Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/10

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Subject: [Leica] Spot meters......
From: "BIRKEY, DUANE" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Jul 1998 9:03:57 -0500

I use the built in spot meter in my SLR cameras 100% of the time,  except 
for flash.  I've got a Minolta spot F that I use for 4x5.

Once you learn how,  and it's not that hard, you'll be able to handle any 
situation quickly and correctly.  The best part is you can easily see the 
range of luminance within any given scene.  With that info you'll know 
whether or not your slide film can handle the entire range of light 
values.  Any time you photograph subjects that are predominately dark or 
predominately light, averaging camera meters aren't going to do a great 
job.   Go take pictures at a hospital where everything is white and 
expect underexposed slides.  At least that's what my EOS 1n does.... 
(unless I override it) and for pictures of landscapes that are full of 
dark green patchwork fields, it gives overexposed slides.   And then 
there is backlighting.............

Duane Birkey

HCJB World Radio
Quito Ecuador