I Have a Pentax Spotmeter 1/21 looking at something newer....MAYBE!

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  1. Shaggysk8

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    Hello,

    Ok I have a Pentax Spotmeter 1/21 I got it cheep and it works but for low light its about 2 stops off and is also very big, I love using a spotmeter I only shoot roll film but it all works for me so I want to stay with a spotmeter.

    So my question what should I do, is there something smaller, stick with what I have or can the low light senser be sorted in some way?

    Paul
     
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    they of course can be repaired. if this is the analogue one (has a needle running on a scale rather than a digital readout), you are right. it's a bit large. if you can find a pentax digital, they are much smaller ...
     
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    I tired of the 'old meter' route after spending good money on old 'stuff'.

    I should have got my sekonic l-758dr right away and saved money, time and frustration.

    Bought it and have never looked back.
     
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    My spotmeter cost me £30 so not to much spent, Sekonic seems to be the way most people go, do they do just a spotmeter not an all in everything one
     
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    PS I really like the dial on the pentax, or do you think I can do with out it?
     
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    Sekonic does not have a dedicated spot meter. The combination meters they make, however, are very good and will take care of any situation you need.
     
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    I would buy a second hand camera, I bought all my cameras second hand, but I wouldn't buy a second hand light meter, it's too important to me to take chances.
     
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    Do you need a spot meter? Have you looked at the Gossen Digisix and Digiflash? They are very small and light.
     
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    Well I like using a spot meter even for roll film I can judge where everything comes out I don't use the full zone system but I use what I can.

    Sounds like a Sekonic is a good all in one
     
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    I like the Pentax digital spotmeter with a zone system sticker on it. Very quick and easy and intuitive to use.

    Jon
     
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    I have both a Zone VI modified Pentax V and a non modified digital. I ALWAYS pick up the analog meter.

    Mike
     
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    Ok then mike I have the older pentax 1/21 should I get it fixed, also why do you always go for the older one?
     
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    I just bought a Pentax Digital (used) and did so because I wanted something which did one thing well- measure light. I still have my Sekonic L-558, but it was a PITA to use with all the bells and whistles. If you don't mind carrying the owners' manual and consulting it to figure it out, a Sekonic is fine- think of it as the metering equivalent of a sophisticated DSLR in terms of menus. I wanted to take a reading quickly and take the picture, not try to remember which menu to be using, what the numbers indicated, which button to push, etc. The Pentax does its job well. YMMV.
     
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    I've read stuff about the annoying bells & whistles of the fancier Sekonics, but after using my L-758 for a couple of months now, I haven't found that at all - it's really simple and intuitive and I (to my surprise) think I am metering better because of it. I'm not sure that I'd buy the $$$ profile thingy for it and go down that road, but it is a great spot and incident meter. The dual ISO thing alone is handy when you're shooting two different emulsions (often colour 160 and TXP 320 for me). I've stopped using my Luna Pro, which I absolutely loved.

    Marc
     
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    Hi,
    I've got a sekonic L 358 best things since canned beer. Spot attachment and remote sensor. Groovy stuff
     
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    I like the analog scale, I can see the scale better and moving the meter around the scene it is easy to see the range.

    I don't know anything about the 1/21, so can't advise if it is worth fixing or not.

    Mike
     
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    how about a Soligor Spotmeter?
     
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    I'd be a little cautious with the Soligor spot. Fred Picker indicated they sent more back than they kept to modify due to poor QA.

    Mike