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Oct. 8, 1946,
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Filed Aug. 14, 1944
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Patented Oct. 8, 1946
John H. Miller, Short Hills, N. J., assigner to
Weston Electrical Instrument Corporation,
Newark, N. J., a corporation of New Jersey
Application August 14,' 1944, Serial No. 549,446
3 Claims. (Cl. 88--23)
larger scale, ofthe pointer and clamping mech
This invention relates to exposure meters and
anism; and
more particularly to exposure meters of the type
Fig. 5 is a fragmentary perspective View of the
including a current-generating photocell and a
clamping mechanism.
milliammeter forming a brightness meter, and a
The invention has been illustrated as embodied
mechanical calculator for correlating the meas
in an exposure meter of the type in which the
ured scene brightness with other exposure factors
measuring instrument and the calculator are me
to determine appropriate exposure conditions.
chanically independent, but it will be apparent
One of the commercial designs for such expo
that the invention may be incorporated in the
sure meters makes the measuring instrument
other general type of expo-sure meter in which
scale a part of the calculator, and another calcu 10
the instrument scale is a part of the calculator.
lator element is adjusted to set a mark or a se
The illustrated exposure meter is of the double
lected exposure factor value in line with the
range type such as shown in Patent No. 2,274,441,
pointer position during the taking of a brightness
'I'. Williams, and reference is made to
reading. Alternatively, the operator may mem
orize the reading and adjust the other calculator 15 that patent for a more detailed explanation of
the construction and method of operation of the
element after the reading is completed and the
double range meter.
pointer has returned to zero position. In the
In the drawing, the reference numeral I identi
_other commercial design, the measuring instru
fies the relatively flat and elongated casing Which
ment and the calculator are mechanically inde
a barrier layer type of photoelectric cell
pendent and the operator must memorize the 20 houses
2, a main or permanently operative light-restrict
reading and then set a calculator element to that
ing system comprising a multi-ple lens plate 3
measured value.
and multiple compartment member 4, and a
The present invention contemplates an expo
measuring instrument comprising a permanent
sure meter that eliminates the adjustment of the
magnet 5, moving coil B and pointer 1. The
calculator during the measurement of the scene 25 pointer moves over a longitudinally slidable plate
brightness, and also eliminates the mental step
8 having a high range graduated scale 8h and a
of memorizing the brightness reading.
low range graduated scale 8l that may be exposed
An object of the invention is to provide an ex
to View, alternatively and in accordance with the
posure meter in which a measured brightness
adjustment of the plate 8, through an opening in
value is recorded for a desired interval by retain
an overlying stationary plate 9 and the cover glass
ing the instrument pointer in the position which
Ill of a window opening in the casing I. The
it takes during a brightness measuring operation.
measured values of brightness are evaluated with
An object is to provide a brightness meter in
other exposure factors by means of a calculator I I
which the moving system and pointer are nor
that is mounted on the casing I adjacent the
mally restrained from movement by a depressor 35
' window opening.
bar that is lifting momentarily when a reading is
A range-changing baffle I2 is pivotally mounted
to be taken. More speciiically, an object is to
the casing I for movement into position to
provide a photoelectric exposure meter in which
overlie or to be spaced from the lens plate 3, and
a spring-pressed depressor bar and a release bar
extend transversely over the scale plate assembly, 40 the graduated scale plate 8 is shifted in accord
ance with the position of the auxiliary baille I2
the release bar being movable by a push button to
by a linkage including a slide I3 and lever I4, and
lift the depressor bar from the pointer when a
a spring I5. The rear portion of the plate 8 is
reading is to be taken.
slidably supported on studs I6 threaded into the
These and other objects and advantages of the
magnet 5, and the forward portion is supported
invention will be apparent from the following 45 by a stationary plate I1 secured to the studs on
specification when taken with the accompanying
which the cover plate 9 of the scale assembly is
drawing in which:
Fig. 1 is a plan view, with parts broken away,
The specific details of the exposure meter as
of an exposure meter embodying the invention;
far described are not essential to the present
Fig. 2 is an end view with parts broken away
invention which contemplates a normally oper
to show the pointer clamping mechanism in ele
ative, and manually releasable, clamp for pre
venting angular displacement of the moving
Fig. 3 is a longitudinal central section through
system of the brightness measuring instrument.
