Setting exposure on a Kodak Signet 80.

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  1. Blooze

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    I picked up a Signet 80 a while back and was hoping someone could confirm how to set the exposure on this camera?

    The built in meter is read in EV (there are f-stops on the bottom of the lenses, FWIW). Anyway, first I set the shutter speed, then I turn the ring that adjusts the EV settings until the metal "brackets" are selecting the shutter speed. Then I move the front knurled ring until the needed EV reading is in the window. If I can't get the EV reading I need then I start all over with a different shutter speed adjustment. Does this sound correct? I always want the brackets to select the shutter speed selected?

    Thanks for any help [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks. I have the actual manual for the camera, but it's slightly confusing. My manual is the "updated" version for the lenses that have the metal brackets instead of the index dot.
     
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    Wow! Confusing aren't they?

    When I'm confronted by destructions like this I break it down into phrases or sentences and do that setting. Once you do that it all begins to make sense(sort of)
     
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    Usually it is easier to set the shutter speed and then the f-stop to get the EV you want -- once you have the ev, you can change shutter/lens combinations and keep the EV the same, within the range the camera allows. It's not a bad system once you get used to it. Rolleiflex cameras are similar.
     
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    Thanks everyone. It looks to me that the main thing to remember is to have the shutter speed and index brackets to always be the same, then adjust for your f-stop or EV and if outside the range of the selected index/shutter speed you pick a different shutter speed.