I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

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I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby skyhawk » 9 Aug 2019, 11:45am

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

I use it when using a 10 stopper for landscape photography, saves constantly removing and attaching the filter 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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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Aug 2019, 11:50am

I still have a Russian one that I bought with a Lubitel 2 twin lens reflex.
The roll film was unobtainable some time ago!

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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby fausto copy » 9 Aug 2019, 11:55am

Well, I lusted after one of those for years but never could afford one.
I think they cost almost as much as the second-hand Zorki 4 I bought in the early 70's.

I did see one on flea-bay last year but it was rather battered and I don't think I'll be needing one nowadays.
Glad to see you're still using yours and put to good us with your Big Stopper :wink:

I have though, just treated myself to a replacement Zorki 4, complete with original silver Jupiter lens, leather case and instruction book. All for £55. :)

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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby pete75 » 9 Aug 2019, 1:06pm

Mike Sales wrote:I still have a Russian one that I bought with a Lubitel 2 twin lens reflex.
The roll film was unobtainable some time ago!


120 roll film still in production and available at Jessops https://www.jessops.com/p/ilford/fp4-pl ... roll-19454

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Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby ambodach » 9 Aug 2019, 6:22pm

I still have my Weston meter but have not used it for years. Would sell it if I could be bothered. I have got lazy and let the camera do all the work.

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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Aug 2019, 6:28pm

pete75 wrote:
120 roll film still in production and available at Jessops https://www.jessops.com/p/ilford/fp4-pl ... roll-19454


Ta. I couldn't find any some years ago. I might give it a go.
A long time I worked in a local newspaper darkroom, so I have some skills remaining but I have none of the equipment left myself.

Is it possible to get such film developed and printed these days?

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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby mercalia » 9 Aug 2019, 7:01pm

fausto copy wrote:Well, I lusted after one of those for years but never could afford one.
I think they cost almost as much as the second-hand Zorki 4 I bought in the early 70's.

I did see one on flea-bay last year but it was rather battered and I don't think I'll be needing one nowadays.
Glad to see you're still using yours and put to good us with your Big Stopper :wink:

I have though, just treated myself to a replacement Zorki 4, complete with original silver Jupiter lens, leather case and instruction book. All for £55. :)

fausto.



ah Zorki 4 wasnt that a Ruski knock off Leica rangfinder camera? The Ruskis used to have a shop in London in High Holborn London. I bought the corresponding SLR A Zenith or some thing,I used to think would be useful as a club as so solid, though I eventually moved up to the Olympus OM2 system. Good days when Pentax and Kodak had their own gallerys there abouts.

Just did an Ebay and there are afew for sale -

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Zorki-4K-wit ... SwTy1dTW3h

This one seems mint, but who uses 35mm film now?

Could be useful just as a poser :lol: against all those with their smartphones.
Maybe some here has the expertise to turn it into an electronic camera?

Looks very nice though and cheaper than yours

The camera I always wanted but could never afford was the Mamiya M645 ....

Goodness I havent thought about these mechanical cameras in such a long time,

A minutes silence for a passing era? :cry:

it seems such a long time ago now, the camera in my Windows Phone , just an 8mp gives fine images with no effort, no mess and no intoxication of chemicals :lol:

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Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby brynpoeth » 9 Aug 2019, 7:48pm

'Clunk click every trip'
I did like the feel of an SLR :wink:

Does the stuff we learnt back then about exposure and composition still apply now?
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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby pete75 » 9 Aug 2019, 7:49pm

Mike Sales wrote:
pete75 wrote:
120 roll film still in production and available at Jessops https://www.jessops.com/p/ilford/fp4-pl ... roll-19454


Ta. I couldn't find any some years ago. I might give it a go.
A long time I worked in a local newspaper darkroom, so I have some skills remaining but I have none of the equipment left myself.

Is it possible to get such film developed and printed these days?


The Free Press and Guardian? I think photo express still develop and print from film.

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Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby fausto copy » 9 Aug 2019, 9:50pm

brynpoeth wrote:'Clunk click every trip'
I did like the feel of an SLR :wink:

Does the stuff we learnt back then about exposure and composition still apply now?


A) I've currently got three main cameras on the go (it's just like having several bikes :roll: ) and my largest Lumix mirrorless camera looks a bit like a small SLR and the shutter gives a good solid thunk, though there is a silent option which occasions;;y comes in handy.

B0 Most certainly.
Most cameras these days have a fully automatic setting which I guess most people would use.
However, as an "enthusiast" I still plump for aperture control most of the time, selecting the best choice for depth of field etc.
There's plenty of choice regarding White Balance, Exposure Compensation, Focus Stacking, Drive Modes etc., making them as complicated one would want. The one setting that had me foxed for ages though, was Zebra Stripes. :?

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Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby fausto copy » 9 Aug 2019, 10:00pm

Here's my Zorki.
Zorki 4.jpg

Yes, they were a Ruski rip-off of the classic Leica rangefinder camera and at probably a tenth of the price.
Now though, they're probably worth about a thousandth. :lol:

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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby Mike Sales » 9 Aug 2019, 10:08pm

pete75 wrote:The Free Press and Guardian? I think photo express still develop and print from film.


Yes, the Lincolnshire Free Press and the Spalding Guardian.

The Lubitel is a Rolleiflex copy.

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Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby fausto copy » 9 Aug 2019, 10:17pm

Hasselblad have brought out a digital back which can be used on some of their older classic cameras instead of the film back.
Only around 5 grand if anyone fancies going dual purpose. :shock:

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Re: I bought this new, yes when it first came out

Postby millimole » 10 Aug 2019, 8:37am

Mike Sales wrote:
pete75 wrote:
120 roll film still in production and available at Jessops https://www.jessops.com/p/ilford/fp4-pl ... roll-19454


Ta. I couldn't find any some years ago. I might give it a go.
A long time I worked in a local newspaper darkroom, so I have some skills remaining but I have none of the equipment left myself.

Is it possible to get such film developed and printed these days?
Yes.
I regularly use Lubitels (2 & 166).
120 film (as well as 135) can be developed by quite a lot of places - do a search for 'film processing'. Timsons and Boots also do services at some of their shops.
You can generally opt for a scanning service to either CD or a download, so that you get digital 'prints' - you don't have to have physical prints, and you can get them done - if you want them - from the negatives posted to you, or from the digital images
I use, and can recommend Snaps Photo Services in Bournemouth.

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Re: I bought this lightmeter when it first came out

Postby Cunobelin » 10 Aug 2019, 10:19am

I was going through some old kit and came across my Pentax Film camera

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Decided to buy a roll of film and take it out for a day

It was a total revelation

Whereas I am quite experimental with the(Pentax K70) after all if I take a thousand photos and one is worth keeping there is no cost, and simple errors can be fixed using the computer

I was being far more cautious with exposure, focus, framing etc with the film camera

I also found that there was some excitement in waiting for the film to be developed rather than simply looking at the screen straight away

Of the 3 photos, I kept 25 and the others had faults


My conclusion..

If you can, do take out a film camera, it reminds you of the skills that you used to "need" and makes you think just that little more when using the digital.