View Full Version : Test Photos from Oly with Bad Light Meter--Redux

03-03-2007, 08:03
Hi All,

Some of you may recall my thread from a few weeks ago in which I had bought an XA from an RFF member that arrived with a defective light meter. Seems it consistently overexposed two or three stops. Your helpful comments raised the possibility that of the two light meters, only the one affecting the needle was off, and the the one controlling shutter speed was actually okay. So I finally got around to shooting a test roll.

I shot a roll of Scala slide film with the asa set to compensate for what the needle was telling me. Thus if the other "true" light meter was correct, then the shots would have been two stops underexposed as I was setting 800 asa for true 200 speed film.

To my great surprise and joy, the roll came out great--by my standards, anyway. Sharpness was very good in the center with some noticeable edge softness, but even in very low light the slides look good. And of course Scala helps because it's such nice stuff.

Here are a few of the pics, with a few more in my gallery. The slides are way better due to my poor scanner, but you get a sense of how they turned out, anyway.

Thanks for all your original comments and help.

03-03-2007, 08:26
Strange. Doesn't look much like Oklahoma. :D

Glad it worked out.

03-03-2007, 09:55
We've been in Bordeaux, France on sabbatical for part of this year, so fortunately my test roll was shot in Bordeaux. I also took the camera to Morocco last week and shot two rolls there, looking forward to having those back from the developer later this week.

I had an XA2 a couple of years ago and sold it because it was too soft. The XA is WAY better in that regard.

03-03-2007, 11:18
Get some Reala 100 and shoot some glasses of Bordeaux ... before you drink them down! Salut.

03-04-2007, 07:51
Trius, the wine is indeed excellent in Bordeaux. I can't judge the really good stuff, but there really isn't any "bad" wine even though very inexpensive. I also love going to the local grocery store and walking down the aisle choc full o' wines and hard liquors.