It's another one of those "can't believe I've never posted this" things. Like most of my stuff, it's not specifically special. Except it looks pretty cool, it's in perfect condition, cost me not very much and has twiddly bits.
A recent addition to one of my most pointless collections. I only have a handful of vintage light meters but each is a masterpiece of everyday engineering. I'm not even much of a photographer - What need do I have for a light meter? None. Which is good because full functionality is of no interest to me. No. To qualify for membership of this particular assemblage only the following criteria must be met:
a) It must be a light meter
b) It must be old(ish)
c) It must have swiddly bits
It would be fair to say that (c) is actually the most important characteristic.
I was on a photo-shoot last week, in our photographer's studio. Like many, his studio is filled with interesting left-overs and obsolete equipment. And it reminded me of my snail's-pace collection of light meters. I haven't got many and the few I do have have been brought together over, well, more years than I can be bothered to work out. Like lots of the stuff I collect I have no interest in actual value. My light meters are, almost certainly, of no significant value; I strongly suspect a couple of them were just run-of-the-mill devises and no self-respecting pro would be seen dead with them. That doesn't matter to me. I'm not even that into photography, not really. I carry a very average compact digital thing and am very happy with it. To be honest, I just think they're great objects. They could be for anything for all I care; they're just great, pocket-size, twiddly objects.