Quote Originally Posted by craygc View Post
They are keyed to the highlights and nothing else - great for transparencies and digital. With negative film, being keyed to the highlights doesn't guarantee anything about shadow detail, which is what you really want to be controlling at exposure time.
This seems very contradictory. If you have a correct exposure for a slide given the greater dynamic range of negative film you should have an even better negative image. It may not be perfect but it most cases I would assume it is 95% of the way there. I have not really gotten into spot metering because I shoot roll film. I can't really start doing N+/-2 developing and stuff like that for a single frame. In real life with roll film how much of a dramatic difference does it make? I shoot TMAX 100 @ ISO 50 and adjust development to keep the highlights from blocking up. Beyond that I just accept what I get.