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: Dante Stella <>
Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 11:40:19 -0400 (EDT)

Isn't there a point where 60 zones become the same as... ta da! averaging

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Dante Stella

On Fri, 24 May 2002, Ted Grant wrote:

> 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
> that
> > 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
> Ted Grant Photography Limited
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