Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/01/23

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Subject: [Leica] Re: exposure rules
From: Jim Brick <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 23:36:19 -0800

I personally like an incident meter much better than a reflected meter. And
Fred Ward's statement is pretty much true. I will use an incident meter
when taking serious photographs as much as possible. However, I agree with
Eric. There are numerous situations where it is totally *impossible* to use
an incident meter. Therefore, it is best to be able to effectively use both.


At 10:35 PM 1/23/99 -0600, you wrote:
>> But I believe Fred Ward (Nat. Geo.) wrote a brief
>>note (in the archive?) that said in effect that any serious photographer
>>interested in consistent, dead-on results will rely only on an incident
>I have the highest respect for Fred. But I disagree with this belief. For
>most situations, this is true, but I shoot in really bad light quite often,
>and there is no way an incident meter is going to work for me. I can't stop
>and hold up the meter in a situation where things are happening and there
>is not time, and it's highly unethical to shout "stop" wait 'til I get a
>It just depends on how much you need "help" in metering, or how fast you
>Eric Welch
>St. Joseph, MO
>"We'll cross that bridge when we come to it." Ted Kennedy