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    Looking for info on a light meter...

    I was going through some of my equipment, old and newer, and I found a light meter That I had purchased used at my favorite camera store. It is a Gossen LUNA-PRO F, aparrently sold in the late 1970"s. It came without a manuel, or more than likely I lost it. I went to the Gossen Web Site and found a manuel that is close, but not the right one. Can anyone give me any help, history, cost when new etc. It is in pristeen condition and I am thinking about teaching myself how to use it. Any information will be deeply appreciated.
    Thanks again, Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveanalog View Post
    I was going through some of my equipment, old and newer, and I found a light meter That I had purchased used at my favorite camera store. It is a Gossen LUNA-PRO F, aparrently sold in the late 1970"s. It came without a manuel, or more than likely I lost it. I went to the Gossen Web Site and found a manuel that is close, but not the right one. Can anyone give me any help, history, cost when new etc. It is in pristeen condition and I am thinking about teaching myself how to use it. Any information will be deeply appreciated.
    Thanks again, Steve
    Dear Steve,

    First off you need the battery adapter to allow the use of modern silver cells. After that -- well, it's unbelievably simple. At the risk of appearing rude, if you can't figure out how to use it without the manual, I'm not sure the manual will help. I bought mine in the mid 70s and I don't think I ever had a manual.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Set the film speed(small dial). Position the meter where you wish to take a reading. Push the big red button (the small red button is the battery check). Turn the big dial until the needle is on "0". Speed and aperture relationships can now be read on the dial. You can push and hold the button again (it can be rotated to lock it down, if you desire) after the reading is set and by moving the meter about, read how many stops over or under a given area might be from the initial reading by watching the needle. Caution: observing the EV readings can lead to zoning out.
    Last edited by JBrunner; 11-04-2006 at 05:55 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear Steve,

    First off you need the battery adapter to allow the use of modern silver cells. After that -- well, it's unbelievably simple. At the risk of appearing rude, if you can't figure out how to use it without the manual, I'm not sure the manual will help. I bought mine in the mid 70s and I don't think I ever had a manual.

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    R.
    Thanks for your reply. Not to show my lack of knowledge, if you are refering to todays batteries, " modern silver cells", it already uses them. It uses a 9 volt. I am looking for a manual, for two reasons, one to help myself understand and fully use all aspects of the meter, and also to have a complete system for collective purposes. I will over look your rudeness, apparently we all aren't as smart as you. Thanks again for your reply, I wish I could say it helped. Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveanalog View Post
    Thanks for your reply. Not to show my lack of knowledge, if you are refering to todays batteries, " modern silver cells", it already uses them. It uses a 9 volt. I am looking for a manual, for two reasons, one to help myself understand and fully use all aspects of the meter, and also to have a complete system for collective purposes. I will over look your rudeness, apparently we all aren't as smart as you. Thanks again for your reply, I wish I could say it helped. Steve
    Dear Steve,

    I apologize for what you perceive as rudeness, and also for my mis-remembering: I was thinking of the original Luna-Pro, not the F, which I also have. Of course the F does not use silver cells, but as you say, a 9v battery.

    I'd still ask, though, why you need a manual. In incident mode it is used like any other incident meter; in reflected mode, like any other reflected meter. ANY book or web-site on metering technique should tell you all you need to know: I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'collective purposes'. There is a 'correction' ring, which is best left on '0'; a battery check (the little green button on the right); a flash/ambient button (on the left, in for ambient, out for flash). Press the big red button (upper left) to take a reading; use the dial to get a null reading. The ISO dial is not hard to figure; use the main index, or one of the Zone indices if you are reading a limited area (a spot meter is a better bet).

    With the exception of the gate time when mixing ambient and flash, for which I freeld admit you need the instruction book, I really don't see what there is on this meter to require further explanation.

    What do you need to know? I'll help if I can.

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrunner View Post
    Set the film speed(small dial). Position the meter where you wish to take a reading. Push the big red button (the small red button is the battery check). Turn the big dial until the needle is on "0". Speed and aperture relationships can now be read on the dial. You can push and hold the button again (it can be rotated to lock it down, if you desire) after the reading is set and by moving the meter about, read how many stops over or under a given area might be from the initial reading by watching the needle. Caution: observing the EV readings can lead to zoning out.
    Thanks for your reply, and the information, deeply appreciated. I start using it tomorrow, thanks again, JBrunner, Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    Dear Steve,

    I apologize for what you perceive as rudeness, and also for my mis-remembering: I was thinking of the original Luna-Pro, not the F, which I also have. Of course the F does not use silver cells, but as you say, a 9v battery.

    I'd still ask, though, why you need a manual. In incident mode it is used like any other incident meter; in reflected mode, like any other reflected meter. ANY book or web-site on metering technique should tell you all you need to know: I'm not quite sure what you mean by 'collective purposes'. There is a 'correction' ring, which is best left on '0'; a battery check (the little green button on the right); a flash/ambient button (on the left, in for ambient, out for flash). Press the big red button (upper left) to take a reading; use the dial to get a null reading. The ISO dial is not hard to figure; use the main index, or one of the Zone indices if you are reading a limited area (a spot meter is a better bet).

    With the exception of the gate time when mixing ambient and flash, for which I freeld admit you need the instruction book, I really don't see what there is on this meter to require further explanation.

    What do you need to know? I'll help if I can.

    Cheers,

    R.
    I apologize also I may have started out on the wrong foot. Thanks for your input, I will put in use tomorrow when I put it and me to the test, so to speak. I am anal about having the instruction manuals for all of my equipment, according to Gossen they list this meter as a collectable, so if it is actually that, it is worth more with it. Thanks again, and I will put my fangs away. Steve
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    Quote Originally Posted by steveanalog View Post
    I apologize also I may have started out on the wrong foot. Thanks for your input, I will put in use tomorrow when I put it and me to the test, so to speak. I am anal about having the instruction manuals for all of my equipment, according to Gossen they list this meter as a collectable, so if it is actually that, it is worth more with it. Thanks again, and I will put my fangs away. Steve
    Dear Steve,

    If you are happy to accept my apology, I cheerfully accept yours. I'll see if I can find an instruction book: I have two of these meters, bought new as part of a job lot when Paterson lost the Gossen distributorship (before regaining it again). I may have a box, too, though I really can't be sure. I've moved at least twice since then.

    We have completely different viewpoints about instruction books. As one who used to write them (for computers and software), my own view is that if a product needs an instruction book, it also needs redesigning until it doesn't...

    In any case, I have my doubts as to the value of a collectable/collectible meter, with or without instructions (opinions on the spelling vary).

    Cheers,

    R.

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    This should be the correct manual. The meter went by a slightly different name in Europe:

    http://www.gossen-photo.de/pdf/ba_lunasixf_e.pdf

    Lee

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Hicks View Post
    a battery check (the little green button on the right);
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    Roger is correct, it is green. Guess I zoned out. (working from memory, I gave mine away. A mistake I regret.)

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