Test: Pocket Light Meter App For iPhone X Pt 2 of 2

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You live and you learn, sometimes the hard way. When I had decided to test the Pocket Light Meter App for iPhone X against my Sekonic L-358 light meter, I also decided to pair it with one of my medium format cameras had not tested; The Mamiya RZ67 Pro.

First a little back history on my RZ67, I bought this camera “as-is” last year, the electronics didn’t work, but the camera was still usable at the emergency shutter speed of 1//400th of a sec, The bad news is that since the cameras electronics were not operable, there is no warning that the dark slide was still in the film back, and unlike my other “manual” medium formats; the shutter button can not be engaged if the dark slide was still in the film back. So during the test, there were a lot of missed shots, I mean a whole lot of missed shots.

My test included the following:

  • Mamiya RZ67 Pro camera body

  • Mamiya Sekkor 50mm C lens

  • Mamiya RZ67 Pro II 120 film back

  • ilford HP5+ black and white 120 film

  • Pocket Light Meter for iPhone X

  • Sekonic L-358 light meter

For the most part of my test. the iPhone app pretty much kept up my handheld meter (Sekonic L-358) The readings for the highlights were point on, the Shadow readings were for the most part about a third off, no game killer though.

As stated above, the test would have been more in depth if I had not forgotten to remove the dark slide from the film back, resulting in many missed opportunities.

Will I trust this app for any future shoots: The short answer is Yes and No. If the shoot is for a client, I would always opt for my trusty handheld meter, personal projects on the other hand, I would switch between this app and my Sekonic.

The next time I plan to use this app will be when I shoot some 4x5 film in the next week or so. I’ll post the results from that shoot soon.


New/Old Gear: Toyo 45G II Large Format Camera


Well, I just added a new addition to my gear box; the Toyo 45G II 4X5 large format camera. I had always entertained the idea of buying a large format for years, within the past month I started looking at the Sinar F and P series, the Horseman 450 series and lastly the Toyo G series. All amazing cameras, the Toyo G II won in the end, Price and durability were key points in my purchase. Some other key points included:

> Rubberized knobs,

> Metal construction

> Super bright etched fresnel ground glass [ can’t wait to get a lens for it ] 

> Revolving non vigneting film back

> Geared fine focus. 

> Geared front and rear with fluid axis level

> Independent locks on all movements; front and rear standards, shift, swing and focus knobs

These are just a few of the stand out features that caught my eye. 

Next I will be ordering some Ilford HP5+ Film from one of my favorite camera stores; B&H PHOTO in New York. Then next on the list is too research some lenses for the type of work I plan to use the GII for, mainly portraiture. I have 3 brands in mind; Schneider, Rodenstock , and Nikkor W series, something in the 180mm and 210mm focal lengths.

I can already see that I am going to have lots of fun with this large format camera.

Until next time.






Here are “some” of my top must see documentaries/movies ; about photography and/or photographers.

1. IN YOUR FACE: The Neil Zlozower Story.  Tells the Story of Legendary Music Photographer Neil Zlozower 

2. SHOT! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock: The Story of Legendary Photographer Mick Rock.

3. The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography, First Woman to shoot With The 20x24 Polaroid Camera.

4. Smash His Camera: The Story of Notorious, Reviled Photographer, Ron Galella

5. Hondros: Documentary of War Photographer Chris Hondros, Killed Photographing The Civil War in Libya. 

6. The Photographer of Mauthausen: The Film Tells the Story of Photographer Francisco Boix and His Life in The Mauthausen Concentration Camp. 

7. Kodachrome:  

8. Salvador: A 1986 Drama about the Salvadoran Civil War, Starring James Wood. 

9. Photographer Albert Watson: Presented By The Smithsonian Art Museum and The ASMP. 

10. Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens


Test: Pocket Light Meter App For iPhone X Pt 1 of 2


So recently I purchased another photography app for my Apple iPhone X; The Pocket Light Meter Nuwaste studios ($10.99). Since I always have my phone with me, I thought it would be a great companion for my gear since I have been known to forget my traditional light meter at home from time to time, 

Right out of the gate I noticed setting the ISO, shutter speed and aperture were a breeze on this app. it handled much like my old Minolta spot meter, the downside of the app version is it can’t take 2 separate readings for a combined exposure as in the Minolta spot meter had done. The other thing I noticed was comparing light readings between the app and my traditional light meter fell between a 3rd of a stop for the most part, not a deal breaker, but noted throughout these tests.

I am running some test paired with my Sekonic L-358 meter. Part 2 of this blog will have the final images from these test. As for the gear I will be using;  Mamiya RZ67 Pro camera with a Mamiya RZ67 Pro II 6x7 film back, Mamiya Sekor C 50mm f/4.5 lens and Ilford HP5 + 120 film.

I hope to have my film ready to process in the next week or so, and part 2 of this blog written shortly there.


A New Year; No Excuses.


Hard to believe how I allowed time to slip away (again) from me, I had not blogged in about 3 months. A lot has happened since then, mostly with the new house; Acquiring some needed essentials for both my office and Barbara'a quilting room, bookshelves, desk, picture frames etc.

I have a few edits on the table from personal favors I had photographed for friends and family, still, I plan for a few self-assignments of my own that need to be more on the forefront than I have allowed.

lastly, my year ended with the passing of a friend from back home, celebrity and portrait photographer, the legendary Marc Hauser. I am thankful that he and I were able to reconnect through social media over the past 8 years. Marc had been and still is a huge influence on what I had done and plan to do in photography.

Hopefully, January will be the springboard I so desperately need to launch my medium format portrait sessions on film, luckily I still have people still wanting to participate in these projects.



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