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    Seeking Yashica 124g advice, rely on internal meter?

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    I am taking a long anticipated trip to Korea next month and I will be bringing a Yashicamat 124g that I specifically purchased for the occasion. I have many years experience with Rolleiflex cameras, but they have risen up so much in value that I didn't want to worry about as we move about the countryside on public transit. I will be shooting Kodak Ektar color negative film and a variety of black and white film including Agfapan 100 and T-Max 400. I have tested the Yashica's built-in meter and it seems remarkably accurate. However, I am more familiar with hand metering, either with a Sekonic incident meter or a Gossen Luna-Pro. I don't really have room to take something along "just in case" so should I rely on the camera's internal meter or take along the tried and true? Any thoughts would be appreciated.

    Garet

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    I would take the hand meter, because as you say it is "tried and true". The built-in meter would then be there as a backup in case of emergency.
    Matt

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    Welcome to APUG Garet.

    The meter in my Yashica 124 is surprisingly accurate but I prefer to use a hand held meter usually a Luna Pro, or one of my spotmeters mainly because I've usually got an LF camera with me as well.

    Ian

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    The meter in the Yashica was intended to run on a 1.35v mercury cell. Do you have substitutes, or has it been recalibrated to run on 1.5v silver cells? Will the camera be reliable, i.e. has it had a recent CLA?
    I'd bring a backup of some sort.

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    Actually I have a small stash of 1.35v mercury cells in the freezer, and I plan on buying a few in Korea (where I understand they are still sold). The camera hasn't been CLA'd, but I've run half-a-dozen rolls of film through it and it seems to be accurate under a variety of lighting conditions.

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    If you are comfortable moving to reflected metering that the 124G does, go for it. But the switch from incident to reflected isn't minor in my opinion.

    Any travel is a crap shoot on equipment. I would find room for an external meter and not even use the 124 meter, but I don't like reflected metering. There are also things like Fred Parker's Ultimate Meter- http://www.fredparker.com/ultexp1.htm Print one or two out as backup, less room than a separate meter?

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    Take a hand-held along just in case. My 124 G metre is reasonable but I don't trust it. As for Korea,

    I understand that countries still making mercury cells are using a different composition and the new cells

    are not 1.35 V anymore. I too have a stash of the old ones.

    Best regards,

    /Clay

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    I have two of these amazing cameras. Was very doubtful about relying on the built-in meter for years, but when checked against a Weston Euro Meter and the meter in my digital camera, they all gave the same result. I am still using a 1.35v battery though.

    Now I always rely on the built-in meter and get super results with both negative and reversal films.

    Have a good trip

    Alan

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    Bring the handheld with and you can start comparing readings when you have time!
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    I think I will be the fourth or fifth one to also say bring the meter with you. For the very small amount of room it will take, bring it. I assume you are also planning on "carrying" the camera on board and not packing it away for the journey?

    Please let us know how the Korean battery thing works/looks like. I have friends that go there occasionally and could pick a small number of them up for us for an APUG only sale....love my 124G!!

    Bob E.
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