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Jan 10, 2019 10:38:32   #
petercbrandt
 
What is it ?

Has anybody got an idea what this item is or does.
Got it from my passing brother, an avid amateur photographer.
He had Rollei and Alpa cameras; see a connection ?
here are 3 pictures !


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Jan 10, 2019 10:39:02   #
petercbrandt
 
PS: its all made in Germany, if that helps

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Jan 10, 2019 10:47:20   #
via the lens (a regular here)
 
Flash bracket cover? Looks like the ones I use for my Nikon cameras. Only an uninformed guess.

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Jan 10, 2019 10:56:41   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
It looks like a hand-held light meter’s detachable incident dome.

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Jan 10, 2019 12:02:53   #
rook2c4 (a regular here)
 
burkphoto wrote:
It looks like a hand-held light meter’s detachable incident dome.


I believe you are correct.

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Jan 10, 2019 12:24:55   #
petercbrandt
 
OK, it fits, but its rather over-sized white incident light reader, what about the little black case ? It has a grid inside. Now where do I attach a pix (of it assembled w/o the black part) to this reply?

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Jan 10, 2019 14:17:41   #
Tom DePuy (a regular here)
 
petercbrandt wrote:
OK, it fits, but its rather over-sized white incident light reader, what about the little black case ? It has a grid inside. Now where do I attach a pix (of it assembled w/o the black part) to this reply?


Just click on reply or quote reply and add the picture just like you did to begin with

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Jan 10, 2019 16:43:21   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
petercbrandt wrote:
OK, it fits, but its rather over-sized white incident light reader, what about the little black case ? It has a grid inside.


The grid is designed to narrow the accepted beam of reflectance when the meter is used in reflected light mode. The white insert is used to meter light sources in incident mode.

At least, that's what I've seen on similar old meters.

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Jan 10, 2019 19:05:29   #
petercbrandt
 
burkphoto wrote:
The grid is designed to narrow the accepted beam of reflectance when the meter is used in reflected light mode. The white insert is used to meter light sources in incident mode.

At least, that's what I've seen on similar old meters.


Heres what it looks like mounted in front of the meter, rather over sized, but the black part with the grid inside doesn't seem to fit to anything. The black part does not open, its sealed.



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Jan 10, 2019 19:18:29   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
petercbrandt wrote:
Heres what it looks like mounted in front of the meter, rather over sized, but the black part with the grid inside doesn't seem to fit to anything. The black part does not open, its sealed.


Hmmm... Any Alpa fans out there?

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Jan 10, 2019 21:00:33   #
User ID (a regular here)
 
burkphoto wrote:
Hmmm... Any Alpa fans out there?


I'd say you remove the meter from the camera to use
it as an incident meter, and the panel behind the grid
is the selenium cell. Looks like it has 2 slide-in contact
strips so there should be a dock for those on the meter.

Kinda ridiculous ... IOW verrrrrrry Alpa-esque.

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Jan 10, 2019 21:41:44   #
E.L.. Shapiro (a regular here)
 
The meter is mounted in the accessory shoe but I assume it is completely external to the camera- no integration or coupling with the camera. I remember the Alpa as a strictly manual camera. Assuming this is the cases, what is the make of the meter, perhaps Waltz, Leica, Sekonic? There were a number of manufacturers that made small meters that sat atop the camera. That might be a clue of those things is are accessories specific to the meter. To convert an incident ligh meter to a reflected meter usually grid or perforated disk is used in front of the ligh collector. To convert a reflected light meter for incident readings, a integrator or difusser is required. The accessories in the post look like thise accessories for a larger meter.

Picture - a typical small meyer of that era.


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Jan 11, 2019 06:21:27   #
chrisg-optical
 
E.L.. Shapiro wrote:
The meter is mounted in the accessory shoe but I assume it is completely external to the camera- no integration or coupling with the camera. I remember the Alpa as a strictly manual camera. Assuming this is the cases, what is the make of the meter, perhaps Waltz, Leica, Sekonic? There were a number of manufacturers that made small meters that sat atop the camera. That might be a clue of those things is are accessories specific to the meter. To convert an incident ligh meter to a reflected meter usually grid or perforated disk is used in front of the ligh collector. To convert a reflected light meter for incident readings, a integrator or difusser is required. The accessories in the post look like thise accessories for a larger meter.

Picture - a typical small meyer of that era.
The meter is mounted in the accessory shoe but I a... (show quote)


Wow and I thought the built in selenium meter on my first SLR (Praktica LB2) was behind the times...this looks like something out of a 50s sci-fi movie....

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Jan 11, 2019 09:14:30   #
StanMac (a regular here)
 
burkphoto wrote:
It looks like a hand-held light meter’s detachable incident dome.


My thought too.

Stan

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Jan 11, 2019 10:29:57   #
Silverman
 
petercbrandt wrote:
What is it ?

Has anybody got an idea what this item is or does.
Got it from my passing brother, an avid amateur photographer.
He had Rollei and Alpa cameras; see a connection ?
here are 3 pictures !


Might it have been to store Rolls of Film?

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