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My Sweet Sixtino

Sixtino 2

I recently purchased a Yashica 124 on Ebay for $100. I love it, it's in great cosmetic condition and it works perfectly... except for the light meter. From what I've read, this is a common problem for Yashicas, as well as other older medium format TLRs.

Well, leave it to Gossen to come up with something so simple, yet so brilliant, to fix this problem.

The Gossen Sixtino 2 is an incident and reflected light meter that, you got it, doesn't require a battery. Brilliant, right? It uses selenium photo cells to give you an accurate reading every time. It's tiny; less than two inches square, and is extremely lightweight. You can even fit this little baby in your pocket. The Sixtino 2 uses a following needle to give you a reading from 1/1000 of a second to 4 minutes, ISO 6 (yes, 6, not 60) to 3200, f/1.4 to f/22.

Before I got this meter I was considering buying an expensive, and also much larger, light meter with so many buttons I don't even know what all of them do. (Seriously, how many of us really need two ISO buttons?) But now that I have this amazingly small, amazingly simple, amazingly non-battery eating meter, it's really all I need. Granted, this light meter is no substitute for a one-degree reflected spot meter; it's a 50 degree range, which makes it hardly suitable for reflected readings. But if you're under a budget and can't shell out $500 for a meter, this one will work great for you if you use the incident function. If you have an old TLR without a working meter, this one is perfect for making an accurate incident reading.

In this world of technology and the digital age, things are not made to last. Equipment breaks down on us just in time for the newer model to come out, making our older models obsolete or less desirable. However, Gossen has so flawlessly put other light meters to shame. The Sixtino 2 is one of the best pieces of gear I own, as well as one of the least expensive pieces of gear I own, and I love that it'll never die on me.

It may not have all the bells and whistles of a fancy light meter, but when you're spending thousands of dollars on equipment, it's an exceptional substitute for something that will cost you ten times more. And never having to change a battery? Purely brilliant.

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