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Camera and light meter confusion

How do I convert the exposure from exposure meter to my camera? For instance, on my light meter it ranges from .2 to 50, and on my camera the exposure is 1/4x all the way to 4x.

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  • lilmidgetnsh Jul 30, 2010

    Does that still apply to a Pentax LX Titanium SLR? I also don't know how to take off that image, because my questions about the pentax LX Titanium don't relate to the digital cam.

  • lilmidgetnsh Jul 30, 2010

    I am actually a photographer beginner. So I have no idea what I'm doing. I don't know why there is an extra exposure dial on my camera. Wouldn't it be easier if is was already apart of the camera. Hopefully that made sense.

  • lilmidgetnsh Jul 30, 2010

    So I kind of get how to take pictures. I self learned about ISO/ASA, aperture, and speed. And throw in light as well. But the things that are complicated is exposure. And most of all I don't get where everything is on my camera. There are few book, nothing on my camera manuals online, and I can't get someone to teach me that knows how. If someone had my camera could they please make a video tutorial. Just thought I'd give it a try.

  • lilmidgetnsh Jul 31, 2010

    ty but uh i already have the actual manual. i'm sorry it's just that it was hard for me to understand and I felt it didn't have enough information on it.

  • lilmidgetnsh Aug 01, 2010

    Brilliant now why didn't I think of that. Thank You!!!



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Why are you using a light meter with a point-and-shoot camera?

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  • Ty Price Jul 30, 2010

    I envy you for having an LX. What a great camera that was! It has an incredible light meter aimed at the focal plane. Why do you want to use an external meter?

  • Ty Price Jul 31, 2010

    If you copy and paste the following address into your browser, it will take you to the Pentax site where you can download a copy of the LX owner's manual to your computer.

  • Ty Price Jul 31, 2010

    If you google the words "how to use an SLR film camera", you will find some very informative sites.



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