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Old 06-16-2006, 09:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Um, what happens when you put your light meter in the refrigerator for about two weeks? Well, I'm about to find out...

Okay, to make this story short, I thought I had lost my Gossen Ultra-Spot 2 spot meter (which I LOVE), and was dreading the thought of having to shell out $900 for another one, when today I looked in a bag of the film I had brought back from my last shoot (about two weeks ago) that was in the fridge, and guess what I found?

Well, so far it actually seems to be working okay (I'm gonna let it thaw out for a few minutes and then post an update here to be sure), so if you're looking to get a meter than can handle extreme cold, you might wanna look at a Gossen.

Geez, it's been a fun day. If you haven't seen it, check out my last post on how I flooded the basement today.

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Re: Light meter deep freeze
Old 06-16-2006, 09:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'll bet it works better coming out of the refrigerator than it would have if it had come out of your downstairs shower. Send me a list of your photographic equipment and I'll let you know what you can keep at my house where it will be safe.

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Old 06-16-2006, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Send me a list of your photographic equipment and I'll let you know what you can keep at my house where it will be safe.

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LOL, will do Chip.
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Old 06-16-2006, 10:14 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Just an update -- I tested the Gossen spot meter taking a reading from a gray card with reading from a Sekonic L-358 incident meter, and it seems to be working just fine! It underexposes by about a half of a stop as compared with the Sekonic, which is what it always did, so it works perfectly.

How's that for a Gossen testimonial?

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Re: Light meter deep freeze
Old 06-16-2006, 10:53 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Um, what happens when you put your light meter in the refrigerator for about two weeks? Well, I'm about to find out...

Okay, to make this story short, I thought I had lost my Gossen Ultra-Spot 2 spot meter (which I LOVE), and was dreading the thought of having to shell out $900 for another one, when today I looked in a bag of the film I had brought back from my last shoot (about two weeks ago) that was in the fridge, and guess what I found?
Gossen has always made meters that withstand temperature extremes quite well. I had an early Luna Pro that I picked up while playing around in the Central Highlands of certain southeast Asian country a while ago... it wasn't unusual to have 100F+ temps at 100% humidity. Nary a problem.

From there, my employer decided that I'd best serve mankind in the geographic center of North America... Well, in North Dakota, it tends to get cold during the winter, and you usually don't leave anything in the car overnight that can be affected by the cold.

Duh.. one evening the Gossen apparently slipped out of the camera bag where it cooled off on the car seat... to a true temp of -16F the next morning and it kept on working. Of course, it was a CDS reflective meter instead of your electronic spot, but...

The only thing it didn't survive was a dunk in the Mediterranean the next summer.... it couldn't swim, unfortunately.
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Re: Light meter deep freeze
Old 06-16-2006, 11:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Gossen has always made meters that withstand temperature extremes quite well.
Apparently very true! I'm kind of surprised it seems to be working so well right now -- I mean, a few days in the fridge maybe, but a few weeks? Yep, I was pleasantly surprised. While I can't attest to how all the electronic stuff would do at -16F, at least we now know it can handle being pretty doggone chilly for a few weeks.

Now as long as I don't drop it in the basement, I'll be fine.

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Re: Light meter deep freeze
Old 06-17-2006, 07:26 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Er, nothing, provided you don't get moisture condensing on a critical circuit when it's brought into a normal environment.
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Re: Light meter deep freeze
Old 06-17-2006, 10:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Er, nothing, provided you don't get moisture condensing on a critical circuit when it's brought into a normal environment.
Apparently nothing bad's happened inside it yet, 'cause so far, so good.
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