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Old 09-23-2010, 09:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My father, God rest his soul, left me an antique light meter. Weston Photronic Exposure Meter, model 650. Does anyone know how to use one?
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Here is some information about your light meter:

http://www.jollinger.com/photo/meter...50-senior.html

In truth the meter may no longer be functional. These meters used a photocell to generate an electric current that caused the needle to move depending on how strong the light source was. In a meter that old I have a feeling the photo cell may be dead.

I would certainly hang onto it for its collectors and sentimental value.
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I'm no expert, but I don't believe photocells wear out and die; the device may be sensitive to mechanical shock and corrosion, but it's not likely that the selenium photocell itself became nonfunctional. Not that it matters from a practical point of view. These meters do cease functioning for various reasons.
Not trying to cause trouble; just my usual anal-retentive nature. Sorry.
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Thanks for the info
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Unless the photo cell has been physically damaged that part should be OK. However there are many other things which have more than likely gone wrong with it. To test it, take it out into good sunlight. If memory serves me (It's been avery long time!), the meter is activated by a button on the side. Hold the button down for several seconds in good sunlight and you shoulkd see the needle slowly move across the dial. Where is stops is your f stop. Since it is activiated by sunlight, you may or may not get a reading in dim light. Activate for a good 30 seconds, or until the needle stops moving. If it works at all, test it with a more modern meter to see how accurate it is.
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