Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] white dot and metering
From: Mark Rabiner <>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 11:45:31 -0700
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Dan Cardish wrote:
> There is no need to point a meter at an 18% (or 13%) gray card to get
> accurate reading.  I (and many photographers) routinely aim my spotmeter at
> the palm of my hand and then open up one stop to get a meter reading.
> There's no reason why the M6 meter can't do something similar.  All that
> need to be done is have the meter calibrated properly.
> Hmm....actually, many photographer don't aim my spotmeter at my hand, only
> I do that.  They use their own hands!  And they use their own spotmeters!
> Dan C.
"to get accurate reading."?
Point your meter at a wall.
Set your camera to that reading.
You've just placed that wall at middle grey or zone V.
That's how it will come out in the neg. If it was a white wall it will look
middle grey on the contact sheet. You've underexposed it several stops for
white. But placed it successfully for middle grey if that's what you wanted.
A reflective meter is for placing tones or zones.
Take a reading off the grass if that seems to you to be a nice middle grey.
Mark William Rabiner

In reply to: Message from "Dan Honemann" <> ([Leica] white dot and metering)
Message from Dan Cardish <> (Re: [Leica] white dot and metering)