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    Nikon FA - matrix metering that was the model for the F4's metering system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rol_Lei Nut View Post
    I also fully agree: For that reason I usually prefer a spot meter (more control over exactly what's being measured), when not actually using an incident meter.

    On the other hand, the 50,000 eye-controlled sensors, individually programmed to give a perfect postcard-type exposure (as determined by company engineers) and directly linked by radon-doped Niobium-core AF motors - coupled with a scene recognition & composition algorithm - to the framing and focus servo mechanisms isn't really my cup of tea.
    I wonder why one should even bother using film if one prefers letting the camera do all the thinking...
    Because the human brain is a much better device, and it can be made by unskilled labour.
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    I could mention a few, but my advise is: go 'Manual, use a good Hand Held Meter and use your Head.

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    The OM cameras with the spot meter always sounded cool to me. I don't know if its all of them or just the fancier ones like the OM-4. But I thought they had settings so you could select shadow, spot meter a shadow, and it automatically added 2 stops to the exposure, etc. Sounded like a very usable and flexible system.

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    Nikon FA and F4 are bang on for me and the F4 is probable the best handleing camera

    However I think the OM4 multi spot is the best of them and IMO is better than the T90 version (I do have both )
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    To me it really doesn't matter if a manual camera has a built in meter and what kind of measurement it takes. I don't use them. I have too many cameras and I would have to adjust all the time to too many different systems; nauseating scenario. I use a hand held spotmeter period.
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    The OM-3 and OM-4 have multispot metering where you can average up to 8(?) spot readings, plus shadow and highlight metering options, plus center-weighted average. This is pretty good, but you have to know what you are doing and what you want, especially with spot metering. I once took a whole set of transparencies of elephants using spot metering. You would think that an elephant looks pretty close to an 18% grey card, and every exposure was over by about a stop. For transparency work, I never trust a straight reading, and even with 35mm like to take an incident reading as well (generally not possible with elephants, especially grumpy ones). If I line up all my 35mm SLR's and point them at a grey card I'll get a range of about a stop either side of an incident reading, and that includes an F3HP, F100, F4, OM-1 and OM-4, and a pentax spot meter.

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    If your looking for the convenience of an in camera meter then my vote goes to the T90. Its the only in camera meter I've used that makes me feel a hand held is redundant. Spot, center weighted, averaging, shadow/highlight control,spot averaging, whatever you need its got ya covered. Doesn't mean you don't still have to think and can just let the camera do it all for you, but what you need is in there. And really, in most "average" situations you can put the thing in program mode, pick a metering pattern, and fire away.
    Various Canons and Nikons. A Mamiya and a Bronica. A couple Brownies, and a Couple of Argus' (Argi?)

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    Nikon FA has the best I've ever used...that's not saying much though...as I haven't used too many cameras with advanced through the lens metering. Most are pretty simple reflective averaging meters.

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    I sure love the metering on the Pentax LX I used to own. It had OTF (off the film) metering which was very precise for shooting chrome. A very nice system camera with manual focus.

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