Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/14

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Subject: RE: [Leica] M6 metering calibration
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 20:25:34 -0700

I found (in my R7 which uses DX) that I had to be very careful with
exposure on Velvia or I would lose it. When bracketing (I do this a lot) I
found that the "overexposed" bracket was often the best. So I now set my
meters to 40 when using Velvia. This makes the "normal" bracket usually the
best, with insurance on both sides. I have also read that George Lepp uses
Velvia at EI 40. I know there are others but I can't remember who right now.


At 06:41 PM 7/14/98 +0200, you wrote:
>I use almost exclusively Velvia myself. Could it then be said that "other 
>brands" tweak the metering for slight overexposure (with negatives in mind) 
>? With my Nikons, I usually keyed ISO 64 for Velvia when I wanted extra 
>saturation. Doing this with the M6 really overdoes it. I did not know that 
>Velvia was considered as "really ISO 40". Is this a generally accepted fact 
>or the result of your own experience ? Do you routinely expose it at ISO 40