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    I have been using F-1 cameras for about twenty years. When I ran out of mercury batteries, I went to the CHRIS MR-9, and my meters stayed accurate, across the scale.

    Later I had Ken Oikawa, former Canon technician and F-1 specialist, tune up an F-1n body. He converted the camera to use a 1.5 volt 625 battery. This is the standard conversion that Canon recommended. But this left the meter accurate only in the middle of the scale. It called for underexposure in high light values, and overexposed in low light values. Ken then studied an MR-9 converter with the camera, adjusted the meter for that, and concluded that in fact the meter was indeed more accurate across the scale with the MR-9 adapter.

    So I have concluded that for me it is totally worth the price of an MR-9 adapter to provide an accurate, dependable meter on such a fine camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmcd View Post
    So I have concluded that for me it is totally worth the price of an MR-9 adapter to provide an accurate, dependable meter on such a fine camera.
    I would agree if I had only one camera to fill with batteries. But with the number that I would need (sometimes I shoot three cameras at once of I am on a trip), I could buy an excellent light meter (or two), and get better exposures to boot.

    I don't even really bother to fill my old Canons or Nikons with batteries any more. Every now and then, I decide I should go ahead and put batteries in. But most of the time, if I decide that I would benefit from an in-camera meter, I just bring my compact and lightweight AE-1P, and use that to meter for all the cameras. (I also carry a 4x5 gray card with me.) I got two AE-1Ps for $45 shipped, each with a clean 50mm f/1.8 lens. That is as much as one of those adapters.

    If the battery adapters were $10 instead of $40, I'd get at least five of them. And if I only had one camera that I used regularly, I'd pay the $40. But neither of those are the case.
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