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Thread: SBC - R.I.P.?

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    SBC - R.I.P.?

    So, after 33 years, 3 months and a couple of days (exact date of expiration is unknown), my beloved and trusty Gossen Luna Pro SBC has (apparently) decided to depart for photo gear heaven. A change of batteries (Duracell Copper Tops, right out of the package) elicited no response: the needle did not even deign to budge from its resting position. Is this chestnut worth repairing (vs picking up something more modern)? To my fellow Canadian APUGers (or my friends just south of the 49th): where would one send this device for an repair appraisal? BTW: The meter was a Christmas gift (1980) from my late parents, so there is, needless to say, more than a little sentimental value to the SBC.
    Some Nikons (F6, F5, F3P, F3HP, F2ASx4, F2A, F2 and a D800), with Ai/Ais Nikkors ranging from 15mm to 600mm; Leicas (M6X2), with Leitz glass from 28 to 90mm and a pair of Hasselblads (500c/ms), with Zeiss glass from 50 to 250mm. A bit of stuff for a no-longer practicing professional, but justifiable for a now-converted hobbyist who absolutely loves taking/making pictures.

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    They die? I have 3 and feel they are almost the perfect meter. I even use the monster 1, 5, 10 degree spot meter head on the one in my LF case.

    There is a guy in Los Angeles that only repairs meters and is highly respected. A little google-fu ought to reveal his identity.

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    Sometimes the rivets in the center of the 9V connection pins become corroded and voltage is not delivered to the circuitry inside. I would first suspect that or a broken wire leading from the 9V battery connector. I have two and they are built like tanks. A q-tip and some baking soda solution will clean out any corrosion on the connector. I had another device that the 9V connector failed with a cold solder joint on those connection pins.
    -Fred

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    bad wire or connector

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    Perhaps Quality Light Metric in LA can assist?

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    Thats them!

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    Fix it yourself. Got to Radio Shack and get a 9v connector and splice it in

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    If you aren't confident in attempting a DIY repair, Quality Light Metric in L.A. would be the place to send it. They don't have a website, so far as I know. You deal with them the old-fashioned way by phone and mail. But, they do good work and they are fast.

    The cost would probably be about the same as a replacement Luna Pro SBC in working condition would run, but that wouldn't be one your parents had bought you.
    Last edited by bdial; 04-05-2014 at 09:00 PM. Click to view previous post history.

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    You could send it to Gossen: http://www.gossen-photo.us/

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    I've communicated with Quality Light Metric by email. They don't have website, but they have a web prescence of sorts. PM me if you need me to look through my records.
    My Profisix was of the same sort of vintage and also recently died. I was using my other meters for a while, but ended up buying a Profisix F recently - for the flash meter function. I lose some low light sensitivity, but gain the built in flash capability.
    Matt

    “Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”

    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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