Re: light meters

From: Richard Knoppow ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 03/09/05-02:38:19 AM Z
Message-id: <002001c52484$6d237350$c8fe5142@VALUED20606295>

----- Original Message -----
From: "SteveS" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2005 11:37 PM
Subject: Re: light meters

> Stick with the Weston and learn how to use it. I have a
> Weston Ranger 9 and still lean toward the others I've had.
> Sure, I have a Pentax 'gun style' with a needle and such,
> but the Weston with Ft. Candles is the best when you can
> learn to read the info it gives you.
> S.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Barry Kleider
> To:
> Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2005 5:57 PM
> Subject: light meters
> Does anyone have suggestions/recommendations on light
> meters? (What features you look for and price)
> I'm using an old Polaris and I'm thinking it's time to
> upgrade.
> I've also got an old (very old) Weston that belonged to
> my grandfather. No idea how to work it.
> Barry
   The main advantage of spot meters is that you can make
readings at a distance. This appeals to landscape
photographers and others who can not make close up readings
and want to have more than a single integrated reading. If
can make close readings, as in portraiture, a simple
reflected light meter, like the Weston, will give you all
the info the spot meter will.
   I wonder how far different the exposure arrived at via a
series of spot readings is from a single integrated reading.
Of course, it depends on the distribution of light on the
subject. One can make out a good argument for reflected
light meters, incident meters, and spot meters, based on
what sort of assumptions one makes about the way the object
should be recorded on the film.
   What is boils down to is personal choice. Use what works
for you but, whatever it is, understand what its measuring
and how the measurement relates to the desired final image.

Richard Knoppow
Los Angeles, CA, USA 
Received on Wed Mar 9 02:46:18 2005

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