the exposure meter;
Fig. 4 is a fragmentary sectional View, on a 55 A depressor or clamp bar I8 is arranged above
and normally pressed downwardly upon the
pointer ‘I by its integral spring arms I9 that are
supported on the studs IS by screws 20 and spac
ing Washers 2I. The bar I8 and arms I9 are
preferably formed as a U-shaped 'punching from
thin sheet metal with the bar bent over at right
angles to the plane of the arms IS. The clamp
bar I8 extends transversely of the casing I and
has studs 22 ñxed thereto that extend through
inclined slots 23 in a release bar '24 to support
the release bar for sliding movement against
and parallel to the clamp bar~ The central por»
tion of the release bar 24 is elevated above the
path of pointer movement by the end legs 25
that rest upon the plate 9 of the scale assembly.
An extension 2E at one end of the bar 2i rests
against a leaf spring 21 that is secured to the
casing I and carries a push button 23 nat ex~
tends through the casing.
The clamp bar I8 is pressed downwardly by
the operator knows that the scene brightness
did not change materially after the initial
brightness reading. On the other hand, a suh~
stantial pionter movement on the cheek readingr
indicates that the scene brightness has changed
and that a new computation of exposure data is
It is to be understood that the invention is
not limited to the particular embodiment herein
shown and described as the design and ccn
struction oi the elements for retaining the in
strument lpointer at its measured reading may
be varied considerably in an exposure meter as
herein illustrated or of other design without
departing from the spirit of my invention as set
_ forth in the following claims.
I claim:
1. In a photoelectric exposure meter of the
calculator type, the combination with a photo-
the spring arms I9 to clamp the pointer l' 20 cell, a light baille, and an instrument connected
to said photocell, said instrument including a
against the plate 9 of the scale assembly, and
moving system for displacing a pointer over a
the release bar 24 is thereby retained in inop~
scale plate in accordance with the light energy
erative position towards the right, as seen in
incident upon said photocell, of a depressor bar,
Fig. 2, by the pressure exerted on the lower walls
spring means yieldingly pressing said depressor
of the slots 23 by the studs 22. The pus-‘n but
bar upon said pointer to clamp the same to the
ton 28 is pressed inwardly when a brightness
scale plate, and manually actuated means iorlift
reading is to be taken, thereby displacing the
ing said depressor bar to free said pointer for dis
release bar 24 towards the left, Fig. 2, to lift the
placement by said moving system; said manu~
clamp bar I 8 as the inclined walls of slots 23
move under the studs 22 of the bar I8, see Fig. 4. 30 ally actuated means comprising a release bar
The push button 28 is released when the pointer
has moved along the graduated scale, and the
push button is returned to its inoperative posiw
tion by the leaf spring 21. The spring arms i9
then force the clamp bar I8 downwardly to en~
gage the pointer 1, and the release bar 24 is re
turned to inoperative position by this movement
of the clamp bar I8.
The brightness reading is recorded by the
clamping of the pointer l, and the measured
value is set on the computer I I to determine the
exposure data,
This “freezing” of the bright~
ness measurement reduces the possibility of er
ror in the setting of the computer and it is par
slidable along said depressor bar, and pin-and
slot means connecting said depressor bar and
said release bar.
2. In a photoelectric exposure meter of the
calculator type and including an instrument
having a 'moving system for displacing a pointer
over a scale plate in accordance with the average
scene brightness, mechanism comprising a de
pressor bar and a release bar arranged trans
versely of the path of said pointer and slidably
connected by pins on one bar extending through
inclined slots on the other bar, spring means
urging said depressor bar into engagement with
said pointer, and manually operable means for
ticularly useful in añording a final check when
Y sliding said release bar to lift said depressor bar
there has been some delay after the measure
ment of brightness or when the illumination is
varying rapidly. A quick check on the camera
setting may be had by directing the exposure ‘
3. In a photoelectric exposure meter, the in
vention as recited in claim 2, wherein said de
meter towards the scene and watching the point
er movement when the button 21 is depressed. If
there is little or no movement of the pointer,
from the pointer.
pressor bar and said spring means comprise a
unitary U-shaped punching from sheet metal,
the bar being bent at right angles to the plane
of the spring means.
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