Pentax K-5 II User Manual (en)

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Choose the part of the viewfinder to use for measuring brightness and 
determining exposure. The following three methods are available. The 
factory default setting is L (Multi-segment metering).
1
Turn the metering mode switch.
The set metering method is displayed in 
the status screen and viewfinder.
  L
 Multi-segmented Metering
The scene in the viewfinder is metered in 
77 different zones. Even in backlit 
locations, this mode automatically 
determines what level of brightness is in 
which portion and automatically adjusts 
exposure.
  M
 Center-weighted Metering
Metering is weighted at the center of the 
viewfinder. Use this metering when you 
want to compensate for the exposure by 
experience, instead of leaving it to the 
camera. The illustration shows that 
sensitivity increases as the pattern height 
increases (center). This mode does not 
automatically compensate for backlit scenes.
• Turn the rear e-dial (S) to adjust the aperture value.
• Press the | button to retain the shutter speed at 1/180 second and 
automatically adjust the aperture value.
• The sensitivity cannot be set to [ISO AUTO] in M mode. If the exposure 
mode is changed to M mode when the sensitivity is set to [ISO AUTO], the 
sensitivity is also changed to the lowest value set in “Setting the Range of 
Automatic Sensitivity Correction” (p.84).
Selecting the Metering Method