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Old 12-11-2006, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
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leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

does anyone know anything about the Leningrad 7 light meter? I have been given one by a friend, but have no instructions, or any idea how to use it.
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Old 12-11-2006, 18:41   #2 (permalink)
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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

Take a look at ACP - Leningrad-7

There's also a link (at the bottom of the page) to a translated manual
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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

I have a Leningrad 4 - nifty little meter and easy to use,if you get stuck give me a shout.
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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

Just be careful that the exposure is correct as selenium-based light meters degrade with age.

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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

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I have a Leningrad 4 - nifty little meter and easy to use,if you get stuck give me a shout.
could you just give some brief instructions to me how to use it? i think i have the right idea, but just need a little clarification that i am right. Thanks again.
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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

Pointing the meter toward your subject the meter normally reads 8 to 14. If the needle isn't reading on the scale push the lever on the right side towards you until the meter shows 1 to 8. Whichever number the needle rests on , say 3, you then turn the outer dial until the V at the bottom is on 3. The top of the dial then shows the matching aperture and speed. By turning the inner dial you can set the ISO speed which wil hen adjust aperture and SS accordingly.

There is some talk about the accuracy of these selenium Leningrads and the selenium can degrade with age. Mine seems reasonable true and I don't use it that often but it is handy if I want to double-check a setting. I'd rather have my Leningrad 4 which costs 4 than pay hundreds for a modern electronic meter which would'nt get used.
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Pointing the meter toward your subject the meter normally reads 8 to 14. If the needle isn't reading on the scale push the lever on the right side towards you until the meter shows 1 to 8. Whichever number the needle rests on , say 3, you then turn the outer dial until the V at the bottom is on 3. The top of the dial then shows the matching aperture and speed. By turning the inner dial you can set the ISO speed which wil hen adjust aperture and SS accordingly.

There is some talk about the accuracy of these selenium Leningrads and the selenium can degrade with age. Mine seems reasonable true and I don't use it that often but it is handy if I want to double-check a setting. I'd rather have my Leningrad 4 which costs 4 than pay hundreds for a modern electronic meter which would'nt get used.
Thanks again .... just as i thought ... the only last 2 questions i have are as follows - Mine has DIN and ASA for the speed. Is ASA the same as ISO? and also, should the milky white cap be left on the meter all the time? or should it be taken off at all?

Thanks again for all your help ... is much appreciated .. have learnt a lot.
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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

Yes - ASA is the ISO speed. Normally the white cap is left off when you are metering for the subject, eg you point the meter at the subject. If you want to meter for the light source then put the cap on and point at the source. I can't ever remember using the cap on mine.
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Yes - ASA is the ISO speed. Normally the white cap is left off when you are metering for the subject, eg you point the meter at the subject. If you want to meter for the light source then put the cap on and point at the source. I can't ever remember using the cap on mine.
Thanks for that. I think I have the hang of it now. Your help is much appreciated.
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No problem.
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Re: leningrad 7 light meter instructions.

For what it is worth, I used to use the invercone (the milky white plastic bit) on my Western Master 5 all of the time when shooting tranparencies, (incident light reading - pointing at the light source) and without it for print film - reflected light readings (pointing at the subject/pointing at something similar to the subject/close to the subject or something similar if backlit/shielding it from direct sunlight)
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