Favourite design for a lightmeter

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  1. cliveh

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    Hmm, an interesting suggestion but nowhere near as interesting as your reasons for nominating the Sixtry. Do tell, at length if you please. We could all learn something.
     
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    Well, you have two kinds of design

    -) the kind of scale/kind of reading

    -) the outer form/kind of arrangement of actuators


    Concerning the first issue I prefer the zero-adjust or placing-the-result system like in the Gossen Profisix (and others)
     
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    I like the design and it's functions.
     
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    And it looks like it also gives a close shave. I'd say the Luna Pro.
     
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    Oh, don't be so coy. Tell us about the design and the functions and why you like them. Let's share some knowledge around.
     
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    I like the roller blind cover for incident readings and the side variations for light spectrum analysis, also the ergonomic shape and size for the way it fits in your hand.
     
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    First you must specify a design for what type of light meter? Incident, spot, wide angle reflective, continuous light, flash or combination of them??
     
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    No you don't, as many meters have many or all of these functions.
     
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    hmmm...
     

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    Not that aesthetics have no impact on me but I would prefer a modern digital meter with an AA battery power supply. It should read both incident and reflected and have a lock the reading feature. Compact would be nice too. Instead I have a Gossen Pilot I bought used for $9, good modern meters cost more than I can spend.
     
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    I kinda like the Gossen Digiflash it's small and portable and only weights 40g on the other hand from a design point of view I always liked the older Minolte Viewmeter 9 (Spotmeters).
     
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    My vote goes to the latest incarnation of the Minolta Autometer V1, the Kenko KFM 2100 http://www.kenkoglobal.com/kfm-2100.html it's the most versatile and accurate meter for film photography I've owned in more than fifty years of photography, it has so many useful for the film photographer they are almost too numerous to mention.
     
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    It's on my wish list, but can't decide between this one and the Starlite 2 from Gossen.
     
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    I am quite happy with my Zeiss Ikon Ikophot. Simple to use, doesn't use batteries and cheap enough to throw away if it should ever stop working.
     
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    The hands are four minutes out of synch.:wink:
     
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    I have the Minolta Flashmeter VI and I like it very much but I am not sure I would consider it as the best design.
     
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    I dont care for spot meters, for the most part I find them bulky, I my perferance for day light either the Weston Ranger 9, not a true spot meter but easy to use with the viewfind or Weston Master V or VI, no battery, very good in bright to dim lighting, easy to read and set up, or in very dim lighting or night the Gossen Luna Pro S. Having said this I do use a spot meter on occassions when I shot using the Zone system.
     
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    I would like something like the Gossen Profiflash/Lunasix F;

    Shrunk to 2/3 of its size;

    Using AA batteries;

    That replaces the meter movement (needle) with a multi-segment digital display that appears analogue in nature, and lights up when needed.
     
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    The Gossen Sixtry , what a meter! Talk about art deco!
     
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    I'm using an older Zeiss Ikon Ikophot T. It takes a 9-volt radio/smoke detector battery, can be used with either the left or right hand and can do incident or reflective metering.

    It has no meter needle to be knocked out of calibration - just two small glow bulbs. It's accurate, and the battery lasts a long time -- like several years under moderate use. It's brilliantly simple in its design and to use.

    I think the Weston Master III is very handsome with its brushed-steel case, but the many small numbers on its dial make it difficult to use, especially in dim light. But a selenium meter isn't the best tool for dim light.
     
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    I have a fondness for my Weston Master II w/Invercone. Checked it against the meter in my D90 (manual lens) yesterday and it's dead nuts on.