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Old 02-22-2013   #41
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My VCII works quite well to get me within a stop, the rest is judgement.
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Old 02-22-2013   #42
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Lunasix 3 or "Sunny 16".
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Old 02-25-2013   #43
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Sunny-16 if it's obvious, voigtlander VC-II most often with the Canon-P. Looks almost like it belongs there.

I have a few larger meters that do get used, but those are my most common with 35mm cameras that need an external meter.
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Old 02-25-2013   #44
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I use a sekonic L-398. But I haven't needed it recently, working without a meter really isn't that hard.
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Old 02-25-2013   #45
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My 1934 Leica III kit contains a mid-1960's Toshiba "linear" CdS meter... vfairly compact for a hand-held, and similar in form and function to a Gossen Luna-Pilot.

My other "good" meter is a 1960's Gossen Luna-Six. version 1.

I have dozens of other meters - several Weston bakelite "bricks", in varying forms of function, Weston Master I, II, III, IV, V... several old Seikonics of varying models, the old metal GE DWY meters, the GE PR-1 (seem to be pretty reliable), several shoe-mount meters ( Walz, Leitz, etc) - all of them dead, couple of Norwood "Directors", and a Soligor Spot-meter.

Generally, when I'm shooting with my Barnack, I'll get a baseline reading from the meter, then use my head until the light or location changes.
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Old 02-26-2013   #46
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... Most recently, I've been using a Sverdlovsk 4 ...
Another user of the Sverdlovsk 4. Either that or a Weston Master IV.
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Old 03-03-2013   #47
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Welcome to the forum and congratulations!

I use this app for my Galaxy -

https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...WdodG1ldGVyIl0.

I tested it against my Gossen DigiPro F, and it was spot on as an incident meter. I like to keep it minimal as far as equipment goes, and this does the job pretty well.
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Old 03-03-2013   #48
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Old 03-14-2013   #49
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My Minolta IV got broken recently. I foun out that Pocket lightmeter aps work just fine. No need to carry extra equipment.
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Old 03-14-2013   #50
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What light meter do I carry with my LTM?

Mostly, the one between my ears. With negative film; and a modest amount of experience (a year or two sufficed); and erring always on the side of exposure when I'm not sure; it's worked pretty well for the last 40 years or so.

Never understood (or believed in) 'sunny 16', though.

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Welcome Jose and Congratulations on finding such a wonderful wife.

I used a Weston V with my FED-2 and while I was using color print film the exposures were excellent, never tried any other film. Weston meters are neat and really look the part.

My Nikon F will be arriving soon and I will have to make the same decision as you, except the F doesn't have a hot shoe to mount a meter on!

As long as the meter is accurate for B&W work I'll be happy and I might even consider using just my brain and see how that works for me.
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I've got two old Westons and a Leica meter that was attached to the M3.
Is it legitimate to test these against a present day camera like a D7000 to see how accurate they are?
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Old 03-14-2013   #53
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As long as you are metering the same way ... I guess the D7000 has some very fancy metering inside.

Go try it and see what happens, we will all wait patiently while you do !
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I carry the "pocket light meter" app on my iphone.
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Old 03-14-2013   #55
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Same here, the iphone app is really good for the price and i never leave home without it.
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Old 03-14-2013   #56
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Weston Master III which I would guess is just a little younger than the IIIf. I have a Gossen Digisix as well, which I hide under my shirt.....just in case.
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Old 03-14-2013   #57
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Old 03-14-2013   #58
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This one, I made the lens so don't freak out.

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Old 03-14-2013   #60
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Gossen Digisix, the same meter I use w/ a Leica M.
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Old 03-14-2013   #61
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Sometimes I just use Sunny 16, otherwise I'm usually also carrying either a film XA or digital LX3 camera in a pocket so I just use the meter in either of those.
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Old 03-14-2013   #62
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Gossen Digisix or Lunarsix - I have two dead Weston Master V's
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Old 03-15-2013   #63
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Another vote for the VC Meter II. Plenty accurate enough and it fits in the case while mounted on the camera (I use a Lowepro Lens Case 11x14 which has plenty of padding, fits a Barnack with room to spare, and also works for a Nikon S3 in a Luigi's half-case)
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Old 03-15-2013   #64
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Digisix - small, accurate.

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Old 03-15-2013   #65
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I'm another guesstimator. I used to shoot weddings on Nikon FM2's before moving to Leica's and got into the habit of guessing an exposure before validating in the camera meter. I chose those cameras because the battery only powered the meter so the shutter would still work just fine in case of battery failure...as a result I felt it was important to make sure I could keep functioning if there was a battery failure too.

I wanted to be sure that in the spur of the moment I could still get a decent shot while I fished for a spare battery so practiced fairly relentlessly for a long time.

Never needed it because of battery failure but it came in very useful on several occasions even with digital - when a registrar unexpectedly opens curtains just before the couple kiss you need to be able to judge that 6 stop exposure shift and be accurate enough not to blow the moment.

Digital made me lazy for a while if only because it limited my paranoia about second-guessing the meter, but I can still guess within a stop or so 9 times out of 10 which is good enough for tri-x.
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Old 03-15-2013   #67
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Started with using an l-208, but disliked the needle. Moved on to the Digisix, but disliked the multifunction (clock, thermometer, timer, etc.) - never on the right mode, light meter, when I needed it.

Finally settled on a Luna Pro Digital and haven't looked back since. I still have the Digisix and will use it when portability is a priority. Otherwise, I prefer the Luna Pro Digital.
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Old 07-19-2013   #68
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Weston Master 2, robust 1940's build, accurate and can be picked up around $20
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Old 07-19-2013   #69
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Sekonic 208 - used mostly as an incident meter and kept in my pocket - for periodic checks. To much variability in the brightness of our cloudy days most of the year for me to nail 'sunny 16' style with enough accuracy to get the negatives I want. I use this meter because it is pocketable and because I prefer a needle display so I can easily see a range of potential exposure options. I'd love to be at a point where I could translate EV directly to different speed/aperture/shutter combinations but I haven't bothered with that yet.
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Old 07-19-2013   #71
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I have a couple of Gossen Sixtino 2's which are small and accurate but one packed up on me and now I don't trust the surivior not to do the same, so I am going to shoot a film just using my eyes and experience and see how it turns out.
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Been using a Sekonic L-308 for over twenty years. Not much of an aficionado when it comes to Light meters, this one works, so I use it. Might be smaller, lighter ones out there.

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Old 07-19-2013   #76
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Minolta ivf mostly, if being critical the spotmeter f. Seeing these posts reminds me I must dig out the Weston V. I remember a conversation once with a now deceased famous DOP and he confided that after trying everything Westons were just as accurate!
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Hi,

First i used a gossen sixtomat of course selenium cell, which works great!

Second i used the VC meter only becuase it could be attached to the shoe and it has a narrower field of measurement.

But after a while i just used my brain to make exposures.

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Sekonic L-208. I prefer analog-needle operation.
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Old 07-19-2013   #79
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The last meter I bought and the one that I like the best is the Sekonic L-308s.

I've also tried the Sekonic L-208 Twinmate, L-508, L-398, an old Gossen Pilot 2, and a Gossen Luna Pro F but stuck with the L-308s for most occasions when I need a meter.

Frankly, the L-308s feels cheap but I can't fault its performance especially as an incident and flash meter. It's a nice size that I can wear almost without noticing and is the one I grab when I bring a meter with an RF kit.
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