Minolta XTSI consistently underexposes pictures. Help!

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by jennycarolynshaw, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. I have a Minolta XTSI (28-80mm, Minolta) that consistently underexposes
    indoor and outdoor photos with or without flash. The pictures have an
    overall grayish tone to them. As I am a reacreational/novice
    photographer, I let the camera set everything automatically (film
    speed, aperture, shutter speed). The film speed is always set
    correctly.

    Any recommendations for troubleshooting? I have thought about pulling
    the film (set camera at 200 for 400 ISO film), or manually adjusting
    the f-stop from the recommended, prior to each picture.

    Thank you in advance.
     
    jennycarolynshaw, Apr 4, 2005
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  2. jennycarolynshaw

    Michael Guest

    Is your exposure compensation feature inadvertantly activated? Look
    for a button or knob marked +/-. If the setting, either on the knob,
    the LCD screen on top the camera or below/beside the image in the
    viewfinder show the marker anywhere to the left of or below zero, then
    that is your problem. Consult your camera's owner's manual to find out
    how to adjust exposure compensation; set it back at zero. I am not
    familiar with your particular camera, but the overall operation of this
    feature is fairly universal on all cameras which have it. Has your
    camera always underexposed images? If so, then it may be a metering
    error - either yours or the camera meter's.

    Michael
     
    Michael, Apr 4, 2005
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    Tony Guest

    Try a run of three or four shots going with the metered reading then plus 1
    plus 2 and plus 3 if possible. Do this with an entire roll making sure each
    "set" is unique and easy to tell from the others. You could do one set of
    Junior in the back yard, then one of the dog in front, etc. Use flash on
    some sets too.
    Then take it to a real photo-lab instead of a drug store or Wally World.
    Ask them to do straight prints from the entire roll.
    Compare and decide if and how much compensation you need for correct
    exposure - and most importantly - if you need the same amount in each
    situation. Then use the exposure compensation dial (if you have one) or
    reset the ISO -- for one stop set 200 for 400 speed film, two stops is 100,
    three is 50. If you need more than three stops compensation it is time to
    get the camera fixed.
     
    Tony, Apr 4, 2005
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  4. The replies are great. Last, if bracketing, meter adjustments dont work,
    you may have the camera professionally cleaned, (mirror fog) if it has been
    left idle or in other harmful enviroments. Did you change lenses too?
     
    Jeffrey Brown via PhotoKB.com, Apr 5, 2005
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  5. jennycarolynshaw

    Guest Guest

    The pictures have an
    Don't look at the prints. The minilab operator or computer tries to even
    out the exposure of under- or overexposed negatives. A very wide range of
    exposures on print film will make prints that look 'ok'.

    Look at the negatives. Are they 'thin', almost clear? If the negatives are
    almost clear, the problem is underexposure. This could give 'grayish'
    prints.

    Or, are the negatives very dark? This is overexposure. Prints often look
    'ok' until the overexposure exceeds 3 or 4 stops.

    --Pete
     
    Guest, Apr 6, 2005
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