James's Light Meter Collection: Meter Madness? Article from Popular Photography, June 1998

Pfeffer's Meters

This piece appeared in the June 1998 issue of Popular Photography magazine. The tissue-thin paper makes it very hard to scan without bleed-through, but at least it's in color. Click on the image for a larger version. I've included it here because I thought it was interesting.

Of these, I do not have the original Watkins, but I do have their later Bee.

The gold Weston Master III. is a nice touch. If I ever find one with a bad front facia plate, I may try to clean it up and paint it gold, just to see how it turns out. The spot tube is interesting but I don't know how truly useful it would be.

I do have an SEI Photometer, and it is big and somewhat heavy, and it is not meant for fast decisions. It also looks like I could use it to examine eyes and ears.

And finally, the little Leudi, which I do not (yet) have. They were originally made in Austria and imported by Mimosa, but I believe they were also made and licensed domestically as well. For an optical meter (meaning no electronics), these were made well into the 1950s when you'd think the market would have completely dried up.


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