Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1996/04/19

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Subject: Re: M6 metering
From: "Charles E. Albertson" <>
Date: Fri, 19 Apr 1996 07:03:40 -0700

     Well, I cranked out my original post late last night, and looking at it
now, I see I omitted the basic point: Flicking the frame selector to the
finder frame for a lens 50% longer than the one you're shooting with serves
only to show you the approximate area that is covered by the metering
system. For example, if you're shooting with a 50mm lens, the frame lines
for the 75mm lens will show you the "spot" covered by the metering system.
It doesn't change the metering itself. Hope that clears things up a bit.

Chuck Albertson
Seattle, Wash.

At 09:12 AM 4/19/96 -0400, William Hong wrote:
>On Thu, 18 Apr 1996, Charles E. Albertson wrote:
>>      As a rule of thumb (and I got this from the late Andrew Matheson's
>> book, "Leica M6: Rangefinder Practice M6 to M1), use the finder frame for
>> the lens that is 50% longer than the one you are metering through. For
>> example, click the frame selector to the 75mm frame if you're metering with
>> a 50mm, use the 50mm frame is you're shooting with a 35mm, use the 135mm
>> frame for the 90mm lens, etc. It seems to work OK for me.
>> ----------------------
>> Charles E. Albertson
>> Seattle, Wash.
>Jonathan Eastland's Leica M Compendium also mentioned this technique, but 
>it doesn't seem to work on my M6.  Flicking the frameline selector 
>doesn't see to change the metering at all.  I don't understand how this 
>would work.  Since the framelines come up in pairs, how would it know to 
>meter with the 35mm line, not the 135mm line, and the 28mm line, not 
>the 90 mm line?
>							William Hong