Sekonic l398 meters, models easiest to read?

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  1. RichCrow

    RichCrow Member

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    My eye sight isn't what it use to be and with my recent return to film photography my ancient Norwood Director with the silver background and small numerals is becoming very difficult to read. I'm looking at the newer 398's especially the " M" and the "A" which along with a contrasting black background appear to have larger numerals on the dials. There are none local that I can try in my hand.

    Can anyone out there with either of these models and needing +2.00 or greater reading glasses offer some advice?

    BTW; I not interested in a digital meter
     
  2. Fred Aspen

    Fred Aspen Member

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    I currently use an M which has the larger numbers. I had the previous model that I purchased in '76 or so and it was difficult to read. Don't remember the specific model number of that one but it may have been the A. Best to look at the photos on eBay and you can quickly find out which models will work for you.
     
  3. Timestep

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    The current L-398 has the most readable dial of that classic, and should be bought new.

    ( I offer as my alternative The Gossen Digi-Pro F. which I now use. But I go right back to Norwood in 1955 and successor Seconic L- 398s; and still recommend them.).
     
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    The more expensive Sekonics have quite large and easily readable displays, which are also automatically backlit in low light. My eyes are not perfect, but I don't have any trouble reading the L758D without glasses (though adjusting filter compensation/baseline ISO ... those figures are quite small and I do need glasses to navigate them).
     
  5. RichCrow

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    Thanks for the replies everyone, I looked at several photos of the newer 398's last night and they certainly appear to have larger numerals that the earlier versions. I'll keep an eye out on Ebay and the local shops for one.