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    Good quality didicam as light meter?

    I'm looking at metering alternatives for when using my Hasselblad CM500. It occurred to me that I might already have what I need ... My Canon G3 ... It's metering readings match those of my Pentax ME Super (which is accurate enough for my style of shooting) and it has the added advantage of spot metering and digital capture if wanted/required. And it's not much bigger or heavier than the dedicated meters such as the Gossen Lunar Pro SBC that I have been considering. Any thoughts?
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    I use a Nikon Coolpix 5000 as a meter sometimes. I simply guess the exposure then take a test shot with the digicam, evaluate the image on the LCD make adjustment if neccesary.

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    Thanks for the reply Chan ... Yep ... that would work good enough ... I'm just interested to know if people find that for general shooting, extrapolation of the digicam exposure values is close enough (I'm using B&W neg film).

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    yes/no. Some digital cameras either understate or overstate their shown "iso" sensitivity.

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    ... Addit ... and whether the spot metering feature of similar digicams has proven to be adequate.

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    Thanks Bob ... Yes ... Apparently the G3's base ISO of 50 is closer to 80 ... but set to 400 ISO (to match the HP5 in the 'Blad) I figure it's close enough. But you're spot on ... individual digicams vary a lot.

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    I have a digimon (Canon G9) but never have used it as a stand-in meter — that's a task for the Sekonic when I need accuracy.
    I'm aware of some others on APUG that use e.g. a Nikon D200 to determine exposures for pinhole (which is less critical exposure-wise with C41 film).
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    it works

    when using my Nikon D60, especially as the only "meter" available

    usually I have some other film body to meter with
    Kodak Duaflex II with kodet lens
    N75 N8008s D60
    Yashica - D
    Only a photographer knows the true value of infinity

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    I use my D40 as a light meter all the time. Problem is the ISO only goes down to 200 so some mental arithmetic is needed.
    I have a dream that some day I will be rich and own a dedicated light meter.

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    There is even a iphone app for metering with the iphone.

    video how it works:
    http://figitalrevolution.com/2010/03...tation-review/

    direct link
    http://www.ambertation.de/en/products

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