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    The Zone System

    I was reading about the Zone system...Is there anyone using the Zone system with a reflective light meter. I don't have a handheld spot meter but I would really like to get one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    I was reading about the Zone system...Is there anyone using the Zone system with a reflective light meter. I don't have a handheld spot meter but I would really like to get one.
    I'm confused! A spotmeter is a reflected lightmeter! There is a way to use an incident lightmeter for the Zone System, which was advocated by the late Phil Davis.
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    I believe that a refelective meter averages out the scene where a spot meter gives a reading of that spot specifically.
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    A spot meter is a reflective meter. Not all reflective meters are spot meters. They cover a large area than a spot meter. Reflective meters in cameras may not cover an area, but instead cover the FOV with a matrix.

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    But will it still work using the Zone System?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ektagraphic View Post
    But will it still work using the Zone System?
    Yes if you meter a uniform area or more convenient area of the same brightness that the meter covers. Example: if it is the same as your hand use your hand to read the light from.

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    A spot meter helps, but is not an absolute requirement to make use of the zone system.
    The spot meter allows you to get readings of very specific places in your scene and is especially valuable when those places aren't in a walkable location.

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    Averaging reflected light meter plus walking up to subject = spot meter .

    You need to understand the zone system first. Then, you can learn how to use a spot meter.

    Don't try to learn how to use both at the same time.

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    OK, now I've got a question. Some call it a 'reflected' meter and some a 'reflective' meter. Which is correct?
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