Help!! Canon 1014E in Super-8 Posted August 8, 2016 Well, you actually WANT to over expose by 1/3 as it will richen up your image. It's a good thing! Don't worry about the 50D. If you wanted to not overexpose, you could manually adjust 1/3 stop but that's more trouble than its worth. The viewfinder meter is just like the f/stop settings on your Canon AE lens. Red generally = bad. The needle points at what aperture the camera is set, even in automatic mode. If it goes to the red, it means there is not enough or there is too much light and you will under or over expose your image by a bit. As the other thread says 50D will be exposed at 40 which isn't a problem- slight overexposure on colour neg is no bad thing as it suppresses grain a bit. The needle shows the aperture as selected by the meter. The 1014, unusually for Super-8, has a variable shutter angle and this is what the 2 and 4 are about- you adjust the angle with the knob, to 2 or 4, then compensate the exposure by moving the switch to 2 or 4 to match. A setting of 2 halves the shutter angle, 4 reduces it to one quarter. Each reduces the exposure by one stop, so you move the switch and the aperture opens up correspondingly. If you are getting overexposure in daylight, you can use this adjustment to get a wider aperture and get out of the red. That would surprise me though because normal exposure for bright sunlight at 24fps with 40ISO should only be about f16-22. I would check the meter. Not silly questions at all. Those Japanese manuals tended towards the abstract at best. At their worst you would be better off sticking your head out of the window and asking a passing sparrow. Thank you guys so much! This has been way more useful than the manual. So when the needle is on the left side of the meter in the red or around 1.4 the image is underexposed and when it's on the right it's over exposed and I should try and keep it as much in the centre as possible the same as with my AE-1? Also i was testing the meter at 18 FPS when daylight was giving me over exposure readings. I would like to shoot at 24FPS but to be honest i'd rather get more footage out of the roll than anything else considering it cost me 2 days of work, ha.