My new to me light meter...

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A Gossen Lunasix 3...got it off da'Bay. Near mint, no goobers or woopses. Instruction manual and the Gossen battery adapter included.;)
The batteries were as dead as last week's fish, but the meter zero function worked exactly. I replaced the recommended 1.35v. batteries with A pair of 1.5v., which is all the local battery mart had. The meter reads just a little high of the red "Batteries O.K."mark , but, it is about 4 stops high when outside in bright daylight, comparing it to my D 7100's meter.
There are some offerings of "proper" 1.35v. batteries for darn near what the meter cost me...less than $20 shipped, and there is this guy offering Repair/calibrate services for ~$36. I have a set of batteries coming that should fit the adapter, which, If I am not mistaken has a little resistance built in, lowering the voltage to nearer what Gossen recommends. Sooo...we shall see! If the WIIDOW factor (What If It Don't Work) Kicks in, no biggie.
I have read web site posts from long ago...2002-2005... about calibrating the meter as a DIY project, and frankly, I don't want to do it! Not much of loss, either way, but I am thinking instead saving my pennies for a good used Sekonic 308 ambient and flash meter might be a better plan, seeing as how I still have dreams of one day becoming a Strobist. What say, Cafe groupies? Any experience with the meter, pro or con? Advice and/or wise counsel? :)
 
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Got my trusty old Weston Master II collecting dust in the cupboard. Haven’t used it since the introduction of the (drum roll please) Photomic Head!
 
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I sold my Sekonic incident meter years ago, and haven't had another until the purchase I mentioned. I tried some 625 1.5 v. series batteries, that fit he battery compartment, but it read above the battery check area. I bought a package of 1/2 in brass washers, and added that to the stack, seeing if the additional resistance would help, and it was going in the right direction, but still read high. I then got a set of Duracell LR 44 batteries, which fit the adapter that came with the meter. I think it is the original Gossen adapter, or a close copy, and it looks like there may be a bit of resistance built in, to reduce the battery's 1.5V. to within shouting distance of 1.35 v. that the meter was designed for. Success! :D The voltage reads in the center of the battery check area, and the meter agrees to less than 1/3 stop with my camera meter.:)
 
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