Film Shoe-mounted light meter options?

theoldsmithy

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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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theoldsmithy

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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.
 

MoonMind

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Matt
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.
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.
 

kennethcooke

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Aug 16, 2014
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Leeds West Yorkshire UK
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.
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.
 

MoonMind

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Dec 29, 2013
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Matt
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.
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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phigmov

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Mar 23, 2015
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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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