Actually, it is much less of a problem than you might expect having a camera that won't meter in manual. I have a Canon GIII QL17 which has this issue, but it is very easy to switch it to auto, meter off what you want and then set it back to the right manual setting. I know it sounds odd and it can be a pain at first, but it is really just a question of getting used to a slightly different way of working and takes no longer. I certainly find it a lot faster than a separate meter.