!
Thanks a lot for the explanation, Eric and Steve.
It's not really that easy to use, so I'll buy a separate exposure meter.
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QuoteOriginally posted by VlaDjinn Quote
Got it!
Thanks a lot for the explanation, Eric and Steve.
It's not really that easy to use, so I'll buy a separate exposure meter.
I've found the meter in the ZX-L one of the best I've ever used in a film camera.
It does really well and is hard to fool...

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