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Hello,

I am wondering if there are any light meters out there that can measure fairly low light (like inside houses when it's dark) that won't cost me an arm and a leg.

I should probably decloak the fact that I like to use a gray card - all the time - so it doesn't matter which kind I use, although I would probably prefer a spot meter since I'm trying to get into portraiture a bit more.

Thankful for some illumination,

- Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota

PS. I hope I posted this in the right place, I couldn't find a really good spot for a lightmeter discussion.
 

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Old gossen luna pros will do what you want. Mine is really old and works perfect.
 

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Absolutely - Luna pros are reliable and will work in very low "available darkness" situations. Older ones can be had relatively inexpensively. I would check on ebay.
 

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Roger. Gossen Luna Pro! But watch out! They use 1.35 volt mercury batteries which are extremely hard to find. A conversion is available but I haven't tried it yet. Silver/zincs may work, but a recalibration will be required, and some non-linearity will be observed.
 

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I'm told Quantum lightmeters are the most sensitive, but I'm not sure if they're still available. Do a search and see what comes up.

I have a couple of Gossens and I'm happy with them.
 

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Let me chime in here with another bit of praise for a Gossen product, the Luna Pro F. Unlike the old Luna Pro which has a CDS cell, the Luna Pro F has uses a silicon blue cell which has better low light response. It also (very important) uses a regular 9 Volt battery instead of the mercury button cells. Another important feature (for me) it's also a flash meter. I've been using Luna Pro F's since the mid 1980's - they're great!
 

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Ditto on what Bob said. I too use a Luna Pro F and am quite happy with its performance.
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Ted Harris said:
You can also add the Luna Pro SBC to the kist equally sensitive, null metering useful for Zone work and uses a 9 v. battery.

ted - you beat me to it!

... what ted said :smile:

-john
 

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Greetings,

Spectra light meters, used by all the cinematographers will do what you want. I dare say they can read the light in a dark closet.

Regards, Pete
 

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Back in college I used to pick up some extra cash by shooting the work of the art faculty and and students onto slides. One time, after shooting a bunch of paintings in a normal flood lit copy set up, the artist said that he really likes the way one of his paintings looks at night, by the light of his television set. We pulled the drapes, shut off the lights, turned on his TV, and I shot it. I used an old CDS Luna Pro. It came out quite nice.
 
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