K5 under-exposing


Link Posted 05/01/2012 - 16:49
Just started to use seriously for the first time the K5 that I got in November. I'm finding that I consistently need to use +0.3 or 0.7 exposure correction. Is this unusual? Apologies in advance if it's been discussed already, but I did check the forum.


Link Posted 05/01/2012 - 17:21
Generally speaking Pentax always seems to have slightly conservative metering, though this is less prevalent with the K5 than in earlier K-series models I've used. A small adjustment to suit your taste is nothing to be worried about.

If you're still using just the kit lens then you may find that adjustment varies as you add other lenses to your collection. I have lenses of various brands and have learnt when attaching them to dial in -0.7 comp for one, +0.3 for another etc.



Link Posted 05/01/2012 - 17:28
Very often it's the lenses that transmit different amounts
of light. Just test each one or use the histogram to set the
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Link Posted 06/01/2012 - 10:19
It would be helpful to know what settings you are using and see some examples.
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Link Posted 06/01/2012 - 13:12
Personally I perfer the camera to underexpose slightly. With digital it's easy to get more information from the shadows but blown highlights are gone forever.
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