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Exposure meter suggestions

Discussion in 'photo' started by PaulMB, Nov 21, 2021.

  1. Derek Wright

    Derek Wright pfm Member

    I have a Zeiss Ikon Ikophot bought in 1960. I used it help with my very basic 35mm cameras until I bought a pair Minolta cameras in 1975. The Ikophot still appears to work, however I have not compared it to the meters in the Olympus cameras. The comments about the reliability of the Weston meters are quite reassuring as the Weston was my meter of choice in the 1960s however they were relatively expensive compared to the Ikophots
  2. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    I've discovered I have more than a dozen light meters! Picked up over 50 years in flea markets, ebay. or gifts from friends.

    1/ Gossen Lunasix 3 (working perfectly)
    2/ Gossen Lunasix 3 (battered and broken)
    3/ Weston Master V (Working perfectly)
    4/ Weston Master V (Working perfectly)
    5/ Weston Master V (Broken and jammed needle, I tried to open it to "mend" It)
    6/ Weston Master v (Dying cell, reads 2-3 stops down)
    7/ Gossen Sixtino (Working perfectly)
    8/ Gossen Sixtino (Working perfectly)
    9/ Gossen Sixtino 2 (Working perfectly)
    10/ Gossen Bix (Working perfectly)
    11/ Capital CDS (sort-of working)
    12/ Gossen Lunasix F (Now being calibrated)
    13/ Gossen Lunasix F (Broken beyond repair)
    14/ Sekonic L-308 Just bought brand new

    Maybe I should discuss it with my analyst.
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  3. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    At least you only have one analyst!


    3 exposure meters
  4. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    The two I use most are
    Sekonic L-308S Flashmate
    Sekonic L-478DR Litemaster Pro ,
    Very advance meter , You can also factor in filter compensation
    Have some older meters that are now more like ornaments
  5. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Yes, nobody wants the old ones, can't be bothered to sell them on ebay for a few euros, and can't really throw them in the rubbish, they were so beautiful, or cute, or handsomely made compared to the modern ones.
  6. eddie1

    eddie1 pfm Member

    The Minolta Flashmeters are very good.
    I’ve had my Model 3 for more than 30 years remains accurate and reliable.
  7. SteveG

    SteveG pfm Member

    I've had a Sekonic 408 for many, many years and that's excellent. I went with it instead of the 308 as it has a spot meter which was useful when I was doing zone system metering.
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  8. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Spot meters are great with digital too, where the aim is to protect the highlights.
  9. andrewd

    andrewd pfm Member

    I like using vintage cameras so I thought I would try a vintage light meter for the full experience, partly inspired by this thread. I bought a Weston V fully restored by Ian Partridge with a new Selenium cell installed. Not a cheap meter compared to what they can be bought for on ebay, but I wanted the piece of mind of a fully restored meter that should last for decades.

    I did some initial testing out the living room window on a late scottish afternoon and I was a bit surprised to find that the Weston over estimated the amount of light by nearly two stops compared to a bunch of other reliable meters. I did tilt the meter down to eliminate the bias from the sky. The reading on the Weston was around 7.5 with the low light baffle open.

    I will do some more testing in brighter conditions. It would be useful to hear the experiences of other Weston users about the reliability of these meters in low light conditions.
  10. Yank

    Yank Bulbous Also Tapered

    Who made the spot meter with a viewfinder, handle and trigger?
  11. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    Pentax ?
  12. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    I've seen his website, and the price, IIRC, is £179. So it should be accurate! I would discuss it with him if further tests confirm it is over-reading. 2 stops is a hell of a lot!
  13. gavreid

    gavreid pfm Member

    Could the EV to ASA conversion possibly be incorrect?

    There's a calculator and a chart lower down here
  14. PaulMB

    PaulMB pfm Member

    Or maybe your other meter is in "Incident Light" mode, while the Weston is measuring reflected light. That would account for 2 stops difference. But if it is really overmeasuring by 2 stops, it is worse than useless.
  15. narabdela

    narabdela who?

  16. vince rocker

    vince rocker pfm Member

    @andrewd Have you got a cone for the Weston?
  17. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    I have one . Lovely thing with it's original case
  18. andrewd

    andrewd pfm Member

    Yes it came with a cone in its case and a manual. It is in perfect condition. I just need to do some more testing to confirm that it is accurate.
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  19. andrewd

    andrewd pfm Member

    I was comparing to meters in cameras and also my Minolta spot meter. I will send it back to Ian to check if needed, but first I want to do some more thorough testing in lighting conditions closer to what I would be typically shooting in. I have two cameras that have been recently serviced with a meter calibration so it will be interesting to see how it compares to those cameras.
  20. andrewd

    andrewd pfm Member

    I doubt that since the conversion is hard linked in the calculator dial of the meter. The meter does not measure EV, but an arbitrary light value which is transferred to the calculator by rotating until the red arrow matches the measured light value. You can then read off EV and shutter speed/aperture combinations. I did double check that I had the film speed set correctly.

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