Leningrad 1 Light/Exposure Meter Boxed

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Condition: Excellent

Leningrad 1 Light/Exposure Meter, Boxed

Supplied in original box & leather case/lanyard with a Passport, which appears to be a certificate of ownership like a warranty card. The writing is in Russian!

Maker: Leningrad
Model: YU 11 (Ñ 11)
Circa: 1950
Cell type: Selenium
Measure type: reflecting/averaging; 2D incident with attachment

Needle moves but looks unacurate

General Leningrad 1 Information

This is a Leningrad 1, officially just a Leningrad since its successors hadn't come out yet (there would be several). It got its name from the city where it was made, in the "Vibrator factory" (a vibrator was an old type of AC electrical transformer). This was common practice in Russia: there are Moscow and Sverdlovsk meters as well.

It bears a very strong resemblance to Metrawatt products, in particular the Horvex 2. The Russians didn't like to spend much on R&D for civilian goods; I believe they took Metrawatt designs and tweaked them for Russian consumption.

Another tell-tale: on the back there are two extra holes which match up to the width of the holes on the Horvex 2, which is where you plug the auxiliary booster in. The Horvex has a mark on the dial to compensate if you are using the booster. This one lacks that mark so I believe it was never intended to take the accessory—but I think the electronics may be there for it anyway. Someday I'll get the booster and try it out.

It's not exactly a Horvex 2, though. The casing is a little different and it lacks the little finger notches on the case sides underneath the dial. I suspect that this is an earlier Metrawatt model than the Horvex 2—one that didn't get exported to the West.

On this meter, everything's in cyrillic and the film speed index is GOST (which means "state standard"). GOST was a geometric-progression speed and closely analgous to ASA. The export versions had the roman alphabet and ASA instead of GOST. Most likely the domestic and import meters are identical except for the case markings, and the calculator wheel's GOST and ASA scales are identical.

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