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    Exposure Meters for Printing - Do you use them?

    Hi,

    I was wondering how many of you use any of the exposure meters available out there?

    I've always gone the test-strip route and was wondering what case, if any, you could make for using a meter? Is it something that should be used in conjunction with teststrips?

    Sorry about the beginner question, its just something I've been wondering about,

    Thanks,

    Peter.

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    Have been using a RH-design zone-master for about half a year. Never looked back since... My first prints are in about 70% of the cases perfect. Never had that percentage when doing test strips.

    Huub

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    Yes i have a Durst L1200 with MultiGraph head. I use the meter exclusively. Works great. I get a first print that's within 1/3 of a stop on the first shot almost every time.

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    My set-up is somewhat basic but accurate nonetheless. I use a Gossen Profisix with a LAB attachment. It doesn't store readings and one has to interpret the reading to a degree. I mainly use it for small 'work' prints or snaps. I've never used it for my best quality work, though with an RH analyser that may change. BLIGHTY
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    I still use my Ilford exposure meter. Gives me a quick and reasonabley accurate ball park starting point.

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    I use one for colour. The thing has a B&W mode but to be honest I enjoy test strips more. If I was in a production enviroment with every second meaning money then I'd use the meter. But since I'm not the meter just isn't that important to me.

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    I use the Ilford EM10 too - saves me a lot of trial and error. I still do test strips and a lot of trial and error, but at least I have a good starting point and can concentrate on perfection instead of just getting an image...
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    My contact sheet is my meter. It is made at 11x14 setting for head height. Subtract one stop for 8x10, two for 5x7, 3 for 4x5. Add one for 16x20.

    2 1/4 and 4x5 have similar ratios but I have to check my darkroom wall as I do not print these sizes as often.

    If you expose and develope properly, every contact comes out the same. My Chromega color/exposure meter sees little use.

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    Hmm, so, mixed feelings I see. I just thought that I would be able to get in the ball park better with a meter. I find that a test strip, unless its a whole sheet, is a bit hard to interpret (for me, of course). And I don't like to (or rather can't afford to) use a whole sheet of paper evey time before my actual print - just seems wasteful for everyday printing. Well, I think I may be a meter customer - now, is there a huge difference, for my purposes, between a really cheap Ilford and some more advanced meters? I know you usually get what you paid for, but you don't buy a bus if you live alone - if you know what I mean

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    I don't use one...but I wonder if I could use my ordinary light meter for this purpose.

    I own a Sekonic meter that handles both reflected and incident readings.

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