Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/05/24

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Subject: Re: [Leica] How does the Leica R8 calculate exposure in matrix metering mode?
From: Ted Grant <>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 08:15:49 -0700
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Alfie wrote:
>>> I heard that the Leica R8 does a more solid job of calculating exposure
> (esp. for slide film) in matrix metering mode and isn't fooled by
> backlighting like the Canon and Nikon systems. To what extent is that true
> and how does the R8's matrix metering system differ mathematically from
> of Nikon's and Canon's? It would be rather fascinating to know that the R8
> has 5 zones of exposure measurement relative to Canon's 30-something and
> still the former scores better. Hmm...?<<<<

B. D. wrote: in answer to Alfie's question
>>I think that this is definitely a question for Ralph Gibson!<<<

Naw B.D. you should've just told him the truth, that the R8 actually  has 60
metering zones for all aspects of lighting and various subject matter under
severe and not so severe light and content situations.  However, Leica do
not want people to know that, 60 zones. Because it creates really awkward
conversation to explain how it works better than the other guy's does. So
Leica just tell folks it uses 5 zones as that keeps down the question level
. :-)

And without question keeps the metering system accuracy under wraps.

But we who use the R8 know it has this wonderful system that works because
we use the camera regularly and don't give a flying hoop how or why it
works, as long as it works.


Ted Grant Photography Limited

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