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Metering in manual or Aperture Priority

I have the Epson 3000z, I always use it in manual or Aperture priority. When I am metering the subject (pressing shutter button halfway) It will not display(for recommended exposure) a shutter speed less then 1/2 second, no matter what f-stop I use. This would be for low light long exposures, 1- 8 seconds. Is this what others have found or is it a defect?

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Re: Metering in manual or Aperture Priority

I have found with this camera that when you set the aperture and shutter speed in manual it will display recommended settings and not the settings you had just set. But when the picture is taken and you display the settings in software that the camera used, it actually uses the settings you set and not the ones displayed on the camera. I think the settings displayed are recommended settings. Very strange! Also the camera changes settings on zooming.

Posted on Sep 13, 2005

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You will need to read the manual. I f you have a basic understanding of how ISO, shutterspeed & Aperture width combine to determine the 'right exposure.

Try this:
Set the camera to Av (aperture priority mode). Half press the shutter button and see the light meter indicator to see how well exposed your shot will be. For most cases you would be aiming for a value of 0 (properly exposed). The metering mode determines what part of the frame is used to compute the correct amount of light. For starters begin with pattern metering. Try and aim for a shutter speed of 1/125 or more if you are using the 17-55 mm EF-S f3/5-f5.6. Try and shoot at 40 mm F/5.6 (in Av mode this can be set by rotating the dial near the shutter button.
All the best

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Display Optical Viewfinder Yes Optical VF Type Optical LCD Viewfinder Yes LCD Size (inches) 1.5 Power Battery Form Factor 2 x AA or 1 x CR-V3 Usable Battery Types Alk. / Lithium disposable, NiMH rechargeable Batteries Included 2 x AA Alkaline disposable Battery Charger Included No Flash Internal Flash Yes No of Flash Modes 4 Flash Modes Automatic, Fill (On), Off, Red-eye reduction Flash Range Description Unknown Ext Flash No Connectivity Video Out Yes Video Mode Switchable Yes External Connections USB 1.1 Other Connection DC In Included Software Unknown OS Compatibility Windows, MacOS Image Storage Usable Memory Types SD/MMC Other Memory Types Built In (8MB) Memory Included (MB) 8.0 Uncompressed Format None CCD Raw Format No Compressed Format JPEG (EXIF 2.1) Movie File Format MotionJPEG (AVI) Image Capture Image Resolution 1280x1024, 640x480 Movie Resolution 320x240 Aspect Ratio 4:3 CCD Sensor (Megapixels) 1.30 CCD Manufacturer Unknown CMOS Movie Audio No Quality Levels 3 Lens Digital Zoom Yes Digital Zoom Values 2x Auto Focus No Manual Focus No Normal Focus Range 120 cm to Infinity
49.0 in to Infinity Max Aperture f/3.0 Aperture Range Description f/3.0 Lens Thread Type None Exposure Number of White Balance Settings 5 White Balance Settings Auto, Sun, Shade, Fluorescent, Tungsten Manual White Balance No Longest Shutter Time 1/20 Shortest Shutter Time 1/2500 Exp Adj Range 1.5 EV Exp Adj Step Size 0.30 EV Metering Modes Auto Spot Metering No Aperture Priority No Shutter Priority No Full Manual Exposure No Self Timer 10 seconds General Model Number 3315 Camera Format Compact Currently Manufactured No Retail Price $99.00 Street Price $105.00 Price Update Date 2003-10-07 Date Available 2002-07-22 Remote Control No Tripod Mount Material Unknown Operating System Windows, MacOS Weight 120 g
4.2 oz Weight With Batteries? No Size 108 x 59 x 36 mm
4.3 x 2.3 x 1.4 in Warranty in Months 12

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Images too dark or too bright


Metering has gone on the .Can you set the camera to Aperture priority or speed priority?Set to either permanently if you cane then you should get a standard exposure. The inside shots may appear dark, but all the information is there and a treak in an image editor will brighten them up. Cant do the same for too bright images though if they burnout then that's it. a repair is not likely got a birthday any time soon Got some one that luvs you enough to buy you the next one.?

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Aperture priority only in manual mode?


Yes. You pick the apature (the 3000 keeps it aorund the setting you pick) and then it automaticly adjusts the speed for you.

Sep 13, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Digital Camera

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Spot metering on the Epson 3000z


The spot meter area is small because I have photographed 2 people side by side many times, focused on ones chest then found that the "spot" had slipped into the little space between them, the bad focus not really showing up when I checked the LCD. (My eyes are old and so are my glasses.) Got home and found useless pictures. Sometimes I was outdoors in the sun and couldnt check the LCD. Some of the threads say the focus spot is "off center" with no acccurate way of finding it when using the viewfinder. I take some beautiful, wonderful pictures but these errors really tear me up. I've got to get the LCD box viewer with the 2x lens viewer I guess. All those years as a 35mm Canon F1 user I would long for a spot meter almost daily. Now I see that a matrix meter AND a spot is the real choice. I hope eventually to learn to outwit my 3000Z because it does give me such excellent pictures. Sometimes there is noise on a face, sometimes it is the focus and at functions it is so embarassing to ask a principal subject to wait because the *** or ***H procedures take so long. A wedding, other than the reception, would be near impossible in *** or higher. Good Luck, Dav.

