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01-16-2018, 02:17 PM   #1
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Pentax Spotmeter V Zone VI Modified Marketplace Listing

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Pentax Spotmeter V Zone VI Modified

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Hansville, Washington (United States)

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This is a Pentax Spotmeter V Zone VI modified. It comes with lens cap, original manual, case, and two sets of batteries for operation. One set of batteries is slightly used since I wanted to make sure all was in working order.

I have been the sole owner of this spotmeter. It hasn't been used for many years but has always been stored inside; protected, dry, and away from any harsh conditions. I had actually forgotten about it until recently cleaning a closet and coming upon all my old film camera gear. It is clean and functional with a few very minor handling blemishes as can be seen in the photos. The meter works smoothly and holds steady.

This spotmeter served me well back in the days I was shooting film. Though the Zone VI modifications apply most specifically to black and white photography this meter enhanced my working with color film as well. After I bought it my success rate in capturing the images as I saw them in my minds eye increased dramatically. I found it to be an essential tool for the film photographer who uses the zone system.

You will not find many of these with the Zone VI modification available these days.

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I'm not accepting returns though I will insure the package for shipping.

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01-17-2018, 10:39 AM   #2
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I deleted the comment because it was intended to praise the meter in general, not knowing the specific attributes of this one. I am glad the OP explained the modifications. They sound wonderful.

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Actually, there is more substance to this meter than a sticker though I may have misunderstood your comment. There are physical modifications that were made to the meter by the Zone VI Studio that made it more effective for use with the zone system. Most specifically the zone system as applies to black and white photography.

There has been some debate over the last 20 some years on the value add of the modifications but in my experience, the guidance of professional photographers who's workshops I attended, and from the testimonials of others that can be found on the web these meters added value as promised.

The following quote from another post lists the modifications that have been made.

"The modifications, on the other hand, involve physical changes to the meter. Here's what Zone VI Studios said they did in making the modifications: Installation of superior photo-electric cells; installation of a series of step-down baffles to eliminate flare; installation of a braod-spectrum (ultra-black) infrared absorbent coating to eliminate reflections; design and installation of four corrective filters, intended to match the meter's spectral response to the spectral response of the film."

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QuoteOriginally posted by Pepe Guitarra Quote
I deleted the comment because it was intended to praise the meter in general, not knowing the specific attributes of this one. I am glad the OP explained the modifications. They sound wonderful.
No problem, it game me an opportunity to put in some technical details about the modifications. Especially great for the dynamic range offered by the dynamic range of black and white film in particular. The meter in general was just an essential tool for composition even when I was shooting color slide film.

A very useful tool.
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