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  1. #11

    Join Date
    Dec 1999

    Fully manual spot meters

    If you are new to large format may I suggest sopme reading

    User's Guide to the View Camera by Jim Stone

    Large Format Nature Photography by Jack Dykinga

    Using the View Camera that i wrote

    any all may be avail from your library or

    Also, there are several articles in the Free Articles section of the View Camera magazine web site

    steve simmons

  2. #12

    Join Date
    Nov 2003

    Fully manual spot meters

    You can of course go about it any way you find helpful. But I think you should first learn more about how large format photography is done, mainly by doing some, but also by reading. Steve simmons's recommendations are good sources.

    I think you may find that your ideas about how to use a meter will change. Many large format photographers use the Zone System or some variation of it, which is why spotmeters are so commonly used. I also have a DSLR, and I use its auto exposure systems together with the histogram display. But I still find it easier to get the proper exposure with my spotmeter and my large format equipment, using the Zone system.

  3. #13

    Join Date
    Jul 2005

    Fully manual spot meters

    I'll second the minolta spotmeter F. It will give you everything you ask for. The problem is that they stopped making it and they are as rare as rocking horse pooh on the second hand market.

  4. #14
    Join Date
    Mar 2001

    Fully manual spot meters


    If you don't mind the bulkiness, Gossen Luna Pro can be used with the Multibeam attachment, which provides 1, 5 and 10 degree measurements. It works very well, and every once in a while you can find a clean one on a well-known auction site for a a modest sum.

    Good luck..

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