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Sep 23, 2013 15:15 |  #1

Ok what I meant was simply this... as some of you know, I just got my 622's and 568ex and with my diffusers im doing quite well... however, as much as I enjoy learning everything on M and just learning from my mistakes, which ill continue to do, will a light meter be a decent purchase to further help me if i plan on doing a lot of off camera flash?

I know that i can give me the incident reading for the aperture so i know where to set he power of my flash to match it etc..that sounds like it would be beneficial, however, ive been doing ok without one...

Here is the only cavieot.. i would need an inexpensive one, say around $150...where does that leave me in terms of options?

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Sep 23, 2013 15:37 |  #2

I think the Sekonic L-358 is discontinued. A very good meter, maybe try and find a used one?

This one is a bit out of your price range. I'm not familiar with other brands.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...lashmate_Light_Mete​r.htmlexternal link


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Sep 23, 2013 15:42 |  #3

highly doubtful you'll find an L-358 for $150.

take a look at the L-308s.

http://www.ebay.com ...usc=seckonic+l308s&​_rdc=1external link

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Sep 23, 2013 15:44 |  #4

Yeah, the L-358 is discontinued. I had ordered one and Vistek called me telling me so and offering me a demo one. I declined, waited, and got the L-758DR instead :D.

Your budget is too low for a good light meter. I'd recommend either the Gossen DigiPro2external link or the Kenko KFM 1100external link. Both are out of your current budget but are better options. The Kenko, which is the old Minolta meter, accepts attachments, so it's probably the best of those two.


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Sep 23, 2013 16:32 |  #5

This one is over your budget by $20, but is a reliable meter.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com ...93222&is=REG&A=deta​ils&Q=external link



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Sep 23, 2013 17:13 |  #6

Get yourself a Sekonic and if you decide you dont need a light meter, itll hold its resale value better than any other and youll be able to recover a good amount of your money back.


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Sep 23, 2013 23:02 |  #7

There is simply no substitute for a light meter when you're trying to precisely balance multiple light sources. That said, many people can easily get by without one because they aren't concerned with exact precision and chimping after the shot and adjusting accordingly gets them close enough.


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Sep 23, 2013 23:10 |  #8

digital paradise wrote in post #16319193external link
I think the Sekonic L-358 is discontinued. A very good meter, maybe try and find a used one?

the L-358 was amazing for what it is . You can also trigger your Pocketwizard recievers for that Lightmeter too (with an extra piece)


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Sep 23, 2013 23:29 |  #9

Sekonic l308s for US $158.89 with free shipping.

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Sep 24, 2013 04:46 |  #10

Just as important as a light meter (do make SURE that it's a FLASH meter as they don't ALL measure flash) is a pen and paper. Make notes of every reading from every light so that you can study the relationship of each component light source within your image. Then it becomes a "Teach yourself lighting" exercise rather than just an alternative to chimping - what educationalists call Experiential Learning.


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Sep 24, 2013 07:22 |  #11

This is the one I'd be looking at. I've got the Digisky, it's wonderful. I sold my L358 to get it.
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Sep 24, 2013 07:34 |  #12

For me that link just goes to google's search page.


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Sep 24, 2013 08:48 |  #13

PLLphotography wrote in post #16319207external link
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take a look at the L-308s.
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Great little meter. I wonder why it's not talked about more.


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Sep 24, 2013 08:51 |  #14

probably because you can't wirelessly trigger pocket wizards with it :-) and it's not the latest and greatest.

I would imagine if you connected a pocket wizard to the sync port of the meter you might be able to get away with it.

I had a L-308b I used for a while. The only thing I didn't really like about it was it used a dial graphic to display 1/10 stops, which made it not quite as easy to use as the newer models that showed you numerically the stops.


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Sep 24, 2013 08:57 |  #15

I'm a big fan of the L-358, lots of value for the price. Buy a used one.




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