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    Quote Originally Posted by Atari1977 View Post
    So for the Gossen Luna-Pro, what's your solution for the fact that it originally used mercury batteries that are no longer available?
    Hearing aid cells, the zinc-air sort. I've posted about this many times, the search function will no doubt find you one of my posts. They work just dandy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atari1977 View Post
    So for the Gossen Luna-Pro, what's your solution for the fact that it originally used mercury batteries that are no longer available?
    Gossen also makes an adapter for modern batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    Gossen also makes an adapter for modern batteries.
    And the meters can be recalibrated for silver oxide cells. Yes, PX 625 cells are available in silver oxide; they'd last for years in a LunaPro.

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    Mine is the Luna-Pro F, which uses 9v batteries. It has a flash metering capability, which I've never used.

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    The MS 76/SR-44's that are in my adapter have been good for over 5 years.

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    I am very happy with the Pentax Spotmeter V, and since you have one, you have a benchmark to compare other meters with. I have been having a great time with the Weston Master (original and II) that I own but the dial isn't ASA so you DO have to know the conversion for your specific meter (there are variations between US and UK models)...

    But the price of the Sekonic 208 is low enough that it should not give you serious pause... It weighs so little that you can always justify carrying it... And it's new and will come to you guaranteed. I find it to be durable. At one point, either a minor defect or more likely after a knock, I found the the needle grazed the pointer and tended to get stuck but it was a simple repair just to push the needle back down. Obviously I've invalidated the warranty since then, but this is such a simply constructed meter that there is little that can go wrong with it.

    The ASA dial tends to move when carried carelessly, so always double-check the setting - or learn to judge light so that you can sense when it's set wrong.

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    Gossen Luna Pro F user here, uses common 9v batteries has incident, reflective, and flash, and is very accurate especially in low light. They can be had with the case for $50-75, also flash metering is kind of nice to have if you don't wanna fiddle with the calculator on the side of your flash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle M. View Post
    Gossen Luna Pro F user here, uses common 9v batteries has incident, reflective, and flash, and is very accurate especially in low light. They can be had with the case for $50-75, also flash metering is kind of nice to have if you don't wanna fiddle with the calculator on the side of your flash.
    Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atari1977 View Post
    So for the Gossen Luna-Pro, what's your solution for the fact that it originally used mercury batteries that are no longer available?
    Jon Goodman sells an inexpensive adapter for the hearing aid cells that makes them easy to use in place of the mercury cells. He is here on APUG, although he is best known for his camera seal replacement kits.

    And the adapters that work with silver oxide cells are an excellent investment as well.
    Matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Burk View Post
    I am very happy with the Pentax Spotmeter V, and since you have one, you have a benchmark to compare other meters with. I have been having a great time with the Weston Master (original and II) that I own but the dial isn't ASA so you DO have to know the conversion for your specific meter (there are variations between US and UK models)...

    But the price of the Sekonic 208 is low enough that it should not give you serious pause... It weighs so little that you can always justify carrying it... And it's new and will come to you guaranteed. I find it to be durable. At one point, either a minor defect or more likely after a knock, I found the the needle grazed the pointer and tended to get stuck but it was a simple repair just to push the needle back down. Obviously I've invalidated the warranty since then, but this is such a simply constructed meter that there is little that can go wrong with it.

    The ASA dial tends to move when carried carelessly, so always double-check the setting - or learn to judge light so that you can sense when it's set wrong.
    With the Weston 111 the dial is calibrated into ASA/ISO and from the 1V onwards the film speed is locked at what you set it to

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