Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/12/12

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Meter Suggestions
From: (Bill Franson)
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 1999 13:23:37 -0800

Hi Bill,
I have a Gossen Luna Star F and a Sekonic L-508. They both measure
reflected and incident though in reflected mode the Sekonic is a spot zoom
meter reading from 1 degree to 4 degrees. The Gossen meter reads a broad
range (don't know the precise angle off hand) and with an attachment
(purchased separately) can be converted to a 5 degree spot meter. The
Gossen is smaller, fitting nicely in the palm, and in the pocket, and turns
itself on when you go to make a reading. Another feature I particularly
like is the ability to quickly read the scene contrast range by holding
down the metering button and scanning the scene from the darkest to the
brightest areas. The f-stop range will be displayed on an analog scale. The
Gossen can do this too, but less smoothly, with many more button pushes.
Both meters usually come with me on a shoot, one for backup. But when I can
go out on a shoot with just Leicas, no lights, I always slip the Luna Star
F in my pocket. Hope this helps.

One of the other Bills,


will At 10:50 AM 12/12/1999 -0500, you wrote:
>Hi Everyone,
>Recently became the proud owner of an M4-2, now I'm looking for a handheld
>meter to help me with exposure settings. I'm not very up-to-date with
>exposure meters, so I thought I'd check with other LUG members to see what
>meters you all use <g>.
>I'm looking for a small meter that measures reflected light (not fancy or
>feature laden) and will fit in my pocket or on a chain around my neck.
>What make/models do you like?
>Thanks... Bill
>PS I noticed another LUG member signing postings with "Bill" (this Bill was
>here first, I'm new), would it be easier if I signed "the other Bill" to
>differentiate between us so you don't have to scroll back up to check