Saturday, October 10, 2009

Oops, I dropped my Pocket Spot meter in the ....

We hope this never happens, so to avoid costly and untimely repairs, be sure that the lanyard is in good shape and the knot is tight and the appropriate knot. Always keep the meter secure.

First, if you should have a bad day and drop your meter onto a hard surface or run over it with a car. Don't worry, it is probably okay. It is not out of calibration. If it hit very hard, then it is possible for the electronics to break, but not likely. And they can be replaced or repaired as necessary. If the switch on the bottom appears damaged, don't try to fix it yourself unless you are in the Gobi desert. All other deserts, please contact us. Do not attempt to disassemble this meter. It is virtually impossible unless you know what you are doing. This is not a challenge, only a warning. Don't take the dial off as that will get you nowhere.

Second, if you should drop the meter into a fresh water. See if there is water inside. Although Pocket Spot is not waterproof, it is fairly repellent and should dunk be brief, it may be fine. Dry off the outside. Take out the battery and see if there is water inside. If there is water inside, you will need to send it in for repair. Do not put the battery back in place. Again, if you are in the Gobi and have no email, rinse the meter with distilled water and dry in a warm place such as the sunny dash of you car or a vacuum chamber.

Third, if you should drop the meter into salt water. See above and if there is water inside, then rinse it several times, inside and out, with distilled, reverse osmosis, or de-ionized water. Leave the battery out and contact the factory. If you get it in time, there is hope.

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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.