Gossen Pilot 2 Light Meters

Gossen Pilot 2 Light Meters 

DESCRIPTION

The smallest meter in the Gossen range. Powered by a selenium photo cell, the PILOT 2 does not require a battery! Both measuring modes are provided: reflected and incident light (sliding roller blind). The PILOT 2 works with a match needle system: the calculator ring is rotated to set the match pointer precisely to the needle on the scale. An accessory shoe is available to mount the meter to the camera flash shoe holder.

USER REVIEWS

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[Feb 26, 2015]
FilmDH
Intermediate

Strength:

Small, light, simple

Weakness:

2 have failed on me inspire of very limited use & extra gentle care, always in case. I had a brand new Pilot from 1971 or so until it failed in 1983. My dad bought me a brand new Pilot 2 in '83 as the old one was not reading (needle only stayed in the middle).
Today I was comparing readings against my Lunasix 3 and a Nikon & a Minolta SLR. 2 cameras and the Lunasix got identical exposures across the board. The Pilot 2 was off by 1 1/2 to 3 stops under the others(would be too overexposed.) Tried bright medium & low light. The zero needle adjust won't get needle fully to the white dot.
Does the Selenium wear out??? Too bad, really like these but wouldn't spend a penny on another. Maybe just me giving off evil radiation but 2 in a row & treated like jewels. Bye Bye Pilots. You may weigh this in any way against the glowing reports. Still love the LunaSix but it is heavy & bulky.

I had REAL bad luck, Don't invest a lot in one esp if used. Get it tested.

Similar Products Used:

Gossen Pilot, Gossen LunaSix 3 (Same as LunaPro), many TTL meters in cameras & even just my eyes.

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1
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1
[Jul 08, 2006]
icuneko
Intermediate

Strength:

No battery, very small, accurate (enough) and will get you into tripod range with
its EV 5-17 range (f2 @ 1/8 sec.). Has a zero adjust screw also.

Weakness:

No flash reading, but don't need it anyway. Probably not a main meter for a pro, but
great for us amateurs.

Very small with hardshell case & lanyard. Both incident and reflected readings accurate. A great batteyrless meter. Why buy big, new and expensive? These are
available (used) all the time online for a song. I'll use it mainly in incident mode, so
it's a bargain for that use.

Customer Service

NA

Similar Products Used:

Sekonic L-398.

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5
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5
[Nov 30, 2002]
Austin Moore
Intermediate

Strength:

Small size and the hard shell case. (If yours didn't come with a hard shell case like mine did i sugest that you order it from Bogen) Great value at only $85.00!

Weakness:

Its a little on the delicate side, so be careful. (The dials broke off once on me) (The Gossen Pilot is a much stronger meter if you can look for one of these first.)

This is on kick ass light meter. I would recomend the light meter to anyone who is just starting out. It weights next to nothing and its super compact.

Customer Service

Once

Similar Products Used:

Gossen Pilot, Sekonic Studio Deluxe II L-398M

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5
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5
[Jan 25, 2000]
James Cameron
Intermediate
Model Reviewed: Pilot 2

Strength:

Weighs next to nothing at 1.5oz, no worries about dead batteries, demands little space in my bag. EAsy to operate-no nonsense readout!

Weakness:

None...Thought I'd lost it once only to find still around my neck! Maybe old age...more likely the thing is just so unobtrusive!

This little jewel may not have all the bells and whistles of the big boys but when space becomes an issue it's the one I take. Back-up batteries are not something I need to be packing into the Rockies! My Pentax KXs' work without batteries as well-should they fail. The Pilot 2 (Sixtino-2 here) is basic, easy to set, read and it's proved reliable over the past four years. The price has increased somewhat which keeps me from bumping it's value rating up to the top, even at it regular price of around $80.00US it's still a very good deal. Though I've ssen it on the used shelf for 35.00US-that's a bargin! It's not high tech....but then neither am I.

Customer Service

Not yet!

Similar Products Used:

Goosen LunaSix and Pentax Spotmeter.

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5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Nov 30, 2000]
R.D. Kenwood
Intermediate

Strength:

Tiny, tiny, tiny! Mine weighs less than 2 ounces by my postal scale, and about 3 oz. in the very sturdy, well-designed hard case. If you have it around your neck without the case, you will quite literally forget it's there.

Dead-on accurate. It matches my Minolta Flash Meter III.

No-nonsense, easy-to-use controls. It may be tiny, but you can manipulate the dial with gloved hands.

Can take both reflected and ambient measurements. Wow!

No battery? No problem!

Weakness:

Like other light meters of its type (using a light-sensitive array to transform light into electrical energy), its low-light performance is limited.

Shove the Pilot 2 into a small pocket, and you'll never be in doubt about exposure. Match it with an unmetered Nikon F or F2 for absolutely bombproof exposures in tough conditions. You may need a fancier meter (say, for flash work or automatic averaging), but you also need a Pilot 2 for back-up. Considering the price of many electronic meters that do little more than the Pilot 2, it's also a good value.

Customer Service

Never needed.

Similar Products Used:

Several ancient and no-longer functional Sekonics. A couple older Vivitar meters, but my main meter is either a Minolta Autometer IIIF of a Flash Meter III.

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5
VALUE
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5
[Jul 21, 2001]
George Doolittle
Expert

Strength:

Tiny and light weight. Very accurate, both reflected and incident light.

Weakness:

Not for use in very low light situations.

A real sleeper. I do a lot of travel photography and like to travel lightly. Also, a great companion for classic cameras without meters, some of which themselves are a joy to use such as M3 or 111G Leicas.

Customer Service

Not needed

Similar Products Used:

Weston, Pentax Spotmeter,

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5
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5
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