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Pentax Digital Spotmeter Light Meters

4.83/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

  • 1º measuring angle
  • Super-Multi-Coated optics
  • Range: EV1-EV20
  • LED digital display


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    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Brett Buck a Expert

    Date Reviewed: January 8, 2009

    Strengths:    Very good accuracy, very good build quality, uses commonly available batteries.

    Weaknesses:    Very expensive, sometimes has excess flare/reflections that make the display hard to read

    Bottom Line:   
    I bought mine used about 20 years ago but it was mint. It works just about perfectly and there aren't really a lot of good alternatives if you need to determine contrast ranges/Zone system. And, unlike a lot of other meters, it uses a commonly-available silver oxide battery instead of a mercury cell (banned for absolutely no good reason - mercury is so bad someone ought to ban CFL lamps first).

    The only issue I have ever had is that sometimes there is a lot of flare on the display that makes it hard to read, particularly in bright light.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $400.00

    Purchased At:   camera shop

    Similar Products Used:   Minolta spotmeter

    Type of photography:   Fine Art


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by pendragon1957 a Expert

    Date Reviewed: July 5, 2004

    Strengths:    Simple, compact reliable, accurate

    Weaknesses:    Has gotten very pricey to replace and doesn't have Zone scale. This was made under the old Asahi/Pentax name and Pentax will not service too much longer because of the Asahi name.

    Bottom Line:   
    Simple to use, compact, reliable and extremely accurate. Have been using this same meter since I purchased it in NYC about 22 years ago and it has never failed me for Zone and color photography whether shooting 4x5 large format or medium format.

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    Duration Product Used:   21+ years

    Price Paid:    $289.00

    Purchased At:   Pro Shop in NYC

    Similar Products Used:   Gossen Luna-Pro S
    Gossen Luna-Pro (25 yrs old- backup meter)
    Sekonic L418 (backup meter)


    Type of photography:   Fine Art


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by Jason Dean a Intermediate from Texas

    Date Reviewed: June 11, 2001

    Strengths:    Small (1 degree) metering field, Zone scale on meter, highly sensitive and precise.

    Weaknesses:    High price. Difficult to use with Color print film

    Bottom Line:   
    My meter was modified by Zone VI studios, so it cost me a little more than the standard meter. I wanted to pay the extra, because I do a great deal of Black and White work. I do occasional color work, but this meter is really not suited for that type of photography.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $800.00

    Purchased At:   Calumet

    Similar Products Used:   Sekonic L-408

    Type of photography:   Fine Art


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Vish Vishvanath a Professional from London, UK

    Date Reviewed: November 2, 2000

    Strengths:    Build quality, accuracy. Does exactly what it says on the tin.

    Weaknesses:    None

    Bottom Line:   
    If you use the zone system, this is the meter for you. If you believe in visualization, this is definitely the meter for you. Try and find one second-hand (like I did, hence the price), you'll never let it go.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $270.00

    Purchased At:   Blacks & Lizar, Edinburgh

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Type of photography:   People


    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by collyer young a Casual from honolulu, HAWAII usa

    Date Reviewed: May 15, 2000

    Strengths:    very accurate, build quality very high

    Weaknesses:    price

    Bottom Line:   
    If you want a very good product and can afford it, go for it.

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    Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

    Similar Products Used:   None

    Type of photography:   Landscapes



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