After pre-setting the ISO value for the film in use, you point towards subject - the red needle responds to reflected light & moves across the dial to an EV number - you align the rotary scale to the EV number on one side of the dial and the other side of the dial shows a series of speed & aperture combinations for you to select a matching pairSerious question: How do you use it? My parents had one and I looked at it a few years ago but it didn't seem to do anything and it wasn't broken.
The light sensitive element does desensitise after a while, the selenium cells do fail due to things like heat, damp, light (that's a bit ironic when you see camera collectors with their old machines lined up on shelves, they are killing them just by showing them off).Thank you and yes, it does. I think the one I used probably wasn’t working as nothing seemed to move . Might have another look one day
Serious question: How do you use it? My parents had one and I looked at it a few years ago but it didn't seem to do anything and it wasn't broken.
Nice collector's items. Good for nostalgia. These were excellent tools before in-camera light meters became good enough to use. I've used a couple of Weston light meters in the 70s - they don't compare to the ease of using the current crop of digital light meters or in accuracy and usefulness.
Yes Brian it's Russian, and I managed to find the instructions online .I used to collect old light meters, had a few of the weston masters, such fun to use. The only light meter I could never work out how to use was a Jessops own brand lightmeter. Trawled the internet for ever to find an instruction manual to no avail, even Jessops themselves couldn't help. Drove me crazy trying to work it out to the point that I had to hide it away or risk being admitted to a psychiatric institution . Quite often those weston masters could be purchased with a weston invercone as can be seen in your shot for measuring incident light.
@rebel06 you probably realise that yours is of Soviet origin, had one of those too. Some old Russian kit was good fun, had a Zorki camera that had a clockwork shutter.
I have a Weston Master 5, in its original box and never used apart from me testing it last year with an old Box Brownie. Still very accurate and the leather case still smells new. It could be sold as brand new, but no way will I part with it.