Frank Kolwicz , Sep 12, 1998; 05:38 p.m.
I've never used and anlog meter, so I can't say about the comparison. I have noticed that some of the analog meters seem to have rather cluttered looking read-out scales and the digitals seem less confusing.
The Polaris works fine. It has a digital/analog readout - one of those little bar graphs in 1/10 stop below the full stop in digital numerals. Like this:
which would read as f/11.9; 1/10 stop less than f/16.
It does ambient and flash metering from f/1 to f/128 or something and has a decent low-light range. The reflected reading mode does not allow you to see what you are metering like a spot meter does, so you have to be careful with that. For flash it does cord and cordless readings and has a few different read-outs.
In all, I'd say it was pretty good for the money and small and light-weight, too.