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A little help if you would be so kind? I have just aguiered a Pentax ME super and am having a little bit of trouble understanding the light meter. The worse thing is I also have the manual, which you'd think would throught some light on the subject, but I think a lot of that has been lost in traslation. Any pointer would be greatfully recieved. Thank you Nathan

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Hi Nathan,

Let's start shooting without film, first.

Example: shooting outside on a bright day, let says between 10:00 to 14:00 with some clouds.

Set camera ASA/ISO to 100
Set lens to the highest number, that's the largest F Stop number.
Set camera to P, which is program. Camera will select aperature and shutter for you.
All you need is the focus and look at those LED lights, to make sure it won't lit & flashing up at the top as well as on the bottom.

If you are viewing a image that is bight without clouds, then the Shutter should be 125 and the Aperature 16. If in the shade, it will be Aperaure 11.

Start with that first.

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Posted on Nov 22, 2008

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