alternative light meter question

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  1. myopia

    myopia TPF Noob!

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    i know this has been discussed before, but i could not find it in a search...

    can i use my digital point and shoot camera as a light meter for my mamiya 645 film camera? i dont see why not...

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  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    If you can set (or even check) the settings manually then you should be able to use the digi-cam as a meter. If you can set the digi-cam to display a histogram, I would suggest using that to judge exposure, rather than looking at the image on the LCD screen.
     
  3. Don Simon

    Don Simon TPF Noob!

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    I do this sometimes when I forget my handheld meter. Obviously its important to consider the differences though, for example with my digital p&s I always set exposure compensation to -1.0 because it doesn't like highlights at all, whereas this wouldn't be such an issue with negative film. As Mike suggests I find it better to use the histogram rather than the LCD image.
     
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    thanks a lot, i will be refering to the histogram.
     

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