Shoe-mounted light meter options?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by theoldsmithy, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy FF Regular

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    Martin Connolly
    Hi all
    it would be quite nice to get a light meter that fits in the accessory shoe on my Zorki. The only ones I have seen on eBay are pretty expensive. Does anyone know of a cheaper option (say under £50)?

    Edit...turns out there are loads of cheap options. I just had to phrase the search correctly!
     
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  2. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Matt
    How? ;)

    M.
     
  3. theoldsmithy

    theoldsmithy FF Regular

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    Martin Connolly
    I was looking for 'hotshoe light meter'...I changed it to 'shoe light meter' and quite a few turned up at bargain basement prices. Some of them even claim to work! I've put a bid in on one of them that looks quite neat.
     
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  4. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Matt
    Thanks for that - seems you are right.

    I'm actually think about getting a modern meter of that type - there are three very nice ones, but obviously more expensive than your margin:
    - Sekonic L-208
    - Gossen Digisix 2 (or even Digiflash 2 - including, well, you know what ...)
    - Voigtländer VC Meter II

    Of those, the Sekonic is clearly the cheapest, the Voigtländer clearly the most desirable; the most competent, of course, will be the Gossen Digiflash.

    But I'm really thinking of the Sekonic because it's sufficiently small and doesn't break the bank. That said, I have handheld meters (two very good ones, one of them the not-too-expensive Sekonic L-308S that usually accompanies meterless cameras - though I hardly ever use it: Sunny 16 ...). For flash and spot, I prefer the Gossen Variosix F - quite old already, but still very, very competent and accurate.

    M.
     
  5. kennethcooke

    kennethcooke FF Veteran

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    I bought a Gossen Spotmeter, hand held though, hot she wise, a Leica Meter might fill the bill, I used to have one on the M4 that I owned, however I guess I still enjoy to use my Weston Euromaster from time to time, it's old school but it works and never needs a battery.
     
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  6. MoonMind

    MoonMind FF Veteran Subscribing Member

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    Matt
    If you can find a working one, the Leicameter models are fantastic - the problem is that those CdS cells degrade over time. The CdS meter in my Zeiss Ikon Contessamatic E works like a charm - so it's possible to find a fully functional one. Curiously, even ones that ceased working seem to fetch $50 on Ebay - go figure ...

    N.B. That Weston looks really nice - compact and functional ...

    M.
     
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  7. phigmov

    phigmov FF Veteran Subscribing Member

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    I have a Sekonic 328 as a handheld light meter - its pretty good but I've been experimenting more and more with Sunny 16. I'll take a reading at the beginning of the session and then just adjust manually depending on individual shots. Seems to work well with B&W and Colour Negative - a fair bit of exposure latitude in the film. I meter every single time for Slide-film - very unforgiving!

    I came across a DIY light-meter a few years ago - worth printing and stashing in your wallet:
    Sliding Card Exposure Meter
     
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