Originally Posted by ricpr
Funny...... I just received this very camera in the mail today, except mine has the 45mm 2.8 . I have owned it all of 5 minutes and here I am to ask the very questions that mw asked. For $19 you just can't beat this camera.
Bill, the inner ring also has aperture settings. Any idea how that translates to the EV number? Thanks for all the answers.
If you look down from the top of the camera, you will see f-stops and shutter speeds. The aperture ring has a metal tab that you press down in order to move the aperture ring without moving the shutter speed as well, yes?
Now, while holding the camera as if you were going to take a photo, look where your right hand is. On the side of the lens barrel, same ring as the aperture ring, is another set of numbers. That's the EV numbers. Note a red triangle on the shutter speed ring (this is all at the 3 o'clock position, or 9 o'clock if you are viewing the camera from the front). That's what you line up to make your EV number.
Say you measure the light with the meter on the top of the camera (note the cool flip-up cover - you just press in slightly on the hinge pin and it pops open). You set your ASA (now known as ISO, but the number is the same) and take a reading. You match the needle with the ball, and the red triangle (different red triangle, this one is on top of the ISO dial) tells you your EV number.
Now go back to the side of the camera. Hold in the release tab for the aperture ring and move it until that EV number appears across from the red triangle (the one on the shutter ring). Release the tab.
Now you have correct aperture & speed for the meter - assuming the meter is right after all these years. You can move the shutter speed / aperture ring without pressing in on the tab - this moves both the shutter speed and the aperture together, so faster shutter speeds results in smaller aperture number, and vice-versa. No matter what combination you pick, you have the right exposure.
I use my Gossen Digisix with these cameras because it reads out directly in EV. I then plug in the EV number and I'm set.
Sounds complicated, but takes maybe five seconds.
And it is a sweet little camera. Great lens.