First off, I've read the manual, it was no help here.

I'm wondering if there is a problem with my camera when it's in automatic mode. For instance, this morning I was testing the shutter speeds in manual and automatic against themselves by pointing at the same spot and changing aperature sizes (in automatic) and shutter speeds (in manual) so as to get roughly the same shutter speed in both modes. However, below 1/30th of a second in automatic mode is seems as though all of the exposures are way too long, not even close to what the meter is telling me that it's using (1/15th, 1/8, 1/4, etc) more like 1s -2 s I'd guess.

Any idea what's wrong? Is this simply a matter of not having film in the camera therefore the metering or exposure is off (since the camera is off-the-film design)? I hope that's correct, but didn't want to burn a roll of film figuring that out.

Thank you!