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Re: meterless photgraphy For many years I used nothing but my Canon VT and the exposure guide in Kodak's Pocket Photoguide. It did make me keep the light more in mind than a mindless reliance on a meter. Inside photography was tough though, particularly since the films back then were not nearly as fast or forgiving. Today, I confess to using either a MR meter on my M3 or a Lunasix, and I find I'm not nearly as adept in judging exposure as I was. Practice obviously counts! There is something classic about an M3 without the meter "bump", though, and you should try to go meterless for a challenge. Roll Call Bill Bain Atlanta GA -- attorney for computer software company, age 42. Was pharmacist until I got stupid and when to law school. Married, 2 kids (9 and 12), wife who wants me to get rid of my Leica M3 and get a "real camera" -- AF, AE, etc. (forgive her, for she knows not what she asks!). Intimidated by "real" photographers on this list but glad to be here. Started out with Kodak Instamatics, first "real" camera was a Kowa SETR (leaf-shutter SLR) tht I bought with saved-up allowance $$. Dad had Retinette. Grandfather had Canon VT, 50mm f1.2, 135mm f3.5. Kowa lasted until high school when was hit with a foul ball at Shea Stadium. Bought used Nikon F with Photomic head at Willoughby's, used through high school as yearbook photog, along with a friend's Nikon S2 and 105mm lens. Bitten by RF bug right then. Nikon stolen at college and grandfather gave me Canon (Nikon RF's were expensive, even then!) Wife bought Olympus OM-1 (was stolen), then OM-2 and decided that it was too much work and went AF with original Nikon One-Touch. I sold OM-2 and bought Canon 7 w/50mm f1.8, 100mm 3.5 in early 80's. In 1990 so so was at local camera show looking for a lens cap for Canon when was offered the chance to swap Canon 7 and lenses for M3DS. I bought user 50mm "black" Summicron from Tamarkin, and filled out outfit over time. Current gear (unimpressive list compared to others): M3 DS 35mm f2 Summicron "with eyes" 50mm Summicron (my favorite lens) 90mm Elmarit (chrome, early, second favorite) 135mm Canon (black) w/M adapter (yep, same one) 50mm f1.2 Canon w/adapter (available light on a budget (free!)!) Viso II for close-up work, MR4 meter and Lunasix SBC Nikon One-Touch (still my favorite AF P&S: simple with great lens!) Wife has Ricoh Sure Shot something or other - terrible camera, but she likes it. AF is slow and has more buttons to fiddle with than a Victorian corset! Photgraphic ambition -- none. I just like to take pictures of what i see, particularly of my kids. I liked XP-2 and Kodachrome, now shooting a fair amount of standard Kodak Gold 200 + 400. I've tried the new Kodak Max and I like it for sports. Other passions: Alfa Romeo automobiles (have '83 Spider, trying to convince wife to let me have an Alfa sedan too!), computer flight simulators (particularly Falcon), coaching youth soccer, playing my Gibson Hummingbird guitar when I can find time.