Best analog light meter...Gossen Lunasix 3S or Euro-MASTER 11?

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by j. f., Oct 24, 2005.

  1. Which of these two analog lightmeters would you recommend, Gossen Lunasix 3S or Euro-
    MASTER 11? Or would I be better off aiming for a small digital lightmeter, eg the Sekonic
    FLASHMATE L-308S? I need the meter to be tough and accurate, quick to use for B/W
    portraits, street photography, landscapes in ambient light. I kind of like the display of the
    analog v digital meters, but what do people with experience of both interfaces think?

    The Gossen Lunasix 3S can measure in very low light (-4/+17) for night and interiors, has
    a 7.5 degree spot attachment, and uses a battery.

    The Euro-MASTER 11, the latest version of Weston exposure meters, does not need a
    battery and seems more rugged in build but does not have such an impressive light range

    Thanks! Gavin.
  2. I'd go with the Lunasix 3s because it is very sensitive in low light.
  3. Lunasix 3s! - Definitely! :)

  4. While the Euro Master II lacks the low light capabilities of a battery powered meter I have
    found it to be a lightweight, pocketable, and dependable companion. For b+w work it has
    been more than adequate for my needs.
  5. The Sekonic l-398M, is a wery good al-round analog incident light meter, it is
    tough and accurate, a littel heavy and maybe not the fastet meter around but
    wery reliable."Photography workshops in Spain"
  6. I love my Weston Master II which I recently got off E bay for about $12.00! It registers from .2 to 1600 candle/sq ft in two ranges and requires no batteries. It's about the same vintage as my Speed Graphic.
  7. Thanks for all the answers! Couldn't decide so collected them all in the end, 2 secondhand
    and still going strong. The Gossen Lunasix 3S is very well made (not totally necessary but I
    advise this 3S model because it has a red needle which is easier to see and a very useful
    exposure offset function, to use when using filters/bellows entension/matching meters
    etc). I find that you have to press the button for a few seconds until the needle stops
    moving to get accurate reading and the needle does sometimes jump when you try to lock
    it, so read the needle before you lock. I'm now trying to find a measurement probe
    attachment to take reads from 4/5 camera groundglass...that's why I got the meter
    afterall. Just to pass on a good find...the manual for this Gossen, which you can download
    from their website, is very well written, and explains the whole approach/technique of
    light metering...well worth a read, even if you don't have this meter! This meter seems to
    be the same as the Lunapro S (sold in US). Another gossen anolog meter, the Lunapro F, is
    said to be even quicker to use, and can measure coordless flash, it has a different needle
    display/ instead of reading EV numbers and then transfering to a dial as on
    the Lunarpro S/Lunasix 3S you just turn a dial to NULL the needle to a Zero setting, and
    then read off your different exposures. The Euro-master 11 is also very accurate,
    especially in mid low to bright light, but I find it underexposes a bit in dim light (by a
    consistant amount so you can easily adjust) but it is small and very well made, a nice
    design, and no battery, amazing really. The incident dome is not permanently attached
    though, and does rattle a bit when mounted, but it does the job very well. I like this meter
    very much, and would trust it. The one I will use professionally though because of size,
    speed of use is the Sekonic FLASHMATE L-308S...there is no question, digital is faster to
    use, so long as you know beforehand what shutter speed you plan to shoot at...which you
    usually do. Hope all this helps those who were wondering about these meters, and thanks
    for all the comments. Gavin.
  8. The only problem is see with the Gossen is that it uses a CDS sensor. That sensor has a memory when you go from bright to dark. Takes time for it to settle down. There's no waiting for an SPD or a selenium sensor.
  9. The Gossen 'Lunasix 3' has the CDS sensor, the 'Lunasix 3S' has the Silicon Blue Cell

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