Wow, how does that work? Do you compose and focus wide open, and then meter and shoot stopped down?
Focus and compose wide open, then turn the ring on the lens to the pre-selected aperture (which you set manually), and shoot, and then open it up for the next shot. High speed shooting (3, 5 or 10 frames per second) wasn't even dreamed of then.
The camera had no light meter. Sunny 16 was the most accurate; that and a slide rule type calculator - by the way, one of the posters here has it available and it can be printed and assembled - still very useful. I think it's Hermeteo or 20DRoger.
For example, there were suggested settings for moonlight shots, candlelight shots, etc.
I was well off - I had a Sekonic incident light meter - which works very well - and in fact was the choice of pro photogs as I recall.
Those were the good old days perhaps, but I'm not nostalgic. But I will say, we learned a lot more about light, shutter speeds, f/stops, and film speed than anyone buying an automatic digital today.
Oh yes there was no auto focus either.
AF came along later and was for sissies.