dc.watch about K10D exposure errors with K/M lenses

Started Feb 5, 2007 | Discussions thread
Jan Moren Veteran Member • Posts: 3,745
Re: dc.watch about K10D exposure errors with K/M lenses

blende8 wrote:


I would like to read a good translation!
Bablefish just isn't good enough here.
Even A-lenses show errors.

Could someone please extract the essence for us?

Basically, what they seem to be saying is that as you stop down, light comes from different angles. The focusing screen diffuses that light to some extent, but bright focusing screens diffuse the light less than older screens (that's why they're brighter). So the light that gets to the sensor is not actually directly proportional to the light that will hit the sensor anymore.

The camera needs to compensate for this, and it can do so as long as it knows the actual aperture and focal length but with manual lenses, or lenses off the "A" setting it has no clue, and thus the measurement comes out wrong. In addition, modern lenses tell the camera much more detail about themselves, like where in the light path the aperture is located, which improves precision further. They note that other makers tend to deal with this by disabling metering altogether.

In addition, this seems to be the reason you can't use any other metering mode than center weighted with manual lenses; the off-center sensors get even larger errors than the central one, and basically become useless.

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