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    wearing light meter

    This may sound paranoid but...

    I photograph in urban environments sometimes and, while I usually like to wear my light meter in a holster on my hip, I'm beginning to get concerned with it being perceived as a gun by either a muggle or a police officer. How do you/would you handle this? Just keep moving and deal with it or start keeping my meter off my person?

    Then again it may deter some folks from approaching me if they think I'm packing heat. Hmmm.

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    Re: wearing light meter

    I'd stay home.

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    Re: wearing light meter

    buy a holster, put it in that.

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    Re: wearing light meter

    Perhaps wear it in the front where no cop or thief would wear a holster.

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    Re: wearing light meter

    I hang mine from around my neck, along with my focusing loupe. I can see where that might be an attractive crime of opportunity in urban areas so I usually avoid those kinds of locations.
    As far as a cop confusing a light meter for a pistol, if it really bothers you, paint you light meter with neon paint to identify it as a non-weapon.
    Of course, that also identifies you as "easy pickings" for muggers!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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    Re: wearing light meter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bruce Osgood View Post
    Perhaps wear it in the front where no cop or thief would wear a holster.
    Oh, like a chest holster?

    If it is perceived as a weapon, it doesn't matter whether it actually looks like one or not or what color it is. People have been shot dead because somebody (cop or otherwise) thought it was a weapon when it fact it was a cell phone or other innocent item.

    Maybe you could hire an assistant and let them handle the metering for you.

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    Re: wearing light meter

    I've had police approach me about my Soligor 35mm Magnum. One of them actually laughed when I said, "Officers, I'm just reaching for my light meter. I will withdraw it slowly using only the tips of my fingers."

    The other one didn't think it was so funny and called me a smartass. Are cops allowed to do that?
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    Re: wearing light meter

    Quote Originally Posted by Will Whitaker View Post
    Maybe you could hire an assistant and let them handle the metering for you.
    I could see going through a few assistants in rapid succession that way.
    Or somebody giving you grief? "Hey, why don't you do my metering for me in rougher parts of the city?"

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    Re: wearing light meter

    If anyone on this forum, at any time, has ever been approached by a cop, or wildlife officer, due only to his meter's resemblence to a gun, it would be instructive for all of us to hear more.

    I've never read a post where this actually happened, but there might be one?

    I remember only jokes and suspicions about the possibility.

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    Re: wearing light meter

    Quote Originally Posted by Heroique View Post
    If anyone on this forum, at any time, has ever been approached by a cop, or wildlife officer, due only to his meter's resemblence to a gun, it would be instructive for all of us to hear more.

    I've never read a post where this actually happened, but there might be one?

    I remember only jokes and suspicions about the possibility.
    I wasn't joking. However, the officers were professional and courteous and I much prefer justifiable caution over crazed gunmen walking the streets. There are enough crazed photographers. And the other officer was right. I was being a smartass.
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