hot shoe exposure meter
was wondering if these exist?
I was sat wondering the other day, trying to decide between my hi-matic 7s or my zorki 4 and was disappointed not to choose the zorki, which I prefer, my reasoning was thus - in a pinch if I need to meter the minolta has it and I wont have to reach into my bag for the hand-held meter.
and as wondering tends to do, I was led to a place where I figured there must be a simple fix for this problem, to take away the need to choose, a little meter I could fit to my zorki hot shoe and never need to consider this again.
does such a wonderful thing exist?
cds or battery powered?
I used to hove one. There should still be some working ones around.
what am I looking for, did they have a specific name, manufacturer?
As i remember Cosina used to manufacture them for Bessa. Check out Cosina dealers, they may have them.
The currently manufactured Gossen Digisix has a threaded insert in the bottom and there is an optional shoe mount adapter (which costs about twice what it should) available.
I don't recall the model, but I believe it was Voigtländer that had a very small meter that mounted on an accessory shoe.
Cosina/Voigtländer has the VC meters. They go for a pretty penny on Ebay these days.
Just get a flash socket, flash adapter or whatever of that kind you can grab at a fleamarket ar alike, and mount the socket proper by screwing or glueing to that Digisix.
Originally Posted by DWThomas
The historic mount-on ones I can remember were selenium ones. But there are some sites on the net devoted to historic exposure meters, maybe you find there something apt to look for then.
thanks very much...
any that go for an ugly penny?
not looking for something too bells and whistles-y, just something to use in a pinch
Could get a Leicameter MC, cheaper than the Voigtlander, and probably less accurate. I've used both, prefer the Voigtlander, but it's quite pricey.
Easy solution: keep your handheld meter in your pocket or around your belt so it will always be within easy reach. To me incident meters are fundamental accesories and I wouldn't want to trade mine for an accesory shoe mounted one that one would inevitably use mostly in reflected mode, if it's got an incident option at all.