Thursday, July 10, 2008

MetroLux II, End of Production

MetroLux, the compensating darkroom timer ends production

MetroLux, The Darkroom Lamp Controller,
get one while you can

MetroLux counts down for the last time

The last production of MetroLux IIs is upon us. There are a small number of units left for sale and that will be that. When they are gone, they are gone. If you have always wanted a MetroLux or think you'll want one in the future, then there is no better time than now to get one. We won't be making any more and used MetroLux are hard to find and almost as expensive as new ones. We won't be holding any back and there will be no more after this.


MetroLux II w/probe and instructions $369
Footswitch $45
Extra probe $45

Plus shipping and applicable taxes. Prices are subject to change.

Service for MetroLux One and II continues to be available, although for the One, some parts are scarce. This is not as scary as it sounds. To date, we have been able to fix all the Metrolux that have come our way. The return rate is very low. The Metrolux design has been and continues to be very durable.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Early Pocket Spot Baffles

Unpainted older metal baffle.

If you have an early Pocket Spot Meter, then the baffle in front of the lens (outside) will be one with several individual 'rings' made of anodized aluminum. If this is the case, there is an improvement to be done if it hasn't already been done. You should be able to tell. The edges of the rings, at least the forward most two, should be painted with flat black paint. Krylon UFB is the best, but most any will work. Put some on a Q-tip or paint brush, and go around those edges without getting any on the lens. This improves metering contrast. If you'd like us to do it, send it in.

If you have a baffle that appears to be threaded and made of plastic, then this is not an issue and you can sleep at night.

Painted baffle

Lens is dirty.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Pocket Spot

Here is the Pocket Spot in the rare red model. Most units are all black with white laser scribed writing and red LED display. Single LEDs on display indicate 1/3 and 2/3 addition EVs. The meter is 2.25" long and a little wider than 2". Body is 3/4" thick and the dials adds 1/8". Finish is black anodized over a solid block of machined aluminum. It weighs 4 1/8 oz (117 grams) with strap and battery, both included. EV range is -1 2/3 to 23 at 100 ASA. Spectral sensitivity is compensated for "typical" B&W film. Angle of view is approximately 1 degree. Viewing is by bore-sighting through the hole the length of the chassis. Battery is the 6V PX28.

Pocket Spot Light Meter, Top and Bottom View

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Remote Sensors No More

I think it may be here in the blog somewhere, but the question of Remote Sensors has come up.  These are little boxes that worked with the MetroLux II and measured light at the easel.  Unfortunately, there are no more in stock and there are no more chassis available, so these are discontinued.  You might try a WTB ad at a discussion group, but I have never seen one for sale and few were made.  Sorry about that.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Decisions: MetroLux final run

We at Metered Light have decided to make the last batch of MetroLux.  We have looked at various numbers; I even retrieved data from 5" floppy disks for new quotes, but I'm afraid the numbers are not viable.  Our last run will be about 25 pieces.  Production has begun and they will be available in a month.  We continue to have call for additional sensors and we are filling these requests.  

The good news is that being done with MetroLux frees our time for production of new Pocket Spot Meters.  No time frame has been set, but they will be coming.  

Thanks for your support.

Pocket Spot

Pocket Spot
Metering in the Office, 10 2/3 EVs

Pocket Spot

Pocket Spot
Metering in the Office, 4 1/3 EVs

Pocket Spot Spec Sheet

Pocket Spot Digital Light Meter Specs

Display: 2-digit Red LED with 1/3, 2/3 LED indicators

Dial: White, laser-engraved on Meter's anodized color background. Intermost dial is ISO with f/# on the outside. f/1.0 to f/128. Outer dial is shutter speeds from 8 minutes to 1/4000 sec on the inside and EV on the outside. EVs from -1 to 20. Body is marked with Zones from Zero to X (10). [Romans didn't have a zero, but what are you going to do? ]

ISO: 3 to 12800 ISO, marked in 1/3 stops

EV range: -1 2/3 to 23 at 100 ISO

Spectral Sensitivity: Compensated for "typical" B&W film, i.e. HP5+ or Tri-X

Angle of View: approximately 1 degree, smaller at very high EVs and 3 degrees at lower EVs

Viewing: Bore-sight through the hole the length of the chassis. Meter is held about 12" or 300mm from the eye (length of strap)

Linearity: about 1% from low to high.

Calibration: Not required. No adjustments inside.

Finish: Black anodized over a solid block of machined aluminum. Texture is random tumble over stones before anodize. Other colors in consideration at extra cost are RED and BLUE.

Battery: 6V PX28 or equivalent, Supplied

Dimensions: 2.25" x 2" x 3/4" (L x W x T) 57 x 50 x 19 mm
Dial on top is 1/8" thick, 3 mm

Weight: 4 1/8 oz (117 grams) with strap and battery, both included.

specifications subject to change

More pictures on page two near bottom.