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Digicam for spot metering

Tony_M 14 342 England
17 Mar 2005 6:03AM
I use an OM-2N for low-light and landscape photography, and a digital Fuji S602 for wildlife/general photos. The OM only has centre-weighted average metering, which sometimes makes getting correctly exposed slides a hit-and-miss affair.

I was considering purchasing a handheld lightmeter, preferably with spot metering functionality, but then remembered I have spot metering in the S602.

Is the digital camera going to be versatile enough to provide accurate settings for my OM? I use Velvia50 often at F11-F22, whereas the Fuji only goes down do ISO200 (or160) and only as narrow as F11, so some calculations will be required for each exposure.

Any advice appreciated.


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joolsb 13 27.1k 38 Switzerland
17 Mar 2005 6:49AM
No advice, Tony, but have vaguely considered getting a DSLR for precisely this purpose. Also, as a way of previewing shots, it would mean I could save on the hassle of a polaroid back for my Mamiya...

Here's a series of articles by US-based pro Alain Briot who admits to using a DSLR as a sophisticated lightmeter (and, let's face it, a histogram is a nice feature to have) for his LF work. So if it's good enough for the pros....
User_Removed 14 3.3k Russian Federation
17 Mar 2005 7:56AM
I'll be able to comment on Monday...
I've just sent my first two rolls from my TLR off. Some I metered using my D70's spot, the rest with a 2nd hand Weston Master V for a reflected reading. I'll let you know which come out best...
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
17 Mar 2005 8:38AM
You can take incident readings with your SLR by using a plastic aerosol cap over the lens - I used a 'Robin starch' cap glued to an empty 49mm filter ring. Simple but effective.


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