Whilst many of my favourite cameras are electronic and require batteries to do anything, not just meter (hello Contax 139 Quartz, 159MM and 167MT!), I own half a dozen others that are fully mechanical and either require a battery just for the meter, or have no meter at all.
A couple of years ago I wouldn’t have thought it possible that I could use a camera without a light meter.
How would I have even the faintest clue how to set so many crucial manual controls – focus, aperture and shutter speed – to ensure I got any photographs at all, let alone reasonably exposed ones?
You’ve probably felt a similar anxiety and gone running back to the comforting security of Programmed AutoExposure modes.
Then, maybe a year ago I ventured out using a compact digital camera on aperture priority mode as a light meter.
I’d set the ISO of the digital camera to the same as the film I was using, the aperture of the digital to the same as my film camera (a Zorki-4 or Fed-3 at the time), then read the shutter speed from the screen when I pointed it at what I wanted . . .
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