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#1 daniel mahlknecht

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 04:01 AM

I just bought an used sekonic L-398, but it gives completely wrong results, minimum 3,5 stops difference to my sekonic L-508, and with increasing lightintensity the difference gets even bigger (the meter never reaces the point where the highlightgrid is needed). Probably seleniumcells are weak or is there a way to set the lightmeter (I already have set the zero position), do there exist replacement seleniumcells?

thanks for any help
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#2 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 07:52 AM

Yes you can replace the selenium cell. I did it one year ago on an old weston I have that I don't use much, but still like the fact that it works !

If you were in France I'd give you the name of a guy who would do this for cheap, but I guess you 're not in France are you ?

Ask a Sekonic repair agreed shop...
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#3 daniel mahlknecht

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 09:38 AM

actually i live in Italy which is not to far away, so I might try to contact him.
I'm quiet confident that I would also be able to do the work, I just need to find a replacementcell, I couldnt find one in the Sekonic spare parts list.

in the meantime thanks for the information
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Posted 15 November 2005 - 10:06 AM

I don't live far from the italian border, and will be in Paris around christmas... If you think we can manage anything, send me a PM or mail, I can give you his number as well
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#5 daniel mahlknecht

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 12:19 PM

Hi, thank you for your offer.
In the meantime I have found a place in milan where they repair sekonics, so maybe this will be easier.
I still hope that the guy who sold me the lightmeter will take it back, but with ebay you never know and it doesn't seem very likely.
in case this two choises won't work out, I will ask you again for the number of your friend.

thanks again
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#6 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 03:56 PM

Hi,

The wheel calculator assembly just dropped out the front of mine.

Aargh.

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#7 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 04:36 PM

Do you have a repair in London ?

The official one in Paris :

Atelier Photo-Ciné Ms 3 r Charles Baudelaire 75012 Paris | Plan | Itinéraire .33(0)1 44 75 73 73
REPAR-PHOTO.ATEL AGREE:CONTAX,ROLLEI
KONICAMINOLTA POLAROID SAMSUNG KODAK
SEKONIC KINDERMAN YASHICA MAMIYA
Posted Image Posted ImageSite Or if you like better an unofficial one (retired guy from MS, cheaper, no bill), Pm or e-mail me...
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#8 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 15 November 2005 - 10:42 PM

Hi,

Thanks for the information, but I fixed it on the kitchen table in about twenty minutes - it's not rocket science.

Phil
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#9 daniel mahlknecht

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Posted 17 November 2005 - 08:28 AM

fortunately the seller will take the lightmeter back.
interesting maybe (i had never heard of it), the usermanual says, that insekticides (like used in wardrobes) can harm the lightmeter, also it should not be kept in metal lockers or metallic wardrobes.
does this include also metal cameracases?
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