Light Meter Problem?
I have a Nikon 4004S. I didn't know where to post this, and being a noob, I assumed it might fit under the "F4" category, becuase the model number starts with "4", although I am sure the two models are not alike at all.
Anyways, I recently inherited my 4004 from my parents, and have been using it for photography class. However, after shooting and developing my first roll of Kodak B&W ISO400 film, I noticed all of my pictures were grossly overexposed.
I know how to use my light meter, and handle aperture/shutter speed setting. Every picture I took was according to correct exposure as indicated by my light meter ("O" symbol showing).
What could be the cause of this? Is this due to my light meter, or the camera not being set at the right filmspeed? I was under the impression that the 4004 automatically detects and adjusts for filmspeed automatically, as there is no apparent way to set it manually.
#2. "RE: Light Meter Problem?" | In response to Reply # 0dave_gt Basic MemberSun 16-Nov-08 12:45 PM | edited Sun 16-Nov-08 12:47 PM by dave_gt
Welcome to our little world. First of all, let me congratulate you on taking a photo class. Make sure you take as many as you can and you will be very happy with your growth over time.
Also, congratulations on the 4004s. It is a great camera and I have had mine since they came out years ago. I have used this camera for everything from family snapshots to professional coverage of events and even had a few published. I have had this camera on my travels to Europe, Hawaii, etc. It has never failed and produces great images.
It sounds like you are getting the "0" led light when you match the aperture and shutter speeds so it may be that you are having a little difficulty with the centerweighted meter. If the 12mm circle is predominantly covering dark areas, then the lighter areas will tend to be blown out. You can use the AEL autoexposure lock button to compensate for that.
If you have the 59 page manual, it will explain how to use it, or just ask your class instructor. BTW, my latest cameras have a 300 page+ manual!
Oh, almost forgot, the 4004s is a great camera and I still use it at family gatherings because it does a really good job, if a bit slow compared to my F5, D2H, D2X, etc. It really works well with the AF lens set to MF as well. You will find a bit more discussion, but not much, in the Autofocus forum. Seems that this neat camera has gotten lost in time but I still love it.
#3. "RE: Light Meter Problem?" | In response to Reply # 0sillyconguru Registered since 30th Oct 2005Tue 18-Nov-08 06:49 PM
Were you using just one lens? If so, remove it from the camera and check that the aperture diaphragm blades are closing properly.
Flick the aperture stop-down lever on the back of the lens whilst the aperture ring is set to minimum (i.e. f22), the blades should 'snap' open and shut.