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The later PME the better.
The PME3 is an excellent metering prism.
Later ones have been improved to be less dependant of battery condintion.
These later prism are corrected for use with brighter Acute Matte focusing screens.
Early PMEs can be adjusted to the Acute Matte screens.
Most PME 3 prisms are adjusted for Acute Matte.
I understand that the electronics are different, however..would still PME3 still a good buy? I understand it is a good meter.
From what i was reading that the PME5 is better acting in extrem temp. I am not planning of taking my hassies to north pole or Desert...yet.
If you suggested me to get PME3 i will go for it. otherwise convice me to get PME5...
is the EV reading out same in PME3 and PME5? same look?
The PME 3 and the PME 5 are quite similar in design and construction.
The main difference is the bottom end of the PME 5 that has a cut out to allow use with 200 series cameras.
The cut out is necessary to allow a view at the display of 200 series cameras.
The PME 51 is the last from this range of metering prisms.
The circuitry is once again improved.
Do not think improvements mean a serious change in performance.
Even now the earliest one in this range, the VFC-6, is still being used daily with good reliable results.
Compared with the early VFC-6 the PME versions are more accurate with low light levels and less dependant on temperature of the environment.
If the PME 3 is offered at a decent price I would not hesitate to go for it.
I add 3 flash contacts on the PM and in the hole there was a switch for the trigger of an integered TTL flash metter. Unfortunaly, the cell was too sensible for IR so I have alway to care ablout the results when I was outside with the mix with artificial light ! The wire fix on lens x-contact.
Then Hasselblad made TTL flash witch works fine.
There was even some contacts for Nikon flash to inform the flash status inside th PM ( 2 leds).
If I have time I will put inside a cordless master for slave-flashes. Why not to put smal removable flash "à la H" witch can help for reportages.