'Old style' flash meter - how to use?

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  1. Murray@uptowngallery

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    Hello:

    How does one use the 'old style' (analog) flash meters?

    Thanks
     
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    What kind of 'old style' flash meter are we talking about?
     
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    Like a Wein meter? They are still made. You could write to them for an instruction manual. Most manufacturers will give you one or a photocopy if it's out of print for a small service charge.
     
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    Yeah, like a Wein type.

    I don't own one, but see them around.

    I own flashes I have never use and figure it would be a good idea to learn how. Since I'm concentrating so hard on learning how to control exposure with natural light, I might as well try to be as careful with flash.

    I just wanted some background on the old analog types vs the new all-in-one digital types as far as what they actually measure.

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    Murray
     
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    Oh, and sorry for posting it in the wrong group.

    I think I assumed I would be able to direct it regardless of where I was when I posted it, but that was not the case.

    M
     
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    You could get a Minolta Flashmeter III for around $100. I use one, and find it's pretty reliable. It can take incident readings (ambient or flash) or you could add a 5-degree finder for reflected readings, and there are other accessories that may be of interest, like a flat diffuser for copy work or for determining contrast ratio with multi-light setups and a booster unit for groundglass or through the viewfinder readings. All Minolta Flashmeters and Autometers from the Flashmeter III to the Flashmeter V use the same accessories.
     
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    I've never used one personally but have heard good reports on the Sheppard Flash meter. I think they are fairly reasonable but I beleive they are only flash meters and that's all.
     
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    Yes - I've got one - what shall I say? It works. Flash only, incident only, very cheap, quite precise. At least the one I have (FM77? I'll have to go and have a look)...