D7100 exposure accuracy?

Started Mar 4, 2014 | Discussions thread
Buzz Lightyear
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Re: Still not the case

Mako2011 wrote:

Buzz Lightyear wrote:

Mako2011 wrote:

Buzz Lightyear wrote:

Mako2011 wrote:

Yes. Certainly possible he doesn't no how EC works and can't understand the icons in the viewfinder that would indicate EC has been applied. Along the same lines of your suggestion, he should also be sure he hasn't changed the default brightness level in the picture control he is using. based on his follow on description of the issue...that's as likely a fix as any

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Problem is . . . there are no icons in the viewfinder indicating a change in exposure compensation has been made until you push the button I am talking about.

Not true as the "meter" will now show up (with flashing "zero") if you have exposure comp set. The meter will now show the direction of EC as well as the EC -/+ Icon. Page 86 in your manual shows what it looks like. In manual exposure mode you don't get the flashing "zero"...I think...but still get the -/+ ICON With EC set to zero...the meter isn't there unless proper exposure can't me maintained.

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The meter shows flashing "zero" only if "On" or "On(Auto reset)" is selected in b3.

still not the case. Setting menu b3 to On or On (Auto reset) means you get the flashing zero all the time. That does not mean the "+/-" Icon in the viewfinder that lights when EC is set to other that "zero" is disabled. You will always have an indication in the viewfinder when EC is enabled via the Button...regardless of menu b3 setting. With b3 set to "off" the flashing "zero" and presence of the meter is a secondary indication EC is set to something other than zero via the button on top. Try it and see when the -/+ EC indicator Icon in the viewfinder is missing

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Ah ha! Well, I don't know if this discussion has been instructive for the OP, but it sure has been for me. So here's what I've discovered (Mako - I'm sure you'll chime in if any of this is incorrect):

First of all, you won't see any flashing "0" in Manual (M) mode (which I always use, so that was the first confusion); it only appears in P,S,A.

Secondly, the exposure meter is always displayed in M mode, not matter what setting is in b3. However, if you turn it to "Off", the exposure meter will not appear in P,S,A modes - UNLESS you have any value other than 0.0 set with the exposure compensation button, or the camera cannot set a viable exposure (maybe need flash, aperture opening or ISO that is unavailable for some reason).

Thirdly, the "+/-" box icon will always appear in the viewfinder if exposure compensation is set to any value other than 0.0 with the button.

Bottom line (if the OP is still interested) . . . it is still advisable to see if somehow you have unknowingly modified your exposure compensation button to determine if that is effecting your exposures.

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