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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    I am still trying to make sense of this:

    Then there is a chart for Super-XX at f/16 like this: f/8 32 seconds, f/16 8 seconds, f/22 2 seconds, and f/64 1/2 second.

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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Bedo View Post
    UMmm . . .Why not take advantge of the technological advances of the past 70 years and use a digital lightmeter?
    Its a bit complicated. I am a violinist. No frets, perfect pitch. Learned to play by ear after many years of classical training, and found it improved my skill. Why not play the camera like an violin?
    ...Dilettante! Who you calling a Dilettante?

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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    Super XX in its relatively modern rendition was true ASA 200 speed with many developers. But if you happen to still have some, it's already going to be quite old and probably will not respond like it once would have fresh. So all this discussion is not only arcane, but futile. And hypothetically transferring the "extinction" analogy to other films is not realistic either, because Super-XX differed from current films in being both thick emulsion and having an extremely long straight line amenable to a very wide range of development. It's like debating how to carve the best spear for hunting a Triceratops.

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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    What I don't get is

    Super-XX at f/16 like this: f/8 32 seconds, f/16 8 seconds, f/22 2 seconds, and f/64 1/2 second.

    I thought smaller aperture need more time.

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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugo Zhang View Post
    What I don't get is

    Super-XX at f/16 like this: f/8 32 seconds, f/16 8 seconds, f/22 2 seconds, and f/64 1/2 second.

    I thought smaller aperture need more time.
    Key thing to note is the following:

    "When your eyes have become fully adjusted to the light on the ground-glass image, close the lens diaphragm gradually until details in the share are barely distinguishable."

    This can be interpreted as follows: if the details become barely distinguishable at f8, then expose for 32 seconds. And if they become barely distinguishable at f64, then expose for 1/2 second. This makes sense as details becoming barely distinguishable at f8 means light is low compared to the scenario where details become barely distinguishable at f64.
    Last edited by Raghu Kuvempunagar; 6-Jul-2021 at 20:51. Reason: grammar

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    Re: View camera as extinction light meter

    That explaines and I will try it with a light meter to compare. Thanks.

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