Quote Originally Posted by nsouto View Post
So I used the 105/2.5, the longest "tele" I had with me at the time.
I love my 105/2.5 Nikkor. It's a pre-AI version. So well used over the decades that the detents are almost gone. Closest thing to zero lens abberations that I have, and sharper than all get out. Just gorgeous in any early morning or late afternoon warm slanting light situation.

Quote Originally Posted by nsouto View Post
Switched to spot meter and checked the range of light. Waaaaaay too high for Velvia 50: more than 5 stops.
OK, so I'm a home darkroom b&w kind of guy. My only forays into color over the years were Kodachrome. Since the Great Extinction I've only exposed three rolls of non-Kodak transparency film (some Provia 400). Never done Velvia, so I'm curious. If 5 stops is waaaaaay too many, how many would be just right? Four? Three? That doesn't sound like much to work with in any situation. Would fill-flash help? Or just be too noticable, even on a sunny day?