Stylus Epic exposure program and choosing film
Anyone know the program used by the Stylus Epic (the 35mm f/2.8 non-zoom one) in adjusting exposure? I assume it's somewhat like the "P" method on my Nikon N80, where the camera picks both an f/stop and a shutterspeed, with a bias toward picking hand-holdable shutter speeds. But I've not seen any documentation of how a given EV at a given film speed translates into lens opening and shutter speed.
I ask because I'm trying to figure out which film to load for a European tour. I've seen suggestions of using 400 ASA film, with the argument being that otherwise the lens tends to give TOO much weight to using large apertures (or, conversely, to fast shutter speeds); i.e., instead of 1/250 at f/11 on a sunny day with ASA 100, the camera would use 1/1000 at f/5.6. The result is shallow depth of field. Using 400 ASA film, the argument goes, the camera would stop down to 1/1000 at f/11.
However, I've also read that the camera tends to NOT stop down enough when 400 ASA film is used, resulting in overexposed pictures. This writer said to stick with 100 ASA.
So, what's your experience been with this camera?
#1. "RE: Stylus Epic exposure program and choosing film" | In response to Reply # 0grmedhat1 Registered since 24th Mar 2002Mon 17-Jun-02 09:53 PM
Personally I have never had a bad experience with my own Epic. I think they are great little cameras to use on vacations and it has given me consistently good results using either 200 or 400 film. Generally I'll load the faster of the two to increase my flash distance if I plan to shoot indoors, otherwise I stick to 200 film. As for depth of field problems I have never noticed anything bad. I think you'll only have DOF problems at close focusing distances. If I am looking for more control I'll use my F80. Before you leave, I suggest you pretend your a tourist for a day and run a roll of each through your camera and compare the results.
Have a great holiday.
Happy Shooting :)
#2. "RE: Stylus Epic exposure program and choosing film" | In response to Reply # 0sbay Registered since 13th Jun 2002Fri 21-Jun-02 02:43 AM
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#3. "RE: Stylus Epic exposure program and choosing film" | In response to Reply # 0jcwaal Registered since 27th Mar 2002Fri 21-Jun-02 10:17 AM
A few years ago, we went on a bicycling trip in Europe and I only took my Sylus Epic and ISO 200 film. I took pictures inside and outside, in markets and churches and in cloudy days and sunny days. I didn't have any problems. Other than with ultra-closeups, I don't think that you are going to have too much of a problem with DOF. I agree with the previous post - try some different films around your neighborhood and see what you like.
Have a great trip!
#4. "RE: Stylus Epic exposure program and choosing film" | In response to Reply # 0dlminehart Basic MemberFri 21-Jun-02 07:24 PM
One posting I just read gave this interpretation of the auto exposure sequence on the Epic (two different f/stops at each shutter speed exc. 1/1000):
SPEED @ OPENING
4 sec -
1/60 @ f/2.8
1/60 @ f/4
1/125 @ f/4
1/125 @ f/5.6
1/250 @ f/5.6
1/250 @ f/8 (sunny 16, 50 ASA)
1/500 @ f/8 (sunny 16, 100 ASA)
1/500 @ f/11 (sunny 16, 200 ASA)
1/1000 @ f/11 (sunny 16, 400 ASA)
Can anyone confirm this pattern?
The "sunny 16" comments indicate the exposure that'll likely be picked by the camera on a sunny (but not glaringly so) day. Note that your outdoor midday shots are likely to be either f/8 or f/11, with shutter speeds between 1/250 and 1/1000. The 400 ASA film will probably be overexposed when used on the beach or in the snow. Looks to me like the 100-200 ASA would be best for all 'round midday outdoor shots, with the 400 ASA useful for indoor, early or late day outdoor shots.