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Judith McGuire

Success with macro work

I shot a roll of Velvia 100 using a 2X tele-converter and a zoom lens 'trying' to do a little macro work with a flower. My entire roll came back almost completely black. I noticed my TTL meter gave me the okay to shoot, although I did notice the needle wavering like it couldn't make up its mind on a number of shots. I'm totally baffled. Plenty of outdoor light, a white backing to reduce shadows, a tripod -- why no pictures? When I used 400 ASA I got pictures. Can't I ever use 100 or less?

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10/13/2003 1:44:06 PM

Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  It may be something as simple as forgetting to change your camera film setting from 400 to 100 after switching rolls. (I've done this myself a few times.)
If your camera has DX Coding...this feature may be malfunctioning.

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10/14/2003 3:24:28 PM

Piper Lehman
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/20/2001
  No kidding, Bob. I think we're all guilty of this mistake at least once. This might explain the wavering of your meter needle, Judith. The camera was searching because it didn't know what the hell you were doing! LOL Chalk it up to a good learning experience and get right back out and reshoot the same stuff. You'll feel much better about yourself, I promise! If you still see problems, I suggest a new camera with a more specific meter guage. I remember the needle thing with my K1000. I can't imagine trying to read that thing now!

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10/16/2003 6:46:01 AM

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