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Occasional Contributor
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Registered: ‎12-11-2019

T5i View Finder Meter

Hello, new here and new to Canon. Recently purchased a used T5i with 18-55 kit lens. I am new to DSLR cameras but learning. Realized I'm having an issue and wanted to make sure I'm not being dumb. 

 

In live view, I can take photos in any mode and the exposure meter seems to work as designed. With live view off and trying to take photos through view finder the camera meter things everything is WAY under exposed. if you adjust enough to bring the meter up to even -2 the picture is terrible and blown out. 

 

With the camera in auto mode inside a well lit room it tries to take pictures with a 20-30 second shutter. 

 

Just curious if anyone else has every ran into this and what the remedy was...

 

Thanks for any help

Honored Contributor
Posts: 7,491
Registered: ‎11-13-2012

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

LiveView reads exposure directly via the sensor. When using the optical viewfinder you are using a different metering system.

 

First thing to do is reset camera to factory settings following steps 1 and 2 below:

 

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Then let us know what is happening.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
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Registered: ‎12-11-2019

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

Hi thanks for the reply.
I have reset the camera several times to make sure it wasn’t a goofy setting.

And I do understand that they use different metering systems, that’s my concern actually, that the meter in the camera that works with the view finder is damaged in some way or another.
Honored Contributor
Posts: 7,491
Registered: ‎11-13-2012

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

Since you reset the camera and have that problem you should contact the seller.
John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,423
Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

What mode are you in?

 

Try it in green square outside on a sunny day.

Occasional Contributor
Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-11-2019

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

It doesn’t seem to matter what mode I’m in. Manual is the only way I can get usable pictures with the viewfinder but the meter tells me it’s way under exposed even though it’s not. Any of the other modes it does all sorts of wacky stuff trying to get it “right” and if you take that picture it’s blown out bad.
I searched for a few hours on different forums and couldn’t really find anyone with the same issue.
Esteemed Contributor
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Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

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I don't consider dialing in +2 of exposure compensation to be wacky stuff, but it is still not right. It appears the camera is defective.

 

We have occasionally had people here with the same problem, but it is rare, and involves repairing the camera.

 

 

VIP
Posts: 13,594
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

"Recently purchased a used T5i with 18-55 kit lens"

 

You need to return it today.  Rebels with kit lens can be a good buy used but you must test them out carefully. They are not fragile but certainly not super strongly built.  Easy to damage and or abuse.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Posts: 5
Registered: ‎12-11-2019

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

Private sale so no returning. Thought I was getting a steal as I only paid $150 for it and had three batteries and battery grip. Sucks it’s not working 100% but at least live view works as it should.
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Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: T5i View Finder Meter

You can do a "cleaning" without the lens and see if you see anything obvious in the mirrorbox.

 

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