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  • HELP! Exposure meter in viewfinder

    Hi,

    I bought a Olympus Evolt E-420 with a zuiko 14-42mm lens from amazon last week and I am trying to learn about the camera as much as I can. One thing I am noticing now is that the exposure compensation meter is not showing up on the viewfinder. I remember seeing it on the very first day I tried the camera. After fiddling with several settings, I am not seeing the exposure compensation meter. It is only available in the live view on the LCD. I looked into the manual and I could not find how to get this work. Can some one help?

    Thanks,
    Balaji.

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    Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

    If it's like the E-410 the viewfinder shows the exposure compensation value rather the bar display on the rear LCD. And you can't use exposure compensation in certain modes.
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    • #3
      Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

      Thanks for your reply. I know that the exposure compensation will not be available in Manual and scene modes. The problem is, I have seen a vertical exposure compensation bar in the viewfinder initially, and I am not seeing it now. If possible, I prefer to use the meter from viewfinder instead of from the live view, to save some battery juice.

      Thanks,
      Balaji.

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      • #4
        Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

        Hey Balaji - welcome to FTU!

        To adjust exposure compensation while viewing through the viewfinder, you need to press the exposure compensation button (near the shutter release). This will illuminate the exposure compensation information in the viewfinder, mid-right. The display will show + or - and the compensation in EVs. If you press the exposure compensation button and the info doesn't light upn in the viewfinder, I'd guess there will be a fault with your camera. You can't use live view at the same time as the viewfinder. The same readout works for manual exposure adjustment as an exposure meter indicator.

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        • #5
          Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

          Thanks Ian. I am seeing the exposure compensation value with the + or - sign in the viewfinder when I press the exposure compensation button. The liveview on the LCD panel displays the bar. I thought I saw the exposure compensation bar in the viewfinder at one point in time, but may be I was wrong.

          I have one more question on the exposure meter. For normal day light and low light situations, I can use the exposure meter and take a picture when the meter value hits 0. What to do in case of using an external flash? I don't think exposure meter will be useful in that case. Is there a way to estimate the correct exposure when using an external flash with my E-420? I am thinking of buying Vivitar Viv-Df-183 flash or Olympus FL-36R or Metz MZ 36352OPL 36 AF-5 from amazon , but still doing some home work.

          Vivitar seems to be the cheapest though.

          Thanks,
          Balaji.

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          • #6
            Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

            I am making an assumption that all these flash units are compatible with the Olympus TTL dedicated flash system. That means the flash will pre-flash and this will be metered by the camera, through the lens, before the final exposure-making flash takes place. In TTL Auto mode, as long as your subject is prominent and there isn't too much surrounding darkness, the TTL auto system should work well. If not, you can adjust the flash power output by using flash compensation adjustment. This is a mode on the LCD super control panel under the flash mode but I can't see how this can be adjusted with visual indicator in the viewfinder.

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            • #7
              Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

              By the way - if you do end up ordering from Amazon - please consider using our Amazon shop - I will add the Vivitar and Metz units if they aren't in the flash section already although you can search for items we haven't specifically featured:

              http://fourthirds-user.com/buyers_guide.php

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              • #8
                Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

                It's not letting me add the Vivitar to our shop for some reason but here is a direct link:

                http://astore.amazon.com/ftu_us-20/detail/B002WCGQJ8

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                • #9
                  Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

                  Not having much luck this morning! Amazon US doesn't want us to include the Metz in our shop either - but here is a direct link:

                  http://astore.amazon.com/ftu_us-20/detail/B004Q9SXU0

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                  • #10
                    Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

                    Thanks, these flashes are compatible with the Olympus Evolt E420, but I don't think vivitar supports TTL. I am still doing some reading to understand more terms, so it will be couple of weeks before I buy any of these.

                    Another question, if I order from FTU amazon eshop, will it be shipping from UK or US?

                    Thanks,
                    Balaji.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Exposure meter in viewfinder

                      Originally posted by pnbalaji View Post
                      Thanks, these flashes are compatible with the Olympus Evolt E420, but I don't think vivitar supports TTL. I am still doing some reading to understand more terms, so it will be couple of weeks before I buy any of these.

                      Another question, if I order from FTU amazon eshop, will it be shipping from UK or US?

                      Thanks,
                      Balaji.
                      The feedback on Amazon suggests the Vivitar is TTL-compatible but I can't verify that.

                      If you are in the US you should be seeing the US version of our Amazon Shop, with pricing in US dollars - please let me know if that is not the case. The US shop is Amazon US and so shipping will be within the US.

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