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What light meter do you carry with your LTM?
Old 02-20-2013   #1
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What light meter do you carry with your LTM?

Hi everyone! My wife as a wedding present gifted me with a 1935 Leica III that came with a 5cm 3.5 elmar. I was very excited. In my pursuit of trying to read and evaluate light, I'm wondering which light meters are LTM users choosing and why? Thanks in advance for the replies! (also this is my first post after countless hours reading up on these forums)

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Old 02-20-2013   #2
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I use gossen digisix for my non metered bodies. Small, accurate and sensitive down to -2 EV. I also like that it has incident and reflective metering.
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Old 02-20-2013   #3
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I use a Sekonic #L-158 for cameras w/o a light meter.

Bought it many years ago.

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Old 02-20-2013   #4
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I am carrying a gossen digisix with me.

It is small, light and more accurate (for slide film) than my vintage selenium cell light meters.
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Old 02-20-2013   #5
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My iPhone with the Light Meter app, I confess.... Works well enough, though I also have a very capable Minolta Autometer III, but just can't justify the hassle of carrying it around when I'm using my IIIc. I know, I should be banished to the forest....
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Old 02-20-2013   #6
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I mostly use a Sekonic L-208. I use it in 'reflective light mode' i.e. with the sensor exposed I point it at the scene (a little bit down in fact to exclude the sky) and take the reading. It works fine for average scenes. It nestles nicely in the palm of my hand and is very unobtrusive. I generally take the reading first, often as I'm approaching the scene. The exposure set, I have just to bring the camera up to my eye, focus and shoot. My other exposure meter is a Variosix F which I use mostly in 'incident mode' i.e. with the dome fitted. It works fine no matter what the lighting but is not so unobtrusive. People tend to notice like they would if I had 'photographer' tattooed on my forehead! I'm not claiming these are the best (I acquired them in a haphazard way) but they do the job. If I could take just one with my LTM? The Sekonic...it's really handy! Hope this helps.
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I mostly use sunny sixteen when out and about in decent weather with my Fed or Retina 11c, I do however have a Western Master IV and V which are still pretty accurate, which I use when I can be bothered to faff about taking them out of the case and putting them back in when finished, I think I am getting old and impatient.
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I use a Voigtlander VC ii meter. Its quite capable, small, attaches to the hot-shoe. I think it only goes down till EV1. But I never had any problems out in the streets at night.
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Old 02-20-2013   #9
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My only camera without Lightmeter is the Rolleiflex, and I use a Sekonic L-308B, mainly as incident light reader.
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José,

Welcome and congrats on your wedding, your Leia and your first post, as well as finding yourself a terrific wife, if I may say so

My lightmeter is nearly as big as the Leica II that I shoot: a Gossen Lunasix 3. It's a real good meter and I'm not troubled by its size, but it's anything but small...
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Old 02-20-2013   #11
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Sekonic L-308B or the smaller Sekonic L-208 with my Canon -P and even with my Pentax MX when I want incident lighting which is most of the time.
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Old 02-20-2013   #12
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Another vote of the iPhone light meter app when I'm out with my iiif. I'm working on improving my visualization chops, so I'll estimate the exposure myself first, then check it with the iPhone.
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Old 02-20-2013   #13
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I usually carry a Sekonic L-608 and Weston Master V.

The former is very useful for its 1-4 degree spot-metering facility and for accurate incident light measurement, the latter for reflected light use in uncomplicated lighting situations - also useful as a standby should the 608's battery go flat...
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Welcome from Oregon, Jose.

I routinely cheat by packing a GR Digital for test exposures; it's the same size as my LunaPro. I also have a Weston Master still going strong after all these years (older than I am), that I keep at my office.
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Usually it's my Weston Master I, model 715. I also have the Master II and III, but the Master I is the only one which is still working (and it's the oldest of the bunch, probably 1940's vintage.) With the film speed dial (in Westons not ASA) set at 320, it's within 1/4 stop of my Gossen Luna-Six set at 400 ASA. I've also got the Weston Invercone for it for incident readings.

If I want a variety of readings and legible numbers I take the Gossen.
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The Voigtlander VC meter is perfect on my II. That, or Sunny 16, which is just a bit more portable
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Old 02-20-2013   #18
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I use a Sekonic L-208.. it's tiny.
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Old 02-20-2013   #19
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Usually use a Gossen Lunasix, which is excellent in low light.

