Beowulf From Singapore, joined Jul 2003, 730 posts, RR: 14 Posted (8 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2897 times:
I am asking for some advice what to do about a camera of mine. With my SLR cameras I have not gone digital and do not plan to do so any time soon. A few years ago, I bought a used Olympus OM-20 while being in France on a semester-abroad program because I had traded one of my planned courses for a photography course and thus didn't have a proper camera with me. When I use color negative film, one doesn't see any problems because the printing machines in the stores adjust a photographer's mistake. However, when I use b/w negative film, where I do the prints myself, or color positive film, it becomes evident that the pictures are all overexposed. Since I have an OM-2, as well, and the OM-20 was just a quick and cheap buy (now I know why ), I haven't cared a lot about this issue. Then a few months ago, I found a small, but long established, camera repair shop and brought my OM-20 there to have it checked. The guy told me that the electronic device which measures the light is broken and cannot be repaired since Olympus doesn't have any spare parts left.
Overall, I am not shedding tears over the camera, but I wonder what I shall do with it now. I thought of selling it on eBay, mentioning that it had this defect. Any suggestions or ideas?
Set aperture priority on the camera. Set your chosen aperture (say f8). Look at what shutter speed the camera gives you. Increase that speed by one stop. If photos are still over-exposed, increase speed by half a stop. Or, if photos are under-exposed, reduce speed by half a stop.
If you use shutter priority, the same procedure applies, just increase or decrease the aperture while keeping the same shutter speed. Remember, one stop of aperture equals one stop of shutter speed.
You may need to do this a few times, varying the exposure compensation by one or two stops up or down, until you get it right.
Once you get it right, apply that amount of exposure compensation to all your photos.
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