Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/11

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Subject: Re: [Leica] PAW wk 19/sl
From: "Rei Shinozuka" <>
Date: Sat, 11 May 2002 11:49:47 -0400 (EDT)

the most convincing argument to categorize the M6-7  as having 
a spot meter would be to have the 800mm telyt-s 6.3 and visoflex III in 
front of it.

- -rei

> From: Ted Grant <>

> Hi Olivier,
> I think there's a bit of misunderstanding in the way Steve used..."spot
> meter."
> >>This is where the M6ttl spot meter lets me down because the spot meter is
> > >reading the bright lights and the gray and shadows just disappear. So for
> > >this kind of shot do you think I could sit there for :15 or :30 seconds
> > >trying to figure out what I should be reading with the spot meter?
> Probably
> > >not.<<<<
> The M6, ttl or M7 do not have a "true spot meter" as we generally understand
> spot meters. But what Steve has referred to is the center weighted reading
> from the "white spot" inside the M 6 body on the shutter curtain.
> The meter reads the concentrated light on the "shutter white spot" rather
> than an integrated reading covering the entire picture area. So in calling
> the M6 a spot meter is really a description in-relation to the concentration
> of light falling on that little white circle inside the camera.
> So if you are taking pictures where there are bright lights in the
> background as in this scene, those lights will cause an under exposure due
> to their concentration in the centre on the white spot of the shutter.
> I hope this answers your question,
> ted
> Ted Grant Photography Limited

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Rei Shinozuka
Ridgewood, New Jersey

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