I also have a Polaris digital meter that does both spot and incident modes. I mainly use it as a spot meter.

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The little (and old) Sekonic L-158, like Mr. Clark, or one of several Weston Masters.
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Old 02-20-2013   #21
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Weston Master V, with Invercone
small, accurate, mechanical, looks and feels lovely
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Congrats on the nickle knobed III.

I use a DigiSix.

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Gossen Variosix F2 or
Gossen Lunastar F2
(they are actually the same, one was produced for the European and one for the US market)
It is a very sensitive and easy to operate meter.



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Welcome to the group, Jose. Congratulations on your excellent taste in women. I use a Sekonic L-308s when I'm just walking around, and a Minolta Autometer IV when I need tighter metering for say, landscapes.
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Thanks for all the replies so far. What a cool and interesting insight into how everyone shoots these lovely little cameras! I can only assume the pictures are as varied and interesting as the methods we use to take them! I'll have to look into several of these options. Would love to keep hearing how people evaluate light...
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I use a Voigtlander VC ii meter. Its quite capable, small, attaches to the hot-shoe. I think it only goes down till EV1. But I never had any problems out in the streets at night.
I use a VC II as well. with the foot adjusted so the meter is al the way to the left and doesn't get in the way of the shutter dial.
Great meter, really fits in with the style of the camera .
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Gossen Lunasix F (Luna Pro F in the US).
Great Lightmeter, not small though.
SBC + 9V battery + needle for display

I usually meter incident light over my shoulder (if I'm standing in the same light as my subject). The Lunasix F is great for this, as it's very fast (because of the SBC) and saves the reading for a couple of seconds after measuring the light via pushing a button. The nulling pointer needle makes it very fast to work with.
Usually I only meter once for a given light situation and take this reading as starting point for setting my exposure.
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Sunny 12.5 (in the UK) and a Sekonic L-208 if my confidence is at a low ebb.

I'd advise against old high spec meters. They are, or were, great but something cheap and modern will do the job.
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Sunny 12.5 (in the UK) and a Sekonic L-208 if my confidence is at a low ebb.

I'd advise against old high spec meters. They are, or were, great but something cheap and modern will do the job.
Sound advice indeed but Sunny 12.5 ...you must live in the south
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I have a Sekonic L-208, but I haven't used it very much at all as I don't have room on the hot shoe (with the TEWE finder attached), and if it's not in front of me, I won't dig through my bag to find it.

I've been finding it very liberating and enjoyable to shoot without any form of meter other than my eyes. It's easier than it sounds, and I feel a little extra reward for knowing it was all my decision. For scenes where I get a little confused and definitely want a good result, I'll pull out the Sekonic or bracket, but more than 90% of the time I go without.
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Now that's the sort of meter to hold you down in a strong cross wind!

So pleased to see that it has a marking for f 2.2
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I just use my eyes…never bothered to replace my light meter after it broke 2 or 3 years ago. Even if I did replace it I probably wouldn't carry it around with me.
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Welcome and congrats!

I have a Lunasix 3 and a BEVI Spotmeter, both are very good, but most of the time I find myself grabbing my Leningrad 4 selenium meter - it is no bigger than a matchbox and like all selenium meters a bit slow to react. Got it for 5£ on that auction site. It is still precis - and sure to get me ridiculed here
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When I'm shooting meter-less cameras, I use one of several meters. Most recently, I've been using a Sverdlovsk 4 and I also have a Calculite XP and a couple of Gossen meters--Pilot 2 and another one that I need to get sorted for modern batteries.
Sunny 16 works fairly well for me also.
Although, my '37 vintage 9cm Elmar doesn't have modern f-stop progression so I tend to use that lens on my Bessa R; it makes it a bit less complicated for metering.

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So pleased to see that it has a marking for f 2.2
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I thought they all did but my newest Weston is only the model V.

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When I owned LTM cameras I always carried (and used) a Sekonic L-308s.

If I remember correctly, one of the best things about it was that I could calibrate it to the same shutter speeds as used on my early Barnacks.

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I thought they all did but my newest Weston is only the model V.

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