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    Rangefinder with TTL metering?

    I'm looking for a rangefinder, ideally 6x6 or 6x7, that has TTL metering. Does such a thing exist?

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    The Mamiya 7 II has a very accurate meter, but it is not TTL. It's meter is similar to a 5 or 10° spot meter. It is very accurate when used properly. I've always been impressed with how my Mamiya 7II meters a scene.
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    Mark, as far as I know there are no 6x6 or 6x7 or any MF rangefinders with TTL metering. I agree with above, the Mamiya 7II has pretty accurate metering, not so much with the Mamiya 6. But the most accurate metering MF rangefinder I've found is the Bronica RF645, but this is 6x4.5 of course.

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    I thought the Bessa III 667 was through the lens metering.
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    They all have leaf shutters, which block light coming through the lens. That's why none of the 120 RF cameras have TTL meters.
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    The Minolta CLE is a rangefinder, it has TTL metering (both ambient light and flash light), actually has automatic exposure, and it exists, but MF it is not.

    The "real time" exposure system was a Minolta patent, later sold to Olympus and others, or so they say.

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    But the SLR MF cameras use TTL focusing and metering so why not rangefinders? The RB67 (and I think RZ67) keeps the leaf shutter open while you're composing the picture and with the AE finder it uses the light through the lens to meter. When you press the shutter button it closes the shutter, lifts the light baffle and mirror, opens the shutter for duration of exposure, closes shutter. This is slower and more complicated than cameras which simply leave the shutter closed until you need it but it is possible for SLRs so it should be possible for RF as well.
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    Thanks. It's not about accuracy. I've used the Mamiya 7 and it's a beautiful camera.

    I do a lot of B&W infrared film work. What I'm looking for is something where I can leave my very dark R72 filter on the camera, have the camera meter through it, and still compose through the rangefinder.

    I'm just lazy and don't want to do the exposure compensation with a non-TTL meter or hand-held meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Skeoch View Post
    I thought the Bessa III 667 was through the lens metering.
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    Nope, nor the Fuji equivalent. The metering cell is located next to the RF. I was really hoping it was as that would have been perfect.

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    You can leave the R72 on the lens and simply dial in compensation. When you're past +2 simply change the ISO dial to add the extra compensation necessary.

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