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My New CD300!

I am now the proud new owner of Sony's CD300 camera, and let me tell you I AM IN LOVE! I am not a pro photographer by any means; but this camera is excellent. My first camera was an FD-73, and then I had a P-50; both of which I sold to purchase my new CD300. It has the best of all features--a great megapixel rating for crisp, clear (and large) images, a storage media that can be used in anyone's computer without drivers etc., and a nice big LCD screen! I have a question, though, for those of you out there who have been doing this a lot longer than me... I have been to numberous websites and still can't make this sink into my brain; can someone please explain to me how I can take advantage of manual aperture and shutter adjustments, and how exactly the OEV setting works? I took about a dozen pictures yesterday, and then jacked up the OEV one notch brighter, and it made a 100% difference in making the picture better... but I just don't understand how it works. Thanks so much, guys! - Susan

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Re: My New CD300!

I'm not sure I totally understand your question, but anyway, it is my understanding the 0EV is the exposure setting the camera "thinks" is best for your aperature and shutter speed. If you put it on M and then adjust the shutter speed or aperatuer or both, the 0EV will change telling you that you are either over exposing or under exposing your pic with those settings. You can then adjust it back down to 0 by fiddling with the aperature or shutter again, depending on shooting conditions and goals for the shot. As you have discovered the 0EV isn't always the best setting for a given shot. Add-on lenses and filters will throw it off as will other things. I haven't yet mastered when to set it other than 0 for a given shot, so if I have time I will take several shots at different exposures for any given settings. You can accomplish this quickly using the exposure bracket. Hope this helps, and any of you experts out there feel free to correct me or add to this!

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Re: My New CD300!

EV stands for exposure value. An indication of 0EV is what the camera thinks the correct exposure should be. If the EV becomes a positive number it means the camera thinks the image is overexposed by that amount (+1=1 stop, +2=2 stops overexposed etc) A negative value means the camera thinks the image is under exposed. I have a 707 and find the I prefer the images from it at -0.3EV, so if you're happy with the setting you have now, I say stick with it.

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