Pentax cameras underexposing.

Started Feb 16, 2011 | Discussions thread
rogerstpierre
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Re: Pentax cameras underexposing.
In reply to CSPronken, Feb 17, 2011

First: one cannot put all camera from a Brand into the same basket, each camera is different.

Second: properly exposed is a relative term, dependent on the intent of the photographer and the camera maker. If one wishes to minimize noise, perhaps you want to shoot slightly over-exposed without burning the lights. On the other hand, if you want deep colors out of the camera, then the contrary, which would look under-exposed. Light and contrast will significantly influence the degree of desirable exposure, and there isn't one fits all solution. Therefore, if you're saying that a camera "under-exposes", this would have to be measured against a reference light-meter. If you do this, in the same conditions using the "spot meter mode", chances are you'll find the Pentax camera metering to be fairly if not very accurate. Then comes the camera's interpretation of the scene though some algorithm will make the exposure decision on your behalf, and then it becomes a matter of taste and preference. Each camera maker choose a different priority, giving the preference to either light or shadows. While an image taken with a given camera may seem "under-exposed" to you, it may actually be the intended result by the designer.

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