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Light Meter

27 May 2011 10:05PM
Am needing some recommendations for light meters to use with some old film camera's I've been given. Have heard that Weston Master V are good ones, anyone got one or used one what are they like? Also what are Leningrad meters like? Or any others i should be looking at?

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elowes Plus
13 2.8k United Kingdom
27 May 2011 10:14PM
Used both many years ago. Weston better quality with good results, Leningrad were very much cheaper but gave reasonable results. There are many modern types on the market which may be more accurate.
User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
27 May 2011 10:19PM
The old, good ones used Selenium as their 'core' measuring 'device' (note the quotes please Smile) and they fade with age and therefore their accuracy is questionable now i.e. 20/30years on.

The metering of a modern digital camera will be a better 'bet' to give you the Exposure Values sought to expose the film in your film camera (based on a film speed of 100 ISO). That said, there is still a lot to said for using the old baseline - 'Bright Sunlight = 1/125th @ f11' - and alter the EV dependent on the lighting conditions (again - based on 100 ISO [or ASA as was Wink])
13 7.1k 18 England
27 May 2011 10:39PM

Quote:The metering of a modern digital camera will be a better 'bet' to give you the Exposure Values sought to expose the film

Are you suggesting using a digital camera purely as, the light meter ? Wink
franken Plus
15 4.5k 4 United Kingdom
28 May 2011 8:03AM
thewilliam 9 6.1k
28 May 2011 11:12AM
At one stage Annie Liebowitz used a 35mm Nikon as a light meter and a medium format camera for taking the pix. Very sensible: because the meter systems in Nikon cameras are very good indeed and these days you could buy a good Nikon film body a lot cheaper than a top-end light-meter.

Hand meters are a mixed blessing. An unskilled user can be led to an exposure setting that's very wrong!
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
28 May 2011 1:24PM
You'll get a Leningrad-4 on eBay for 1 or 2.

Before I invested in a CdS Prism finder for my RB67, I used one.

Compared to the meter in my Nikon dSLRs it reads about half a stop slow, but that is consistent throughout the range and, in any case is well within the exposure latitude of film.
Sooty_1 Plus
7 1.5k 221 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 1:44AM
Sunny 16 rule:

Shutter speed = 1/ISO at f/16 in bright sunlight.

Sunny but hazy, f/11
Bright shade, f/8
Shadows on a sunny day, f/8
flat grey day, f/5.6
'orrible weather, rain, dull grey, f/2.8-f/4

Of course you can change the shutter speed to keep the exposure value constant.

If you have a meter in another camera, guess before you meter and compare it...within a couple of days you will only need to check your thoughts or if the light changes dramatically. You will be amazed at how consistent light levels are in this country.

Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
29 May 2011 3:58PM

Quote:Why not get one of these and try it out

I have a Weston EuroMaster which gives me good results.

Using colour transparency with Yashica TLR.

Using the Invercone.
Paul Morgan Plus
16 19.0k 6 England
29 May 2011 8:12PM
29 May 2011 10:03PM
A Sekonic with invercone facility and a flash metering mode is a good buy. the Weston meters are superb, but get one with an invercone attachment with it. This measures the light falling on the subject rather then reflected from it, far more accurate in some circumstances.
Just Jas Plus
16 26.2k 1 England
30 May 2011 12:33PM

Quote:I have a Weston EuroMaster which gives me good results...... Using the Invercone.

Great minds think alike? Grin
31 May 2011 10:38PM
Thanks everyone for the advice/recommendations. Am gonna give the sunny 16 rule a go whilst i save up for a light meter! Am off to Manchester friday so gonna take the camera and see what results i get
8 Jun 2011 5:53AM
See this URL for the Sunny f16 Rule taken to its conclusion

I have a Weston MAsterV which is excellent also a Sekonic L398 which I see is advertised in the UK magazine 'Practical Photography' for 135 GB pounds

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