As a fledgling Army still photo. I shot a 4X5 speed using the front shutter with flash. Never used a light meter but almost always flash and always using the solenoid. Usually cut film for grip-and-grins etc. and tri-X film packs in press situations. My lab chief, who survived POW, would not think of anything else, Rollei for color print, and 35mm was only for slides.

Sid