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Vintage Russian Fomo Optek Extinction Light Meter

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Vintage Russian Fomo Optek Extinction Light Meter

This Vintage Russian Fomo Optek Extinction Light Meter is in wonderful condition for its age, and comes with its original cardboard box.

It dates to about the 1940s/50s and is virtually identical to the Bing extinction meter which was patented in the USA during 1940 - see photo! It was made by Fomo, a Soviet manufacturing company.

The earliest light meters were called extinction meters and didn't require batteries.  They worked by looking through their viewfinder at a small strip of letters that were progressively darker. The darkest letter you could just barely read was your light value. You then used the handy barrel to convert the light value to your exposure, taking into account the sensitivity of your film emulsion.

A wonderful piece of photographic history for all analogue photographers!


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