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Old 28-10-2006, 06:11   #1 (permalink)
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Question camera settings dilema

at the moment i am currently using a minolta srt super slr film camera with 400 speed film but i am having a bit of trouble with the correct settings i am supposed to be using. if someone can please help me on this it will be greatly appresiated. all photos i am taking are turning out very dark, trying to play with the settings but am getting frustrated
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Sorry jinxy, can't help...you'll have to wait for film buff to come along.
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Re: camerasettings delema

Good to see a 30 year old camera still in action. The SR-T Super is probably regarded as the best in the Minolta SR-T range.

Not sure how much you know about photograpghy so forgive me if I am stating the obvious. A few points:

>The 400 ISO film is what I would recommend, this is improved by using kodak for colour and Ilford for B/W.

>Make sure the ISO dial on top of the camera is set to the correct ISO setting.

>When checking exposure with the "exposure control needle" I would always keep this about 1 stop over the correct exposure as a general rule. If taking sunsets etc have it about 3 stops below.

>New type batteries can make the Camera fuctions under perform, this would have to be checked by a dealer. Easy to find on the web.

There should be not much more to it than that as this camera should give some great results.

One thing I always do when using a old manual camera for this first time is:

1.Have a 400 ISO film 24 exp.

2.Pick three subjects - indoors, low light outside, bright light outside.

3.take 8 photos in each condition and record all your exposures

When you have the photos back you should find about 3-4 prints of each set of 8 are at the correct exposure, this then gives you a guideline range of settings to use under different conditions.

Hope this helps, Cotter
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Re: camerasettings delema

my dad collects old cameras and thought i could give it a good home. i have found that the 400 ISO film has so far given the best results. i think that taking photos with the different exposures is a great idea.
i am going to give that a try, thankyou cotter for being of help
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