Does the Pentacon Six TL have a light meter built in? If not, how does one measure light with it?


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The viewfinder on this camera is interchangeable. The waist-level (top-down) finder does not have metering. There are also non-metering prism finders, and version with a light meter built-in — the "TTL metering prism". ("TTL" for through the lens, of course.)

If you did not have a built-in meter, you would either use an external light meter or judge exposure based on experience. (See also: How did people calculate exposure in the pre-light meter era?)

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    \$\begingroup\$ Ahh, the days of interchangeable viewfinders! \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    May 6, 2018 at 5:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ @mattdm So viewing from the 'top' viewer, is not consider prism am I right? i.e. you need external light meter? \$\endgroup\$
    – neversaint
    May 6, 2018 at 7:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ @neversaid Yeah. Updated. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    May 6, 2018 at 14:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Be also aware that the Pentacon TTL metering prism only works with the original matte glass focus screens. If you have a Pentacon fresnel or a third party focus screen (which are usually much brighter than the original ones), the TTL metering prism won't measure correctly. \$\endgroup\$
    – jarnbjo
    May 7, 2018 at 11:45

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