Over-exposure problem with 5D

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  1. jonolikesbuster

    jonolikesbuster TPF Noob!

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    So, I recently purchased a Canon 5D. I like it a lot, but I'm having an issue with it. Whenever on full-auto, P, AV, TV, or, C it over-exposes 1-2 stops. Now, I usually shoot on M because it’s the only way I can get a decent exposure. Now some have told me I should "just shoot on manual forever." I don't want to. I like putting it on AV when I don't have the time to mess with the shutter and aperture. Now, I'm sure you'll all thinking "Well, there's an easy solution for this problem, just compensate a stop or so on the camera." I thought the exact same thing, but therein lies another issue.

    Whenever I shoot, regardless of the mode I'm in, I can’t give an exposure bias at all. I'll give you a step-by-step just to be clear.
    - I shoot and I see the photo is over exposed by about 1-2 stops.
    - I swear and roll my eyes because something that costs so much should work well.
    -I press the exposure compensation button on the top of the camera.
    -I click the wheel so it under exposes a stop.
    -I press the exposure compensation button again to confirm it.
    -I shoot.
    -I repeat first and second steps.

    I would really like to know what's going on. It's really ****ing me off, that it's so screwy. I've heard that the 5D's have had some exposure problems, but I haven't specifically heard about someone having this problem like I do.
    Should I send it in to Canon? I haven't called them yet, I was hoping this issue would just go away, or was something easy to fix.

    Your input would be appreciated.
     
  2. TomHuck-wa

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    I would call them, and if they cant help over the phone, send it in under warranty. My 5D is very adjustable for exposure and compensation.
     
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    That's weird.

    Do you need to press the exposure compensation button a second time to confirm it? I don't have to do that on my 20D, I thought the 5D was very similar.

    Anyway, what is telling you that it's overexposed by 1-2 stops? If you aren't already, you should be looking at the histogram and not the image, to determine exposure. What does it show when you shoot something that is mid toned? Something like a grey card or green grass.

    Are you having problems with all types of scenes? What metering mode are you using?
     
  4. Digital Matt

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    It is possible that your meter is not calibrated correctly, and a simple call to Canon will have it in repair and back to you quickly.

    It may be a problem with your camera, but I'm sorry to say that more often than not, it's user error. What metering mode are you using, and are you educated on how a meter works and how to use it?
     
  5. jonolikesbuster

    jonolikesbuster TPF Noob!

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    I know what I'm doing. When I looked at the histogram the highlights are off the charts as for midtones I'm not sure. I haven't looked at the histogram much becuase I avoid shooting in those modes. As for metering, what I shoot in varries on what I'm shooting. I've tried them all to no avail, it overexposes regardless of what kind of metering I'm using.
     
  6. Alex_B

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    to really make sure it is the camera, set it to spot metering and shoot a simple scene in Av or whatever pleases you. if what you metered on is overexposed, then something is wrong with the camera.
     
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    Sounds like you are doing everything correctly... I would agree that either a replacement from the store you got it or send it in to Canon for a calibration... they will do it free since its within warrantee time...
     
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    darich TPF Noob!

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    Another thing that may be stating the obvious but i did this on my 20D when i got it.
    The exposure can be manually adjusted using the third position on the on/off switch. I ran off a load of shots on my 20D that i ditched because they were too far over.
    I'm not sure how that would affect manual though, if at all.
    Like i said, possibly stating the obvious but it would at least be something else eliminated.
    I've never had any problems with my 5D and haven't heard of anything like the problem you describe.
     
  9. ksmattfish

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    Shoot a gray card, and see where the histogram puts it. It should be in the center obviously. I've only been using a 5D for about 3 weeks, and I only use M or Av, but in Av it does a good job for me. Much better than I'd normally expect.

    EDIT: Actually, I guess you should be able to shoot any solid tone scene, and it should put it in the middle.
     
  10. DNyse

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    Same problem as Jonolikesbuster.......ugh!! So frustrating! I've used every mode to no avail. I just got my 5D and am so disappointed :( I've had a Canon 30D for about 5 years and I know what I'm doing.......so I think I'm going to send it back to B & H tomorrow!
     
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    I feel your pain :(
     
  12. Raincheck

    Raincheck No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi Guys,

    First i thought it was me "the so called user error" but after reading this post I think it's time to go back with my 5D Markii bought it new 2 weeks ago.
    I also expirience issues with overexposure, before I go back can I ask if any of you found out what is going on... is it the camera or me the user...

    Thanks in advance,
    Rain
     

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