Beginner's question on A vs. M :)

Started Feb 1, 2014 | Discussions thread
mais51 Senior Member • Posts: 1,946
Re: Beginner's question on A vs. M :)

olyflyer wrote:

regos wrote:

The constantly changing reflective meter is a big reason I use incident whenever possible, including at weddings. It just works better for me, but I also employ spot and matrix on occasion.

Do you use a handheld incident meter? I have several incident meters in the closet but I have never thought to use them with a modern digital camera. Are your readings more consistent, or more accurate than using the camera's reflected meter?

A hand held light meter is always better than the one in the camera, but it is not always possible to use it. It results in better exposure and nicer colour. Try it out, especially since you have a cupboard full with meters. I only have one.

Oly I don't know about better, I mean when was the last time you buy a new light meter, mine is the Gossen Lunar Six - it was OK back in the film days but I doubt it is better than the built-in meter of the D800.  Furthermore I think our shooting style has changed a lots - now people shoot in bust of 2 or 3 and in quick succession hoping one good photo out of that lot.  Film was expensive and limited supply, the fastest I could remember was the F3 motor drive @ 6 fps and you'd done your 36 exp cartridge in 6 secs - then what ? not many people had a 250 magazine back attached to their cameras.  On old day we had time to poke around now everyone with their cellphone cameras - taking photo no longer a privilege reserved for someone with a camera.

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