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Oct 31, 2010 07:05 |  #1

Can anyone tell me about a good budget light meter, one that can tellt what aperture I should use based on the light it measured, maybe they all do this?


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Oct 31, 2010 07:37 |  #2

What is your budget?

All light meters let you choose the ISO value and either shutter speed or aperture. If you choose a shutter speed, they show aperture and if you choose aperture they show shutter speed. Some meters can read the light from flash sources while others (usually older and less expensive) cannot.

My recommendation - though it's not the lowest price meter - is the Sekonic L-358. It is capable of measuring ordinary light and light from flash sources.


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Oct 31, 2010 07:39 |  #3

I have been using a Sekonic L-308S for a few years now and it has been very reliable.


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Oct 31, 2010 07:42 as a reply to  @ jrscls's post |  #4

The Sekonic L-308S is a good alternative for budget conscious people that are not concerned about bells and whistles. For metering ambient or flash, the L-308S will certainly do the job.


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Oct 31, 2010 08:19 |  #5

SkipD wrote in post #11197381 (external link)
What is your budget?

All light meters let you choose the ISO value and either shutter speed or aperture. If you choose a shutter speed, they show aperture and if you choose aperture they show shutter speed. Some meters can read the light from flash sources while others (usually older and less expensive) cannot.

My recommendation - though it's not the lowest price meter - is the Sekonic L-358. It is capable of measuring ordinary light and light from flash sources.

To be honest My budget is not alot, so am basicaly looking for the cheapest I can get lol

had a look at the Sekonic L-308S and it seems even second hand this one is above my budget lol, maybe I should do without a light meter.


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Oct 31, 2010 08:35 as a reply to  @ neardark's post |  #6

If the L-308s (new or used) is above your budget then I would suggest that you save your money and get the meter when funds are available. You may turn up something on ebay or the used market if you keep your eyes peeled.


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Oct 31, 2010 14:04 |  #7

If you have an iPhone 3GS+, there's a free app on the store you can check out. Unfortunately I've only got the 3G so I haven't tried it out yet. Maybe someone here can give it a go, I'm definitely curious to know how close it is to an actual light meter.

http://itunes.apple.co​m …ht-meter/id381698089?mt=8 (external link)


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Oct 31, 2010 15:24 |  #8

DimensionZero wrote in post #11198936 (external link)
If you have an iPhone 3GS+, there's a free app on the store you can check out. Unfortunately I've only got the 3G so I haven't tried it out yet. Maybe someone here can give it a go, I'm definitely curious to know how close it is to an actual light meter.

http://itunes.apple.co​m …ht-meter/id381698089?mt=8 (external link)

It only measures reflected light so it's no better, and probably not as good, as the meter in your camera.


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Oct 31, 2010 15:36 |  #9

DimensionZero wrote in post #11198936 (external link)
If you have an iPhone 3GS+, there's a free app on the store you can check out. Unfortunately I've only got the 3G so I haven't tried it out yet. Maybe someone here can give it a go, I'm definitely curious to know how close it is to an actual light meter.

http://itunes.apple.co​m …ht-meter/id381698089?mt=8 (external link)

TMR Design wrote in post #11199401 (external link)
It only measures reflected light so it's no better, and probably not as good, as the meter in your camera.

And, in addition, I'm pretty sure the iPhone would not be able to measure light from a flash source.


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Oct 31, 2010 18:23 as a reply to  @ SkipD's post |  #10

Not a simple topic - it depends on exactly what you want to do, and especially whether you want to meter flash or only ambient light. Maybe explain more, and people can make good recommendations.

You can find very good meters used if you're on a budget.

The meters that seem most popular today are Sekonic but there are many others too.




  
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Oct 31, 2010 18:27 |  #11

Wein flash meter works well.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …334-REG/Wein_W950010.html (external link)


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Oct 31, 2010 18:38 |  #12

neardark wrote in post #11197315 (external link)
Can anyone tell me about a good budget light meter, one that can tellt what aperture I should use based on the light it measured, maybe they all do this?

The Gossen Digisix (external link) is a light, small, inexpensive and useful light meter that handles ambient and incident metering.




  
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Nov 01, 2010 07:09 |  #13

skruft wrote in post #11200316 (external link)
Not a simple topic - it depends on exactly what you want to do, and especially whether you want to meter flash or only ambient light. Maybe explain more, and people can make good recommendations.

You can find very good meters used if you're on a budget.

The meters that seem most popular today are Sekonic but there are many others too.

I want to be able to measure strobe and outdoor light.


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Nov 01, 2010 07:36 |  #14

neardark wrote in post #11203147 (external link)
I want to be able to measure strobe and outdoor light.

There's another factor when choosing a light meter. That is how low a light level the meter will be useful in. The less expensive meters are less sensitive to light and won't do as well in an indoor natural-lighting situation as the better meters.

The Sekonic L-308 would be the lowest quality meter I would consider, but if you could save enough for the Sekonic L-358, you would be satisfied with it for many years.


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Nov 01, 2010 07:41 |  #15

SkipD wrote in post #11203220 (external link)
The Sekonic L-308 would be the lowest quality meter I would consider, but if you could save enough for the Sekonic L-358, you would be satisfied with it for many years.

Agreed.


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