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Old 09-08-2019, 08:42 PM
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I bought this new, yes when it first came out

I bought this new, yes when it first came out and STILL use it today

I use it when using a 10 stopper, saves constantly removing and attaching it to meter.

I use both incident and reflective metering depending on what I am imaging, I bet there are photographers today who don't even know what it is

I bought it from the Camera shop in Aldershot in 1973, I could not afford it all at once and paid 10s a week that is 10 shillings, last year I bought a mint Euromaster 2
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:21 PM
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A light meter?
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:34 PM
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By the time I bought my 35mm SLR, the general use of hand held light meters had pretty well fallen out of favour. Even Zenit had moved to TTL by the early to mid 1980s with the 12XP.
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Old 09-08-2019, 09:41 PM
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By the time I bought my 35mm SLR, the general use of hand held light meters had pretty well fallen out of favour. Even Zenit had moved to TTL by the early to mid 1980s with the 12XP.
OMG!! My first SLR was a Zenith TTL... I wanted an OM10 mind you...
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Old 09-08-2019, 10:14 PM
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Landscape photographers still use light meters, studio photographers almost certainly do in many situations

If I want to shoot a landscape and meter then use a big stopper, LEE filter, you have to meter, decide and set the shutter speed and aperture then fit the filter, if needed re meter AFTER removing the filter and fitting again

With a hand held meter the filter stays on the camera, and you are able to chose varying aperture/shutter combos from the meter at a glance

Say I chose 1/15th of a second at f8, I simply look at the LEE filter app and see that with a big stopper I need 1 MINUTE, and so on

Meters are so useful in photography they are available and sold in their millions today, they have never become out dated

https://www.parkcameras.com/p/J35062...er-light-meter

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Old 09-08-2019, 10:28 PM
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I learned on a Voigtlander Vito B handed down from my Dad, a 1950's 35mm film rangefinder with a handheld Weston light meter and a manually focussed Zeiss lens that gave exquisite results when used carefully. Plus a set of filters and closep lenses.

When the ASA is defined by the roll of film you've loaded, the shutter speeds are limited to 1/20 ... 1/200 sec or "Bulb", and the lens f/3.5... f/22 you really do need to know what you're doing.

And with the cost per frame around $1 a shot, yes you did think carefully about each one.

Followed by a Pentax MX, also a very nice camera in its day.

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Old 10-08-2019, 02:43 PM
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I remembered that I still had my Vito B from many years ago and dragged it out this morning. I used it extensively when I worked in the UK in 2000. Digital cameras were becoming popular then but were as dear as poison and by today's standards quite ordinary. The Vito B takes very sharp photos and have quite a distinctive contrast to them. There was a lot of debate over the differences between Japanese and German lenses particularly in the 1950's and 1960's, mainly to do with sharpness, contrast and colour rendition. I think my Vito B would still work, not a lot to go wrong as it has always been looked after and stored well. I also found a small box full of old light meters which were used with my manual cameras and I have replied to in another thread on the subject.
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Old 10-08-2019, 02:57 PM
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Light Meters

After reading this thread I was reminded that I haven't looked at my old light meters for nearly twenty years so dragged them out this morning. Most of them still appear to operate. I don't suppose they are worth much but couldn't see myself ever throwing them out.
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:20 PM
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I remembered that I still had my Vito B from many years ago and dragged it out this morning. I used it extensively when I worked in the UK in 2000. Digital cameras were becoming popular then but were as dear as poison and by today's standards quite ordinary. The Vito B takes very sharp photos and have quite a distinctive contrast to them. There was a lot of debate over the differences between Japanese and German lenses particularly in the 1950's and 1960's, mainly to do with sharpness, contrast and colour rendition. I think my Vito B would still work, not a lot to go wrong as it has always been looked after and stored well. I also found a small box full of old light meters which were used with my manual cameras and I have replied to in another thread on the subject.
That's a lovely modern camera right there Steve
I have a 1930 Nagel Pupille here with a 4.5cm F2 Jos Schneider&Co Xenon lens....
This one was used aboard the HMAS Quiberon while transporting Japanese POWs during WWII.
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Gee...they are ' old ' ...did Noah hold a ' Garage Sale '
Could be worth a small fortune now.
Nothing like seeing the superb ' mechanics ' of yesteryear ...

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Old 11-08-2019, 09:57 AM
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That's a lovely modern camera right there Steve
I have a 1930 Nagel Pupille here with a 4.5cm F2 Jos Schneider&Co Xenon lens....
This one was used aboard the HMAS Quiberon while transporting Japanese POWs during WWII.
Great looking camera and provenance Matt, a real gem. I think my Voigtlander is a 1954 model.
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Old 11-08-2019, 10:03 AM
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Gee...they are ' old ' ...did Noah hold a ' Garage Sale '
Could be worth a small fortune now.
Nothing like seeing the superb ' mechanics ' of yesteryear ...

Col...
Now now Col, I'm older than my Voigtlander camera, just a bit, but all the same
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