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What to set your camera to, when using a manual lens?

Mar 24, 2018 5:20PM PDT

Im a complete newbie and want to learn how to take pictures in manual mode. I have a manual lens (zeiss loxia 35mm) on a Sony A7 camera. When i put the camera setting to manual, the pictures come out dark. What im asking is, if i leave the camera setting to auto but use the lens which is manual... will i have full manual control of my pictures? Or is there a better option?
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Mar 25, 2018 7:06AM PDT

When you set the camera to manual you have to set aperture, iso and shutter speed.
Until you know how to make those settings you should not set the camera to manual.
To make those adjustments you need a light meter. The camera has a light meter, so use it.

Here is a review of the lens. I suggest you read it:

https://photographylife.com/reviews/zeiss-loxia-35mm-f2

Joe

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re: What to set your camera to, when using a manual lens?
Mar 25, 2018 8:41PM PDT

>"if i leave the camera setting to auto but use the lens which is manual... will i have full manual control of my pictures?"

No. The camera will (try to) control whichever auto settings you have it set to. e.g. shutter and/or ISO. And will try (and fail) to control aperture (and focus, if you have that set to auto, as well).

>"Or is there a better option?"

If you want to manually control everything -- shutter, aperture, ISO -- you need to set the camera to Manual mode (and focus to manual, as well, if you want to manually focus).

(And although apparently not necessary in your case since you've successfully taken pics with a manual lens, some cameras require the user to set a "release shutter without lens" option, as well.)

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