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Exposure; manual film camera.


rodyates 12 14
17 Oct 2008 8:04PM
Hi all,
Question. I've just aquired a Nikon FM2, my first manual film camera. The built in exposure meter reads either a "+" for over exposed, a "-" for under exposed or a "o" for correct exposure. Some times, however, you can only get a "+" and a "o", or a "-" and a "o". So, is it better to slightly under, or over-expose with film?
Thanks,

Rod.
joolsb 16 27.1k 38 Switzerland
17 Oct 2008 8:11PM
That depends on the film. If you're using slide film then a shade over is generally recommended (around 1/2 a stop). For negative film, the reverse is true (but then you have a lot more latitude anyway).
rodyates 12 14
17 Oct 2008 8:17PM
Thanks Jools, yes its negative film (at the moment)
StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
18 Oct 2008 2:27AM
The dynamic range it's indicating might have something to do with the max aperture of the lens you're using with that camera. If you have the manual, have a look. If not, download it in PDF format.
StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
18 Oct 2008 3:02AM

Quote:max aperture


I meant minmum aperture, sorry.
rodyates 12 14
18 Oct 2008 9:10PM
Thanks straycat, I'll check it out.
TomRiddle 13 50 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 10:38PM

Quote:The dynamic range it's indicating might have something to do with the max aperture of the lens you're using with that camera. If you have the manual, have a look.


WTF is that supposed to mean?


To the OP; slight overexposure is generally considered better for negative film, slight underexposure is better for transparencies.
StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
19 Oct 2008 12:13AM

Quote:WTF is that supposed to mean?


Far too complicated for you, I'm afraid.
SandyMiller 15 932 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 12:17PM

Quote:If you're using slide film then a shade over is generally recommended (around 1/2 a stop). For negative film, the reverse is true



Quote:slight overexposure is generally considered better for negative film, slight underexposure is better for transparencies


Just in case you weren't confused enough as it is Tongue
landandlight 15 46 Scotland
19 Oct 2008 12:26PM
If you're using slide film then a shade over is generally recommended (around 1/2 a stop). For negative film, the reverse is true (but then you have a lot more latitude anyway).Quote this post

Joolsb is right...the rest are talking mince!
spaceman 16 5.3k 3 Wales
19 Oct 2008 6:20PM
Half a stop hardly matters with negative film but if I had to make a choice I'd go for over.

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