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Internal LED inside camera.

There is a problem with the LED reading inside my vivitar v3800N. It usually varies between being all (+) or all (-) in the same conditions. When the lens cap is on, and I look inside, the readings jump. With this the pictures on the film don't process (probably because the camera isn't set to the correct aperture). With me being a beginner in photography clas I depend heavily on this function.

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Try using an external light meter.

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