Sep 13, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Digital Camera

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Aperture Priority Mode - an undocumented feature


In addition to the "quirks" of the Landscape and Aperture Priority Modes (neither mode works as documented!)..... The camera also behaves differently in full Manual Mode (it changes the settings, whether you want it to or not to compensate for available light)... At lower Zoom Levels, the camera will adjust the Shutter Speed Only, to try and compensate for available light... For example: with the Camera preset to F5.6 Aperture, and 1/48 sec. shutter speed, the camera will adjust the shutter speed between a range of 1/30 to 1/291 sec, to try and "auto expose" the shot for lower or higher light levels, even though you're in manual mode. At an Aperture Setting of 2.8 and 1/48 of a second, the number of internal steps in shutter speed the camera is willing to take, increases dramatially - for example: shutter speeds up to 1/600 of a second, even though you have the shutter set to 1/48 in manual mode. The camera WILL NOT attempt to adjust the Aperture to compensate for proper exposure in available light (OR WILL IT??).... It depends on your Zoom settings! It won't if your're near to full wide angle, but IT WILL if you are using the Zoom. Once you cross some unknown zoom threshold (it doesn't have to be at full zoom), then the camera begins to change both the Aperture and Shutter speed to compensate for available light, even though you are in "Full Manual", versus Auto Exposure Mode. In Manual Mode, (as in Aperture Priority Mode), the amount of change the camera is willing to make to your settings, appears to be related to a preset number of internal steps, with the number of steps dependent on both Aperture and Zoom Settings, before it gives an EV Warning for Over or Under Exposure conditions.... The type (shutter speed only for wide angle, shutter and aperture for zoom) and amount (number of internal "steps" it takes to increase/decrease shutter speed and increase or decrease aperture), is dependent on the amount of zoom you are using for the current shot.

Sep 13, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Digital Camera

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Shutter priority mode?


s I understand it from what I have seen on the Web, the 3000Z can operate in several modes: 1. Fully automatic (camera select both 2. Manual (user sets both aperture and shutter speed). 3. Aperture Priority mode - user sets aperture and camera chooses correct shutter speed to get a good exposure Apparently there is no Shutter Priority mode (user cannot set only the shutter er speed and allow the camera to set the aperature to get a good exposure). This option is available on the Epson 850Z camera and this seems like a silly ommision to make on a "high-end" camera like the 3000Z.

Sep 13, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Digital Camera

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Why do my pictures look too dark?


You may need to use the flash. Make sure the setting is not flash off. If you're using the flash, make sure your subject is within the range of 14 feet for wide angle shots or 11 feet for telephoto shots. Use Image Expert to adjust the picture's brightness and contrast. Try adjusting the camera's exposure or sensitivity settings (use the Manual user mode). If you're taking pictures in the Manual user mode, look for the EV! warning that appears on your LCD screen when you are taking pictures out of the ideal exposure range. If you have trouble setting both the aperture and shutter speed manually, try adjusting the aperture and letting the camera choose the shutter speed with Aperture Priority mode. If you're using the macro mode to take a close-up photo, be sure to provide adequate lighting for your subject. If you're taking a picture at night and you want to light up the background as well as your subject, use the camera's slow synchronized flash mode. If you need more light, attach an optional external flash to the camera's hot shoe.

Sep 12, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Digital Camera

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What should I do if the picture is blurry or out of focus?


Make sure your subject is within the camera's range. You should be at least 20 inches away to take a picture without the flash, and 20 inches to 8 feet away to take a picture with the flash. You can take a picture as close as 8 inches in macro mode (2.3" zoomed to wide). When you take macro close-ups, make sure you have adequate lighting (with the flash disabled). Using a tripod will help you capture sharp pictures. Make sure you hold the camera steady after you press the shutter button (until the red light starts to flash), and your subject isn't moving. If you are shaking the camera when you lock the focus, a warning icon appears in the right corner of the LCD. If you want to photograph a moving subject, you can change the shutter speed while the camera is connected to your computer. On the PhotoPC 3000z you can also use Program (Sports Mode) or Manual (Shutter Priority) to increase the shutter speed. Make sure your flash is not set to flash off. When you focus on a nearby object, your picture's background may appear blurry. Try changing your focus.

Sep 12, 2005 | Epson PhotoPC 3000Z Digital Camera

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Program mode


MTF stands for "Modulation Transfer Function" ... It's a somewhat arcane name for one type of testing methodology used in modern lens analysis. The *ist D's MTF priority program mode sets the "best" aperture to use for a given ISO setting and meter reading based upon lens information encoded in the latest FA series lenses. Earlier series lenses do not include MTF information in their communication with the camera so I suspect it defaults to Normal program mode when non-FA lenses are used.

Sep 08, 2005 | Pentax *ist D Digital Camera

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