Old 11-13-2019   #41
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It's amazing what you can get away with in terms of exposure settings. I have 4 Barnaks and even after a service the shutter speeds are not particularly accurate. Anything from 0-0.5 stops over is typical PLUS 0-0.5 stops taper. Sometimes, particularly at 1/500th, the overexposure on one side of the negative nudges 1 stop! Even so, I have never noticed any effect on a print. If you have an average overexposure you just get a dense negative and the print exposure has to be longer. Underexposure is a different matter if its so great that you lose shadow detail ('expose for the shadows, print for the highlights' is the well known mantra). You can still get a print, you just lose contrast. I use a hand held light meter but usually just to get an idea of the exposure and usually when I am not about to take a photo. If conditions change e.g. cloud cover arrives, I check again. After a while you get an idea of what the day is doing.

Yes, a huge range. If unsure err on the side of overexpose and you will likely be fine. For those unsure about this check out:

https://carmencitafilmlab.com/kodak-400tx-vs-400-t-max/

and look at the exposures on TMAX 400. Anywhere from -2 to about +4 or +5 and you have a workable image.

Digital is the complete opposite. An ISO invariant camera has a wide range of underexposure and will have a workable image. Shooting RAW of course.


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Old 01-09-2020   #42
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I'm surprised people saying it's not a daily user. For one, who uses a camera daily anymore, with film? For two, in the 30s people used them fine. Three, why do you need the slow shutter speed dial, do you USE a tripod and slow shutters? Four, you don't need a TTL light meter, in the 30s-50s meters were not very accurate at all. And so on. If YOU want to use a II Leica, you will be able to. I have.
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Old 01-09-2020   #43
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I'm surprised people saying it's not a daily user. For one, who uses a camera daily anymore, with film? For two, in the 30s people used them fine. Three, why do you need the slow shutter speed dial, do you USE a tripod and slow shutters? Four, you don't need a TTL light meter, in the 30s-50s meters were not very accurate at all. And so on. If YOU want to use a II Leica, you will be able to. I have.
That about sums it up! 1/20 second is plenty good enough for hand-held!
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If I'm out and it's a grap shot, no meter. But indoors or
setting something up, meter. I like the Minolta Spotmeter F.
It's fast and does flash spot as well.
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This is with a Leica II and a nickel Hektor 50mm f/2.5 at full aperture.

Printed on gelatine/silver paper (Adox MCC 110).

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This is with a Leica II and a nickel Hektor 50mm f/2.5 at full aperture.

Printed on gelatine/silver paper (Adox MCC 110).

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