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    Pentax 1°/21° Spot Meter

    I'm considering bidding on a used Pentax 1°/21° spot meter on Ebay. Does anyone know how reliable and accurate those spot meters are?

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    Very accurate & reliable, I've had mine for 25 years.

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    Pentax made the best in my opinion. But what do I know? Grin.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

    http://www.walterpcalahan.com/Photography/index.html

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    Thanks guys. I did a google search for pentax spot meters and found that they're pretty good, but I wanted some opinions from APUG before I made my decision

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    They're great and easy to use. Learning how to interpret the readings properly, that's the difficult bit!

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    you just need to decide if you want the digital or the analog. And if you want the analog I think you want the second version which doesn't need the cap left on to save the battery. I first got a new analog and used it for 10 years and it never failed but it got lifted out of my car, so I bought a used digital and have continued to use it for 24 years though I think it might be miss reading a bit now. I prefer the digital for the reason that it fits in my pocket better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xtolsniffer View Post
    They're great and easy to use. Learning how to interpret the readings properly, that's the difficult bit!

    Yeah, that's what I thought when I saw the dials on the side. Is there a manual I can download on the internet, or will it be fairly self explanatory when I get it?

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    It's just a calculator dial similar to a luna-pro.
    Transfer reading to dial, twiddle with camera, take magnificent photo, wander off.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpurdy View Post
    you just need to decide if you want the digital or the analog. And if you want the analog I think you want the second version which doesn't need the cap left on to save the battery. I first got a new analog and used it for 10 years and it never failed but it got lifted out of my car, so I bought a used digital and have continued to use it for 24 years though I think it might be miss reading a bit now. I prefer the digital for the reason that it fits in my pocket better.

    My Polaris incident/reflected light meter is digital, and I like the digital output. I'd prefer a digital spotmeter, but I cant find one at a reasonable price
    An analog spotmeter might take me a while to learn how to use properly, but that's not a problem if it's just as accurate as a digital one (and I'm assuming they are...).

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Koehrer View Post
    It's just a calculator dial similar to a luna-pro.
    Transfer reading to dial, twiddle with camera, take magnificent photo, wander off.

    I've never use a luna-pro, so that really doesnt help much. If it's as easy to use as you say, even someone with my intelligence level will be able to use it.

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