James's Light Meter Collection: Soligor Auto
Soligor Auto exposure meter click for manual
Maker: Soligor
Model: Auto
Circa: 1968
Price (new): $9.95
Cell type: Selenium
Measure type: reflectance

Allied Import & Export (shortened to Allied Impex) is remembered among photographers for two major things: one is (allegedly) ruining Miranda, and the other is creating a German subsidiary named Soligor, which became their brand for various imported equipment of good-to-excellent accessories.

Soligor meters (1965)This particular meter was made in Japan and shows up under various badges: Capital, Stitz, Allied Impex, Universa and Soligor. As far as I know the only difference is the name. I also have a Stitz and it is the same meter.

This is a bit unusual for a selenium cell: there's a button on it and when you press it, the dial in the meter spins and gives you a reading. Why that, rather than just having a live needle like everyone else, is a mystery to me. You'd think it was a needle lock, except that the dial floats pretty freely when the button isn't pressed.

How to use it: set the film speed by aligning the notch on the outer edge of the black ring with the black hash mark on the film speed band below (bottom of meter). Then aim the meter, push the button, and once the meter settles down you should be able to read the film speed combinations (upper bands on the dial) or the EV level (lower band).

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