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Would You Buy A Canon DSLR w/ Built In Flash Meter?

 
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Feb 11, 2009 16:49 |  #1

I was thinking about it, would anyone else like to have a built in flash meter that works with something other then the E-TTL flashes?

I mean, if I am out in the field doing a strobist kind of work. I usually use my friend's 758DR. But, what if I hit the AE/FE lock button on the grip and it would fire my strobes and use the meter to tell me what the exposure should be. I mean, using the partial/ spot meter in camera would be rather useful and faster. It also would be nice it if worked with the hotshoe/ PC connector since I use both

I think there should 2 options for this, and 3 for "professional" bodies.
1. Will use the meter needle to show you more or less aperture.
2. Automatically change aperture to what would make the correct exposure for the set ISO/ Shutter Speed.
3. ("pro") Use Auto adjust ISO to make current Aperture/shutter speed have a proper exposure.

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Feb 11, 2009 16:55 |  #2

Isn't a light meter suppose to be where the subject is? As in it being on camera would defeat the purpose?


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Feb 11, 2009 17:00 |  #3

I only use my flash meter for incident readings so it would be silly to have it on the camera.



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Feb 11, 2009 17:04 |  #4

YES that would be awesome in studio and on location. Not the way you describe though, just like a built in sekonic. I don't think it'd be feasible though.


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Feb 11, 2009 17:45 |  #5

The flash meter in your camera (trigger the flashes and look at the image / histogram) is as good as you are going to get with a reflective TTL meter.

What most people use for flash is an incident meter. I don't want one in the camera because:
1) It would be kind of big, and the dSLRs are big enough already
2) You would look like a dip holding your camera up next to the model's head and triggering the flash.


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Feb 11, 2009 19:19 |  #6

I'm waiting for an mp3 player to be built in.


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Feb 11, 2009 19:21 |  #7
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bohdank wrote in post #7306786external link
I'm waiting for an mp3 player to be built in.

+1 for waiting for apple to implement an ipod into the 1d4.


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Feb 11, 2009 19:22 |  #8

portable dvd play back capability


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Feb 12, 2009 14:45 |  #9

I see that this is not something that anyone but me and 6 other people would like. I think I am a odd because I use both incident and reflective for metering flash. I will use reflected outside when I am moving around a lot, and use incident in the studio. It sometimes is just easier to have the 758 on spot, and have a spare cyber sync on it to measure the flash without getting into everyone's way. In the studio, where I am the only person shooting then I will use incident.
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Feb 12, 2009 15:30 |  #10

Two things would be necessary for that to be both feasible and effective:

Manufacturers would have to understand that with a digital sensor, the important tone to measure is "the brightest highlight that must retain detail," and that tone should be placed at the top of the sensor's range, which calls for a different calibration than is current.

Users would have to understand the same thing, so they wouldn't go around trying to measure middle gray.




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Feb 12, 2009 15:38 |  #11

The Fox wrote in post #7312365external link
...easier to have the 758 on spot...


OK, I'll bite, what is a 758?



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Feb 12, 2009 16:46 as a reply to RDKirk's post |  #12

jr_senator wrote in post #7312688external link
OK, I'll bite, what is a 758?

Sekonic L-758DRexternal link

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Feb 12, 2009 19:33 as a reply to The Fox's post |  #13

I voted no as a flash meter is designed to measure light falling on the subject an in camera flash meter is basically alreading in the camera as it reads the amount of light reaching the sencor through the lens,totally different.
in studio situations you meter the light falling on the subject wether from on side or both and then average that reading set the camera to those settings and take a test shot
how that would equate to a proper flash meter in camera is a interesting concept to ponder.


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