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02-10-2010, 02:32 PM   #1
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[SOLD] [Worldwide] Asahi Pentax Spotmeter V Marketplace Listing

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Asahi Pentax Spotmeter V

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I think this is the classic version of a classic spotmeter. Older versions of this meter work well, but rely on mercury battery technology and must be adapted for accuracy. Newer versions are digital but expensive. This one uses the common 76/357/LR44 silver oxide battery, the same used by many Pentax MF film cameras. It uses an analog meter to read exposure value (Ev) directly, and has a calculator dial to compute a combination of ISO, aperture and shutter speed to expose that spot correctly. The meter has a 21 field of view viewfinder and meters a 1-wide spot. It has a button which lights the lower part of the scale so you can read it in dim light without altering the meter reading. Another button tests the battery. The eyepiece is adjustable but the spec sheet doesn't say its diopter range. The meter measures from Ev 1 to 19. Construction is extremely solid; it would make a good alternate weapon if you don't have an SF1.

I got this to see how my split prism screen affected the camera's spot metering. It's also a great learning tool to learn metering in general. I also use the Ev calculator a lot. The difference between this and the camera's meter is that the camera's field of view is affected by the lens you use.

The meter is working perfectly and agrees with my camera meter readings. It has one cosmetic issue, the filter ring was dented. I think this is 46mm in diameter, and I don't have any filters that size. I made it look a little better than the photo shows, but with no filter to check it, I can't say it's fixed, just better looking. The meter comes with a nifty plastic cap, I was told from a rifle scope. It slips over the lens opening (covers the dent too) and has a hinged popup cover. The batteries are about a year old and still test OK, but at the bottom of the OK range. Weight is about a pound. Soft case and metal cap are also included.

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