Apr 092013
 

© Paul Mozell

I must have been 12 or 13 years old when my father, a professional cinematographer and still photographer, gave me my first light meter, a General Electric.  In these days of 36 megapixel DSLRs it may be useful to remember the tools we had available in the 1960’s.

I still have this meter and it works! You can flip open a cover on the top and take a reflected light reading. Or, you can snap off the entire top of the unit and take an incident light reading—the light striking the subject. It’s a simple matter to transfer the reading from the dial to the calculator to get your f-stop and shutter speeds. I used the meter for many years with a twin lens Rolleicord, later a Rolleiflex, and a Kodak Retina II 35mm rangefinder camera. I upgraded to a Weston light meter and later a Gossen. All to support black & white photography.

General Electric photographic light meter

General Electric photographic light meter

If anyone knows the date of manufacture of this meter please comment below. I suspect it was the late 40’s or 50’s.

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