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how is the metering on the xpan 1 with the 45mm lens?
i have read that the xpan seems to underexpose by 1 stop on negatives and 1/2 stop for positives
is this true?
any recommendations for usage?
the compensation dial can only do +- 1/2stops
many thanks all!
Well I can't give direct experience with the XPAN1, but my XPAN2 gives excellent metering & exposures in A mode, but only on shutter speeds over 1/2 second. Meter can't be trusted below that as all is well underexposed.
I also found my Xpan 1 unreliable for longer exposures.
XPan2 isn't to be relied on for long exposures, as the 2eme poster pointed out - assuming the 1 is the same.
I normally carry an SLR / light meter with me to get an approx, and then either bracket or shoot over
For shooting under normal conditions, I've found the meter to be right on.
However, I find that it underexposes both @ night, and @ elevation. Get above 5,000' and everything starts going dark......:bang:
I have experienced underexposure with my XPAN 1. Most shots are correctly exposed, but every so often, they are underexposed for no apparent reason. I do not use long exposure times, as I shoot at handholdable speeds, 1/30 and shorter. I haven't kept records to be able to know when I shot on aperture prioity, and when on manual. But when shooting on manual, I do go by the built-in meter, adjusting to get the center dot to light while pointing at a medium reflectance area. OTOH I have never gotten an overexposure with this camera. Could it be that the camera is a little biased toward underexposure; and we should set the film speed one step lower than the box speed? I wonder.
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