James's Light Meter Collection: Sekonic L-86 Auto-Lumi
Sekonic L-86 Auto-Lumi exposure meter Japanclick for instruction manual
Maker: Sekonic
Model: L-86 "Auto-Lumi"
Circa: 1963 - 1978
Price (new): $8.95
Cell type: Selenium
Measure type: Reflecting/Averaging

click for larger adThis is the very long-lived L-86 "Auto-Lumi," a nice little selenium job that was very light and easy to use. The case is plastic and rather dull, and it's only got one scale. The next model up the chain was the L-98, which had CdS, dual ranges and a chrome top plate.

Sekonic made this for fifteen years; a long run for a meter. It was finally retired in favor of the L-188, which is almost identical but uses CdS.

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