Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/08/31

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Subject: [Leica] (was13 or 23%) - NOW spot meter and LF
From: Christer Almqvist <>
Date: Sat, 31 Aug 2002 22:21:20 +0200

The last comment on the 13 or 23% thread was a statement that 
bothering with the subject matter was not going to bring anything, it 
would be better just to shoot away with your M6, or alternatively get 
a spot meter and/or a LF.

I have been through all that and must disagree. I had a Minolta spot 
meter for a year and then sold it. It took up a lot of space in my 
camera bag, took too long to use and did not make a single picture 
better than it would have been with just the M6 meter.

For me the way to go is to learn how  the M6 meter reacts. All you 
need to that end is to invest in a roll of film and meter for the 
shadows and then make an exposure, and then some more exposures of 
exactly the same subject in exactly the same light closing down the 
aperture one stop at a time. Or go the other way and measure the 
highlights and then expose a few frames with the aperture opened up a 
stop at a time. And then a frame exposed exactly as metered without 
any adjustment. But make notes of what you measured and how you 
measured. Then study the negatives, provided you know what to look 
for, and see what adjustments you need to make to the meter values in 
order to obtain esxcellent negatives. If you wish you can then repeat 
the whole exercise in one or more different and more difficult light 

Large format? I got myself one of those folding 6 by 9 cm ones, OK 
that is perhaps more MF, with an  105 mm f/2.8 Voigtländer Color 
Skopar. Not only did my Leica negatives shot with the ASPH lenses 
look much better, even the Leica prints looked much better than the 
MF ones when both were blown up to the same size. And MF gave me all 
that bulk, and only a few frames on each roll, and it was difficult 
to load the developing tank reel.

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Christer Almqvist
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