Quote Originally Posted by mporter012 View Post
So what I'm gathering is that the general suggestion would be, at this point, to use one camera with my in camera light meter and expose at its suggestion or open up one stop, and then develop as I see fit.
I'm a huge proponent of the ZS, but I would urge you to take a much simpler approach to your beginnings. This book gets into some basic ZS discussion, but not before very good discussions on exposure and development in general, including a good discussion on the "the middle gray" standard. If you wanted to even get THE book on the ZS, just reading the chapter on exposure alone should help immensely on the basics. It is not difficult to read as many may eventually suggest.