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07-16-2015, 01:30 PM   #31
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Missed this thread but I've been doing a lot of Pentacon and 67 lately so it's very topical for me ATM. Over time I've used my spot meter as well as my LX and K-3 for metering and/or chimping. Lately though, and I dunno why I never did it sooner, I've been exclusively using my GR for this. I can even easily/quickly set the ratio (3:2, 4:3, or 1:1) as well as B&W or color (often positive film for approximations of what I'm shooting on the P67 or other), AND with the crop factors for 28mm, 35mm, and 47mm equiv, it's all freaking fast easy and accurate. Weighs less than my spot meter and I get instant "Polaroids" to boot. Highly recommend that little bugger for this purpose.

07-16-2015, 03:51 PM   #32
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I used to shoot a lot of film with a buddy when I was a teenager, I had an ancient Zeiss Ikon with no meter but my friend had a Minolta srt101 with a meter. I'd ask him what he was getting and use his readings and shoot but I didn't want to bug him constantly so I paid a lot of attention to the light, and his answers, and just shot from the hip after a while, got really good at it. I remember taking photo at school and the teacher insisted I could not estimate exposure. He challenged me. He got his meter out, then asked me. "Okay out that window.. right now. What do you say?" I said "Oh, 1/125 at f5.6". What ASA? He asked (remember asa?) I said 100. He looked at his meter and said "Well, I don't think you can do that every time". and never spoke to me again. Ha I owned the ROOM. but It took 2 years to get that skill. Use your light meter man, it's an incident light meter, learn how. Try it in direct light, in the shade, write it down so you can compare the prints. You'll get it. It's a lost art but very useful esp. If you use strobes.
07-25-2015, 02:34 AM   #33
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QuoteOriginally posted by LesDMess Quote
A most ambitious reference for any meter indeed but a 30 second exposure time is a little short of what the Pentax LX can achieve . . .
It seems that the latest release of LxMeter can now work up to 125 second...the Lx prefix is starting to make sense
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QuoteOriginally posted by Armand Quote
It seems that the latest release of LxMeter can now work up to 125 second...the Lx prefix is starting to make sense

It is a good start as that is what is listed in the LX manual, "stepless automatic exposure range extends to EV -5.5 ~.EV 20 (125 second at f/1.2 to 1/2000th second at f/22 at ASA 100 under normal temperatures and humidity).

But of course what makes the Pentax LX's Integrated Direct Metering (IDM) system unique above all cameras past and present - by any brand or model, is that in aperture priority autoexposure, it will keep the shutter open for as long as it takes (or batteries die) to get a "proper exposure" while continuously monitoring the scene for changes in lighting and adjusting the exposure appropriately.

A couple of my "shorter" auto exposures taken with my LX.

Fuji 100

About fifteen minutes on Kodak Gold 100

BTW, I am not aware of any lightmeter that can match the LX either . . .

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