Use a digital camera as a lightmeter for a film camera?

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Use a digital camera as a lightmeter for a film camera?

I want to use my small Olympus XZ-1 as a monochrome previewer and as an exposure spot meter for my older film Nikon. The Nikon only has a center-weighted meter.

In a perfect world, shouldn't an image I get at, say 1/100 at f/8 on the XZ-1 be exposed the same as one at 1/100 at f/8 on the Nikon?

To keep it simple, I'll use the both the XZ-1 and Nikon in aperture mode, with both set at ISO 400 (the negative film speed in the Nikon), and 0.0 EV correction... and the XZ-1's lens zoomed out to match the angle-of-view of the lens on the Nikon... for me, either 35mm or 85mm.

In your opinion, can I trust the histogram on the XZ-1? If the histogram looks good, can I just transfer the speed and aperture settings to the old Nikon?

What do you think? Not looking for perfection, but will this work reasonably well?

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