>1. I find myself wanting to take more and more photos at night, or in
>low light conditions. The meter in my camera does not do well when it
>must be read against a dark sky background (nearly impossible). Does
>anybody have any reccomendations for a light meter model that is
>economical and well suited to night/low light photography? I have been
>thinking about the Sekonic L-558, despite the steep price (cheapest i
>found was around $420), it seems to have the highest sensitivity and
>includes a built in spotmeter. Compared to the minolta's spotmeter
>attachment that I found to be very unsolid and ready to break away at
Answser A: Get a Kodak pocket photoguide, which gives nice estimates for
exposures for nightime shots.
Answer B: Buy a used Gossen Super Pilot or Luna-Pro or some other such meter
for $30-60 and use that before plunking down big bucks for the latest wiz-bang
Sekonic meter. The Sekonic is nice, but you can easily find more
Answer C: Bracket a lot, which you'll need to do anyway.
>2. Along with the above problem is the weight of a tripod required for
>steadying the camera in low light situations. How much stability does
>a monopod actually provide? Does it permit exposures of a second or
>more, or is it only to allow a few more stops less than handheld? Is a
>monopod worth lugging around, or is it better to go with a tripod or
>stick to trees, buildings, etc.? Any suggestions for models, heads,
Buy a used, all-metal Tiltall or a Star-D copy, which are almost
industructable. That will serve you well with limited funds. Like this:
>3. Are there any sources for the mercury batteries used in the OM-1?
They're increasingly hard to find. If the camera doesn't need a CLA, get one
of the CRIS adapters or buy Wein zinc-air cells, which last about 6-mo each.
>4. Being in a large city, I have been craving wide angle capability
>since arriving here. I have been waiting and hoping for something to
>turn up at the flea market or elsewhere, but I have reached the end of
>my rope. Does anybody have a spare or unused wide angle zuiko they
>would like to sell? On a long shot; does anybody have a spare or
>unused lightmeter they would like to put for sale?
Zuiko 28/3.5's shoulc be very, very cheap on Ebay and area a great starter wide
angle. I see one sold for $10 recently.
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