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    Beginner Light Meter?

    Folks

    Another rookie question. I have never owned a light meter and am looking for a good beginner meter. Here is what I am hoping for:

    -under 50 bucks off of eBay
    -reflected and incident light meter;will be using it with my newly purchased Rolleicord IV
    -mostly outdoor work, but might shoot indoor once in a blue moon
    -don't have a flash with the Rolleicord
    -mostly black and white film

    Do I need a spot meter at this point in time?

    Any ideas? I have been looking at the Luna Pro, but I hate these old battery system. Wouldn't mind a AA battery powered meter. Thoughts?

    Thanks in advance for helping me get my APUG legs.

    Huram

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    What I started with was an old Brockway meter (Sekonic rebrand). It was great. Later on I got into a few other meters, but for simplicity it was hard to beat the Sekonic incident meter.

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    Congratulations on getting the Rollei. I love my Rolleiflex! I have a Luna Pro and just buy what they call hearing aid batteries for it. Works great and is very accurate. IMHO using a spot meter with a roll film camera is of very limited value. Unless you had a Blad where you have 3 backs. One for normal dev, -1 and +1 devs.

    The Rollei is truly magical. You will love the photos you get from it.
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    If you are at all serious about photgraphy, a good handheld light meter is likely to be one of the best investments in a photographic assessory you'll ever make. I would advise that you save up a little more money and get a really good one. You'll not regret it.

    That said, I bought a Gossen Luna Pro Digital F a few years ago. It takes a double A battery (or two?) and is quite possibly, the first and last handheld light meter I'll ever own.
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    Another vote for the Luna Pro. Cheap, easy, basic and considering I have not screwed mine up it is definately fool proof.
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    Don't know what they go for on ebay, but the Luna Pro F I have uses the standard 9V rectangular battery, which lasts a long time. It also meters flash, and accumulates multiple flashes, and has a Zone System scale. I've had it since '82, and even left it outside in the snow and rain for a week when my young child had an emergency a couple of years ago. It's still working fine.
    (I normally don't abuse my equipment like that.)

    Lee

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    I agree with Canuck'
    a sekonic incedent meter is of value to you.

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    I also like Gossen Luna Pro's. I have the F which is great in studio, as well as being one of the most sensitive meters available for low light and night photography.

    OTOH I have always wanted the sekonic 508 (I think thats the number) flash/reflective/incidence and semi-spot.

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    I'll put in another recommendation for the Gossen Luna Pro F. It's quite a good workhorse.

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    Good Evening,Huram,

    Another vote for the Luna-Pro.

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