Canon Community Canon Community
 


Reply
Highlighted
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎10-16-2016
Accepted Solution

90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

I wanted to see if (1) anyone else has had this problem and (2) if there are any fixes. First, let me say that my Canon 300mm lens has worked perfectly on my 70D, my 6Dii, and my R cameras. Add to that that all of my other Canon lenses perform perfectly with the 90D. I almost exclusively shoot in AV mode, mostly nature closeups, and mostly use evaluative metering, sometimes spot.  Taking pictures with the 90D + 300 through the VF, almost all of them are severely underexposed, almost black. Taking pictures with same lens using Live View, the exposure is fine. Again, that never happens with my other lenses on this camera, and I have no problems with this lens on my other cameras. Input appreciated.

Highlighted
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,186
Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

Does it work in manual mode?

 

I would try manual mode with the meter and then with the "sunny 16" rule.

Highlighted
Honored Contributor
Posts: 6,925
Registered: ‎11-13-2012

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

"Taking pictures with same lens using Live View, the exposure is fine. "

 

Is the LCD showing the same exposure triangle setting (shutter speed, aperture and ISO) with Live View and optical view finder? Different exposure metering is taking place.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
Highlighted
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎10-16-2016

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

I haven't tried manual yet but will. Thanks.

Highlighted
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 19
Registered: ‎10-16-2016

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

[ Edited ]

The shutter speed has been slower in Live View but when using Auto ISO in AV, both VF and LV will mostly select 100, which I've been upping to 200-400 depending on what I think is more appropriate. The exposure will still compensate for the same dark exposure. Any adjustments in EV have to be guesses. I had a similar problem with a Sigma 105mm macro on my 6Dii, which is why I bought the Canon 100 macro.

Highlighted
VIP
Posts: 13,026
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

One of three things have got to have a problem. One, the camera. Two, the lens and three, you. First reset the camera to factory. Two if the lens works perfectly fine on all your other cameras, it is probably OK. So, that leaves, you!

Hopefully the reset will correct that issue. 

 

After rest, set the mode to P mode. ISO 200, One shot, do not use Ai-servo. Put the 300mm f4L in the AF position and go outside on a nice day and try it.  Select  different subject. If it works, it works!  You need to examine if you set something incorrectly either on purpose or by accident.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
Highlighted
Occasional Contributor
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎11-22-2016

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

[ Edited ]

To rule out another possibility, you might want to clean the electrical contacts on the camera and the lens  lens with a q tip and a drop of alcohol. 

 

Check you do not have any negative exposure compensation dialed in on the camera. 

 

 

Check the aperture and shutter is opening and closing properly.  When indoors, dial in a 1/2 second exposure and try different apertures and look inside the lens to verify the correct aperture is being set.  

 

Kind regards

Chris

Highlighted
VIP
Posts: 13,026
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

Chris although I love your ideas to try, IME, cleaning the contacts rarely to never helps or works. The act of removing and mounting a lens is generally all the "cleaning" the contacts require. I avoid telling people do it because of the danger of making things worse. Although you clearly stated a drop of alcohol and a q-tip, I have seem folks use every means of cleaning.  A pencil eraser is a favorite. The gold plating is so thin, it can easily destroyed. 

 

The full camera reset will eliminate your the other issues.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
Highlighted
VIP
Posts: 10,382
Registered: ‎08-13-2015

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

[ Edited ]

@Wandalynn wrote:

I wanted to see if (1) anyone else has had this problem and (2) if there are any fixes. First, let me say that my Canon 300mm lens has worked perfectly on my 70D, my 6Dii, and my R cameras. Add to that that all of my other Canon lenses perform perfectly with the 90D. I almost exclusively shoot in AV mode, mostly nature closeups, and mostly use evaluative metering, sometimes spot.  Taking pictures with the 90D + 300 through the VF, almost all of them are severely underexposed, almost black. Taking pictures with same lens using Live View, the exposure is fine. Again, that never happens with my other lenses on this camera, and I have no problems with this lens on my other cameras. Input appreciated.


I agree with Ernie. The friction created by the act of mounting or dismounting a lens is sufficient to keep lens contacts clean.  If the contacts are not discolored, then there is probably nothing wrong with them.  Just make sure the have spring action.

 

If you are shooting in Av or Tv mode, then do not use ISO Auto. As a general rule, you do not want give the camera control over two legs of the Exposure Triangle.  Limit the camera to controlling just one leg, or none of them.

 

Resetting the camera is good idea.  You should be able to see the exposure metering in the viewfinder, even if it is under exposed.  Make sure you do not have Exposure Compensation dialed in.  Make sure your thumb is not accidentally locking exposure as you carry and hold the camera.

 

I do not advise using Spot Metering handheld.  Tripod, yes.  Handheld, inadvisable.  Spot metering is a little too exact at times.  Be aware that Spot Metering only [meters] with the Center AF point!  I have used Center Weighted Averaging in conjunction with the Center AF point in One Shot mode with pretty good success at nailing the exposure of the subject.

 

Perhaps there is some quirk with the EF 300mm f/4L IS USM and the 90D.  Yours is the first complaint that I have heard.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Doctor told me to get out and walk, so I bought a Canon."
Highlighted
VIP
Posts: 13,026
Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: 90D and Canon 300mm f4 L IS USM inconsistencies in exposure

"If you are shooting in Av or Tv mode, then do not use ISO Auto. As a general rule, you do not want give the camera control over two legs of the Exposure Triangle."

 

Smiley Happy Spot on!  I am not sure how the camera decides which auto function has top priority but it is a situation to avoid.

If you KNOW your settings it is probably better than letting the camera pick one for you. However most current DSLRs are very good at it.

EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
powered by Lithium

LIKE US on Facebook FOLLOW US on Twitter WATCH US on YouTube CONNECT WITH US on Linkedin WATCH US on Vimeo FOLLOW US on Instagram SHOP CANON at the Canon Online Store
© Canon U.S.A., Inc.   |    Terms of Use   |    Privacy Statement