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Minolta Spotmeter F

Don Satalic , Feb 22, 2000; 10:26 p.m.

I just picked up a used Minolta Spotmeter F, but I couldn't get a user's manual. Does anyone know where I can get this inforation? I have some of its features figured out but I'm unsure of some of the buttons.

Thanks for the help....

Don

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Ellis Vener , Feb 22, 2000; 10:28 p.m.

I can operate (but not read) mine while blindfolded. What do want to know?

Robert Krasznai , Feb 23, 2000; 08:13 a.m.

Don,

Go to www.minolta.com, under "customer contacts" select U.S.A. and then select "owner's manuals" on the left. The price is $5.

Ellis Vener , Feb 23, 2000; 01:44 p.m.

"Thanks for responding to my question on Photo.Net. Basically, I don't understand the S, A, H buttons. I know S=Shadow, A=Average, and H=Highlight. But I don't know how to use this feature. Thanks for your help, Don S. Chicago, IL" here is how the buttons work Mode 1.) read the darkest area in the scene and push the memory button. Then read the brigtest area in the frame, and push memory a second time. Now push "A" this will average the two readings and give you a midpoint reading. This is a useful setting, but you have to rememberwhat the range is of your final medium is. For black & white prints, the spread is about six maybe seven stops from darkest area with detail to the brightest area with detail. For color slides or color prints the range is right at about 5 stops. For photographs that are going to be reproduced as printed material (like a brochure) the range is four stops. Looking at the difference between the two readings will give you that range. Using this average value you can then read other areas in the scene to see where there values fall. This will help you previsualize what your final image should look like.

Mode 2.) Read the darkest area and push the "S" button. this will then convert the reading to a shadow reading. Hit memory to store this and you can now go through the rest of your scene comparing any value to that fixed value and you will then see how it differs from that assigned value. Likewise with either "A" or "H" calculated values. With transparency film you generally want to be more careful of where your highlight value is thawhere your shadow value is, and with negative film the reverse is true, you worry more about having details in the shadows because you can compensate somewhat in printing for the contrast range.

No not expect the Spot meter to be an instant panacea to exposure problems. Like any tool you have to work with it and learn it t ouse it effectively. it is part of larger system (shutter, the real f-stop on the lens, real film sensitivity, film processing, your taste).

David Thompson , May 03, 2001; 03:34 p.m.

Thanks Ellis!

Ellis says: No not expect the Spot meter to be an instant panacea to exposure problems. Like any tool you have to work with it and learn it t ouse it effectively. it is part of larger system (shutter, the real f-stop on the lens, real film sensitivity, film processing, your taste).

Ellis offers an excellent intro the Spotmeter F. I just bought one myself, looking to improve my exposures over what the in-camera meter gives me. Mine (reconditioned) came with a photocopy manual that is difficult to read. Plus, although the manual tells how to operate the meter, it doesn't really explain how to use the meter. Ellis nicely fills in this gap with some crucial information, namely that you must consider the final media for reproduction.

I just visited the Minolta web site, as suggested by another respondent. They are in the process of uploading PDF forms of their user manuals, but the Spotmeter F is not yet on the site. (Bummer!)

If someone is willing to loan me their copy, I will scan it and produce a quality copy to share. (Of course, I'd like one for myself.) The photocopy I have is rough at best.

Dave Thompson

Jason Antman , Feb 09, 2003; 05:35 p.m.

You can go to the minolta web site and download it for free in PDF format. You only need parts 1 and 2.

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