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Photo Q&A

1: Old School Light Meter and Flash

I was going through my grandpa's old photo equipment and found a great light meter and flash. I was wondering if anyone can direct me to some information on figuring out how I work this lightmeter? Also wondering if it's possible to sync an old flash like this with my dSLR? I am shooting with a Nikon D70. I'm not even sure where to begin on figuring out how to use these and figure out their settings, or where to go for more info? I took some photos and attached them hoping they might look familiar to someone. I used my new phone camera ... so they aren't great but enough for identification.
Thanks in advance!
- Lynsey LundSee Sample Photo - Meter 3>

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Hi Lynsey,
The flash is a Vivitar 285. Vivitar is still in the photo business. The flash is still available. There are distance ranges in which it can work automatically. It should work well with your Nikon.

The meter is a version of the Luna-Pro. These were fine meters in their day, but the meter is your camera is far superior for measuring continuous light sources. For working with strobes the proof image and the histogram together are better than the strobe meters were. If you are working with film a meter still has some application. This meter used the PX-13 battery which is hard to get.

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Thanks John. I found a manual online finally for a newer version of the hopefully that will help with figuring out the settings. My parents picked up some hotshoe attachments to get it off camera, but I'm wondering once its off camera what do I do with it? Do I need a frame thing to attach it to my camera? Is there I way I can set it up on my xtra tripod? (I saw that done once and it was great). I hope I can get a charger/power supply for it, it seems to have gotten lost over the years.

Thanks for the info on the light meter too, I will just add it to the collection because its fun and stick with my in-camera metering :)

- Lynsey Lund

Hi Lynsey,
There are difficulties in syncing this strobe to a camera that uses dedicated flash. The big problem is that with a standard slave the strobe will go off too soon because the dedicated strobe uses a pre-flash for exposure and focus. One type of unit will ignore the pre-flash, but is too expensive. Alternatively, you can use an inexpensive radio slave from eBay, but you will have to plug the sender into the pc socket (there is a cord for this) if you want to use it with a dedicated flash. If you want to use just this unit, the radio slave would be fine. Here is a link to an article on strobe sync: By the way, it normally uses just regular AA batteries.

- John H. Siskin

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2: Photo printing

Does anyone know how to get your laptop screen photo image to match the colors of your printer? I have a Toshiba Satellite lap top and an Epson R1900 photo printer. Prints are much too dark and the colors are off compared to what I see on my lap top screen. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Lynnmarie
- Lynnmarie Daley

That is a really broad question. The problem is likely in your color management, which means you have to look at calibration, choice of working and image color spaces, image correction and how you are submitting images to your printer.

In my course, I recommend printing with a service, because you eliminate a plethora of issues related specifically to home printing... that AND it costs less (I know no one likes to believe that one, but it is true) AND the quality will be better. However, if you eliminate the base issues and learn to print with a serivce, you can likely solve your home printing issues as well.

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