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    How do you meter with your meterless Leica?

    Question goes for really any meterless camera. I use an app on my iPhone (Pocket Light Meter), but I am trying to train myself to use the "force within". You know, try to remember or guess what the reading would be. Not that good at it yet. What are others doing? A real meter? Please be specific as I still, after all these years am wishing to learn more what others do.
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    I use either Sunny 16/guesstimate, or the Voigtlander VC Meter II, which slips into the cold shoe easily.
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Pocket Light Meter here. That's what I have been using with my F. Alas, going back to an FTn finder on the camera, so unless the FTn finder is unuseable, I won't be needing to use the app.

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    Sunny 16, a bunch of meter-less shooting experience, and a strong appreciation for the exposure latitude generosity afforded by shooting film.

    If shooting slide, replace the third comment with a healthy understanding that most shots will not come out well, but the ones that do will be magical.

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    depends on the day

    heavy overcast meter ocassionally
    sunny cloud meter at several points in street until clouds change then meter again

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    This has been something I've been working on as well since returning to film.

    I second the comments from Spicy above: Sunny 16 is the starting point. Adjust by feel from there, always remembering that too much exposure is far better than too little.

    I use a little Sekonic meter if I need precision (mainly studio stuff).
    I shoot digital when I have to (most of those shots end up here) and film (occasionally one of those shots ends up here) when I want to.

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    Sunny 16 when it's easy to figure out, Light Meter Tools for Android sometimes, and I have a Canon S95 which I use as a meter for more complicated / puzzling light, DxO mark lists its ISO settings as being very accurate.

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    I always carry a meter, guesswork is foolishness, and it avoids time , effort, and expense of useless exposures
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    Polaris incident light meter -- light, accurate, and if I wish I can attach a reflected light doo-hickey (though I rarely do as I prefer incident metering).

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