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Best analog light meter...Gossen Lunasix 3S or Euro-MASTER 11?

John Frank , Oct 24, 2005; 11:39 a.m.

Which of these two analog lightmeters would you recommend, Gossen Lunasix 3S or Euro- MASTER 11? Or would I be better off aiming for a small digital lightmeter, eg the Sekonic FLASHMATE L-308S? I need the meter to be tough and accurate, quick to use for B/W portraits, street photography, landscapes in ambient light. I kind of like the display of the analog v digital meters, but what do people with experience of both interfaces think?

The Gossen Lunasix 3S can measure in very low light (-4/+17) for night and interiors, has a 7.5 degree spot attachment, and uses a battery.

The Euro-MASTER 11, the latest version of Weston exposure meters, does not need a battery and seems more rugged in build but does not have such an impressive light range (+3/+17). http://www.megatron.co.uk/

Thanks! Gavin.

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ben conover , Oct 24, 2005; 12:02 p.m.

I'd go with the Lunasix 3s because it is very sensitive in low light.

H. C. , Oct 24, 2005; 01:13 p.m.

Lunasix 3s! - Definitely! :)

Cheers

Roger Hein , Oct 25, 2005; 01:19 p.m.

While the Euro Master II lacks the low light capabilities of a battery powered meter I have found it to be a lightweight, pocketable, and dependable companion. For b+w work it has been more than adequate for my needs.

michael bach , Oct 27, 2005; 05:15 a.m.

The Sekonic l-398M, is a wery good al-round analog incident light meter, it is tough and accurate, a littel heavy and maybe not the fastet meter around but wery reliable.

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M Campbell , Oct 30, 2005; 04:52 p.m.

I love my Weston Master II which I recently got off E bay for about $12.00! It registers from .2 to 1600 candle/sq ft in two ranges and requires no batteries. It's about the same vintage as my Speed Graphic.


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John Frank , Dec 09, 2005; 03:39 a.m.

Thanks for all the answers! Couldn't decide so collected them all in the end, 2 secondhand and still going strong. The Gossen Lunasix 3S is very well made (not totally necessary but I advise this 3S model because it has a red needle which is easier to see and a very useful exposure offset function, to use when using filters/bellows entension/matching meters etc). I find that you have to press the button for a few seconds until the needle stops moving to get accurate reading and the needle does sometimes jump when you try to lock it, so read the needle before you lock. I'm now trying to find a measurement probe attachment to take reads from 4/5 camera groundglass...that's why I got the meter afterall. Just to pass on a good find...the manual for this Gossen, which you can download from their website, is very well written, and explains the whole approach/technique of light metering...well worth a read, even if you don't have this meter! This meter seems to be the same as the Lunapro S (sold in US). Another gossen anolog meter, the Lunapro F, is said to be even quicker to use, and can measure coordless flash, it has a different needle display/concept...so instead of reading EV numbers and then transfering to a dial as on the Lunarpro S/Lunasix 3S you just turn a dial to NULL the needle to a Zero setting, and then read off your different exposures. The Euro-master 11 is also very accurate, especially in mid low to bright light, but I find it underexposes a bit in dim light (by a consistant amount so you can easily adjust) but it is small and very well made, a nice design, and no battery, amazing really. The incident dome is not permanently attached though, and does rattle a bit when mounted, but it does the job very well. I like this meter very much, and would trust it. The one I will use professionally though because of size, speed of use is the Sekonic FLASHMATE L-308S...there is no question, digital is faster to use, so long as you know beforehand what shutter speed you plan to shoot at...which you usually do. Hope all this helps those who were wondering about these meters, and thanks for all the comments. Gavin.

Larry Miller , Nov 20, 2013; 12:11 p.m.

The only problem is see with the Gossen is that it uses a CDS sensor. That sensor has a memory when you go from bright to dark. Takes time for it to settle down. There's no waiting for an SPD or a selenium sensor.

Richard Wrede , Dec 04, 2014; 01:16 a.m.

The Gossen 'Lunasix 3' has the CDS sensor, the 'Lunasix 3S' has the Silicon Blue Cell

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