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Sell recent CLEd M3 and buy M6? lightmeter is only reason
I would...but I always prefer a built in light meter.
What other cameras do you have? I sold my M6 and picked up an M4 because I wanted something different from my M9. Meterless cameras changes the way you shoot... or at least the way I shoot. Sometimes I like the more contemplative style that shooting a meterless camera requires.
If it were me, I'd buy a Voigtlander VC Meter II and keep the M3. When I go meterless (hasselblad) I'll take a meter reading and shoot it until the light changes and then just open up or stop down depending on need. So you can have a shoe mounted meter and it doesn't get in the way of shootin'.
I carry a light meter with me regardless of what camera I have with me.
When the batteries die on both of my M6s, I won't replace them.
Advice? Get an M2 or M4/P.
When I am shooting with a manual camera with an internal meter, like my OM-1n, I spend a lot of time adjusting the exposure. When I have an external meter for, say my M4-P, then I meter the scene and set the shutter and aperture accordingly, and make adjustments on the fly. It's much faster for me to shoot with a camera without that meter in the viewfinder always telling me what to do!
Me, too. I like my M3 without meter, especially since I started shooting with a wide-angle lens. I take incident readings now and then, but then I just keep shooting til it seems the light changes. I'll never sell my M3, or my Summaron 35/2.8!
What Chris said. It took me years to ignore the red LEDs in the M6 viewfinder. That said, I am glad I have it and I use it and it is a very good meter and when I take that out with a 35 I carry nothing else. With the M2 I take my Gossen, but if I am out in predictable light I won't take a meter at all. The M6 is a great camera, but I would miss my M2 which is a much finer thing. The Leica M6 is an uncomplaining work horse. All those dabates about which is the best M - I have the M2 and the M5, two serious contenders - should be decided in favour of the M6. Notice I haven't actually given any advice.
While having the ability/skill to get good pictures without a light meter is a good one to have, as a person who currently has a camera with a broken light meter-- Get the M6. I used my friends the other week and it was so nice to have the internal light meter available for when I needed it.
But, if you can swing it, keep the M3 AND get the M6. The M3 is pretty tops, IMO.
The light meter app for the iPhone works as well as any other light meter. And if you own a iPhone, it's automatically always with you. Since I realized that, I'm indifferent to any camera's light meter.
Get the M6. Besides the meter it has the 35mm frameline (+28mm frameline) and carry a spare battery instead of a meter. Street shooting is fast and sometimes moving from location to location will change the reading.
I variously use sunny16, the pocket lightmeter app and a VC II shoe mount light meter with my M3. All three methods provide adequate exposure data for tri-x or similar. If in doubt, over expose. I also frame using the whole VF on my M3 for 35mm focal length. After years of SLRs with built in light meters, I find I now usually set and forget with very few 'negative' consequences.
You may also be able to get a refurbished Leica MR meter for your M3. They are not that popular on this forum, but have the advantage of coupling to the shutter speed, cover a pretty wide intensity range, and they are of course "original". I got mine from QLM (Mr. Milton) and have been very happy with it.
That said, the VC shoe meter is the quick and easy alternative.
I probably would - the built-in light-meter is extremely practical to me.
Keep the M3, add the M6. Great pair.
M6 0.85, maybe; but nothing is built like an M3.
I sold an M6, and kept the M3. Actually, I bought another M3. I get better metering and faster shooting with and external meter, so I prefer to work that way. Clearly some here feel the same, and others find the opposite to be true. Which one are you? YMMV.
:D thank you all for advices but I will keep my M3...With Summicron DR is great combination. Cheers
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