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Light Meters

As we go farther back in time, cameras were less and less likely to have built in exposure
metering, even the match-needle non-auto-exposure type. Even today many cameras for
larger film formats do not have built-in meters. Ye Olde Photographer started with the
"Sunny 16" method, but soon yearned for a more precise measure.

Meters, at least some of the older ones, made use of very delicate mechanisms, having to
replace one wasn't much of a surprise. And then sometimes Ye Olde Photographer just got
the itch to have a more advanced set of features.

What we see here starts with the most recent acquisition and walks backwards through time.
Some of those shown here are no longer functional, or hampered by the fact that mercury
cells are no longer available. That problem can be addressed in various ways, but we were
ready for some newer technology for other reasons anyway.

The latest to arrive is a fancy spot, ambient & flash meter. YOP was inspired to
re-photograph the various meters with a 120 rollfilm box for size comparison.

Sekonic L-508
Sekonic L-508
L-508 In Hand
L-508 In Hand
Gossen Digisix
Gossen Digisix
Digisix in Hand
Digisix in Hand
Digisix On Perkeo II
Digisix On Perkeo II
Digisix on Argus C3
Digisix on Argus C3
Gossen Pilot
Gossen Pilot
Gossen Super Pilot
Gossen Super Pilot
Gossen Lunasix
Gossen Lunasix
Waltz Coronet B
Waltz Coronet B