The Missing Program Mode

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Fogel70 Senior Member • Posts: 1,286
Re: The Missing Program Mode

TacticDesigns wrote:

Fogel70 wrote:

TacticDesigns wrote:

Wheatfield7 wrote:

My Pentax has user configurable shooting modes.

Problem solved for me.


I wish that would solve it for me.

But it doesn't look like there is a camera out there that operates the way I am looking for it to operate.

I asked if anyone knew of a camera with this post . . .

Take care & Happy Shooting!

I can get my Pentax cameras to work that way. They do not have user programmable program modes, but they have selectable program lines for different scenarios, FI one program line is called MTF in which the camera prioritize sharpest apertures.

By using program mode with progran shift together with below setting the shutter speed will be kept fast and the program shift basically only control aperture.

Use "sports" program line for the camera to prioritize fast shutter speed independent of focal length.

Use auto iso and set auto iso parameter to "normal" or "fast" for auto iso to switch to higher iso on faster shutter speeds.

Not sure if all brand can be set up this way, but Nikon has the minimum shutter speed setting for auto iso that probably can be used for this.

But the main problem with this is the metering, as you want a metering that meters a small portion of the scene. So you need to either use spot metering off the faces or use face detection that only meters off the detected faces.


Thanks for the post.

I am a Pentaxian, but I am very skeptical that what I am asking for can be achieved with the current programming of the Pentax dSLR cameras.

I want to pick exposure manually.

f/4, 1/500, ISO 6400

I can achieve this easily with my f/2.8 zoom lenses as the lens is able to keep f/4 throughout the entire zoom range.

But I can't do this in manual exposure mode with my Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens because as I zoom out on my superzoom lens, the aperture drops to f/5.6.

What I want the camera to do is something pretty simple.

What you suggest could end up really complex and end up really difficult to handle.

If you instruct the camera to only use a limited set of exposure setting, what would happen if light change and those settings no longer work? It would end up really messy if you then have to re-program the settings every time light change. Or if you want increase DOF or other exposure parameters?

In your scenario it might be better to give more control to the photographer instead of more automation to the camera. FI using spot metering in manual mode and when aperture change you just adjust after what light meter says

On my Pentax cameras metering is connected to a button in manual mode. So it is only a button press to get the camera to adjust exposure setting.

As the aperture closes down to f/5.6, I want the camera to increase the ISO value so that although less light is coming in because of the smaller ratio of the aperture, I end up with a JPG that is the same brightness because the camera is increasing ISO to brighten up the picture to the same level.

What would the exact set-up of the Pentax dSLR be to achieve this without using any auto exposure mode.

If the camera automatically adjust exposure, you are in auto exposure mode. What you want is an auto exposure mode, but one that is disconnected from the metering in the camera.

Take care & Happy Shooting!

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