Maybe if I explain my lightmetering evolution. I should make it clear that I don't own a DSLR, and haven't used one enough to say so. I did play with viewing histograms on a Sony digipoint&shoot I had.
Originally Posted by rawhead
I started out using a pre WW2 Weston and a Kodak 35 rf camera, a very very basic camera with a very good f3.5 lens. I used Kodachrome 25 ( about a 5 stop scale) and High-Speed (ASA 160) Ektachrome for existing light, so I had to learn to use the meter properly to get good resuts, (it is a reflected-light only meter).
As time went on I got auto 35mm SLRS and didn't use a handheld meter very much. Then I got an OM-4 and fell in love with the spotmeter.
When I moved into LF cameras aroung 1987 or so, I naturally bought a Pentax spotmeter and learned the zone system. I metered evry scene, placed my mid-tone... and discovered that I could do almost exactly the same things with my ancient Weston and it's calculator dial. What I couldn't do with the Weston was meter inaccesible parts of the scene, and having the spotmeter meant I could do all the metering from one spot.
By now I had a LunaPro and liked it's wide range. I also had a Weston Master III with an Invercone for incident readings and liked the fact that it didn't use batteries. So for the past 20+ years those have been my meters, the Weston mostly unless I forsee having to meter low light values. If I have to take a meter on a trip it's the LunaPro as it's the most versatile. I haven't used a spotmeter in a long time, but that's just my way of working. I'll use one if I think I need it, say if I decide to make some 8x10 chromes again.
Using a meter and having to think about where you want detail in the scene can give you a very good feel for what is the correct exposure. I use 4x5 and 8x10 cameras, and cannot afford to waste film - even black and white film.
One thing I would not do is meter a critical scene with a DSLR. Transparency filn is too precious to waste, and I don't think a DSLR with a meter designed for a sensor is an appropriate tool - I'd use my 75~ year old Weston first, at least I know how that will respond. I use my newer Weston with transparency film regularly, with utterly satisfactory results.
Last edited by E. von Hoegh; 12-20-2012 at 05:27 PM. Click to view previous post history.