Bob Buderman’s Friend of Thirty Years

Bob Buderman sent us an anecdote about a recent adventure with his Sekonic meter. Here’s what he had to report.

About three weeks ago I was taking a walk in a woodsy area with my six month old dog, camera, and 30 year old Sekonic Studio Deluxe L-398. When I got home I realized my meter was missing. I went back to look for it but I didn’t have much hope. There was about eight inches of snow on the ground and we had covered quite an area. I went back every day for a week and spread the word, usually having to explain what a light meter is, but no luck. The snow had turned to ice and I had given up hope. Sentimental attachments aside, I still needed a meter, so I turned to eBay and purchased a beautiful L-28c.

©Robert Buderman

This past weekend I went back, just the dog this time, and found someone had found my meter and put it on a bench. I picked it up, pushed the button and it worked. I couldn’t believe it. Over two weeks buried in the snow, ice and slush and aside from a little moisture in the ASA window it was fine. The moisture dried out on it’s own over the next day or so.

I’ve asked around and can’t find the person who found it to thank them, so I thought the least I could do was thank you. I know that it’s hard to believe, and probably impossible to explain but whatever the reason, that great little meter is still working. You guys should be proud.

Bob Buderman

In a separate note, Bob explained his gear and methodology.

The bicycle was shot with a Mamiya 330F using Ilford Delta 400 film. My other cameras are a Nikon FM and FM2. I do a lot of shooting in “high contrast” situations and the Sekonic enables me to select what parts of the frame I want properly exposed, as opposed to using the camera meter which would average the entire scene. I find even when shooting more evenly lit scenes I am just more comfortable using the Sekonic. I might take readings in several areas and then do my own “averaging,” favoring one area slightly over another.

Bob shoots film and doesn’t have a Web site. You can see more of his work on his Flickr page. Thanks, Bob!

Posted in Sekonic, vintage light meter.

6 Responses to Bob Buderman’s Friend of Thirty Years

  1. Gary says:

    Great story.

    Speaking of old friends, I’m trying to find a manual for this even-older LC-1 ( Can you help?

  2. Ken says:

    what is the difference between the L608 Cine and the L608 I guess what I am really asking is I do Still photography and I know the L608 Cine is been developed for the video side of the business will it do as well shooting stills as the L608 I have a chance to buy the L608 Cine but I only need it for stills

    • MAC Group says:

      Can’t find my blog sign on so going directly to you.
      The Cine versions of the combination meters add more features to the “base” model.
      Both the 608 an 608 Cine have the same still photographer features such as cord and cordless flash. They both will take the PW transmitter for wireless triggering. Need to buy that separately. He Cine version has Cine filtration factors, Foot Lamberts, a wider array of frames per second. Shutter angles, etc. Things you may or may not use today. As said, the still stuff is the same.
      Hope that helps,

      Phil Bradon
      Product Marketing Manager
      PocketWizard, Sekonic
      MAC Group
      8 Westchester Plaza
      Elmsford, NY 10523
      T 914-345-5415
      C 914-886-3196

  3. Hope says:

    My dad has a Sekonic L-II universal Light Meter. Model #14073. Can you please tell me more about this model? How do I get it to work and is there a manual for it somewhere in the archives?

    Thank you

    • Matt Hill says:

      Hi, Hope. The Sekonic L-II was introduced in 1951. I believe these meters were selenium-based, and we know of owners who still have meters from this era in working order. Due to the extreme age of this gear, we don’t have detailed information on it. Anything you’ll come across regarding it will most likely be printed in Japanese. Here’s an old ad featuring the L-II and several other meters of the day. Vintage Sekonic meters can be found on eBay and discussed on several photography gear forums. Perhaps if you post on a forum, answers may come from collectors of vintage gear.

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