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Exposure compensation problems

Whenever i use the exposure compensation feature of the e500, it seems to lock in even when i turn it off (the compensation factor). i end up with underexposed pictures. i have to use the camera reset function to be able to meter correctly. resetting is fine except that it means i lose all my custom settings and have to go thru the whole process again.

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Re: exposure compensation problems

The exposure compensation stays where you leave it unless you do a full reset or a custom reset, and except when you're using scene modes. But you don't need to do a reset to cancel out an exposure compensation -- simply use the exposure compensation button to adjust the compensation back to 0.0EV.

Posted on Jan 29, 2008

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