Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/01/29

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Subject: Re: R: [Leica] Noctilux
From: Marc James Small <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 23:40:01 -0500

At 09:28 PM 1/29/98 -0600, Eric Welch, tireless proponent of the Leica
system, wrote:

>And meters really won't give you "daylight" type exposures. In that kind of
>light, mediocre meters will overexpose film. Good meters, with
>inexperienced photographers might under or over expose film.
>Nothing to do but shoot, study the film and then shoot again. There are no
>magic formula here. 

Back when I was learning photography, many, many years gone by, they
stressed bracketing, on the theory that 'film is cheap, the picture is
priceless'.  Try it:  you'll like it!

I can shoot a roll of b&w film in my M3 without worrying, as I'm a fair
judge of exposure (I have a LOT of experience ruining the best products of
Kodak, Agfa, and Ilford!).  I will bracket a tad on tough shots with colour
negative emulsions.  With chromes, I bracket like the daylights and don't
trust the meter without THINKING about what it is telling me.

An auto-camera?  You've got to be kidding.  I have thirty-five years of
mistakes to programme this grand old metering system in my brainpan.

Marc  FAX:  +540/343-7315
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