Polaroid Cameras and Meters

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  1. Ektagraphic

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    This may be a stupid question that I will be able to answer myself, but I can't figure out why many of the fully automatic Polaroid packfilm cameras usually have a meter next to them when you buy them. I just bought a colorpack that is fully automatic, but yet I also got a meter with it. I have noticed this with many of the cameras on ebay

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    eFlay sleaze or ignorance?
     
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    It is one way to get of lightmeters that nobody else want.......

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    I have seen this at yardsales too...not just ebay....
     
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    I have a Polaroid meter 625, and it is actually quite an accurate little meter. All you need is a EV conversion table.
     
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    I do have the 625 and it is very accurate. I checked it with my brand new Sekonic.
     
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    I would suspect that in the "old" days everyone was sold/bought a meter with their camera purchase so we now see them as everyone is clearing out the cupboards on Ebay etc. Possible theory?
     
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    That is verry well posible.
    If you have a good working one: keep it, just in case you buy a RB67 or any camera without a build-in lightmeter in the future.
    The more expensive lightmeter for flash and spot can always be bought later than.

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    So these meters just end up with the cameras? I'm not missing anything?
     
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    I don't know..... they were probably bought for the Polaroids without lightmeters, the bellows type.
    The later point and shoot were all automatic of some sort: fixed focus and so on.....

    Peter