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Jul 11, 2011 19:35 |  #1

Just started playing around and learning to use multiple speedlights.
I'm thinking that a light meter would my life a bit easier.

What is the cheapest meter available that is still reasonable quality?


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Jul 11, 2011 20:22 |  #2

Interfit Interfit Flash Meter

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …t_INT410_Flash_​Meter.html (external link)

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Jul 11, 2011 21:24 |  #3

Markd102 wrote in post #12741978 (external link)
Just started playing around and learning to use multiple speedlights.
I'm thinking that a light meter would my life a bit easier.

The first thing that you must understand is that NO light meter, regardless of cost, will do anything beneficial for you if the Speedlites are being used in ETTL mode (automatic exposure control in concert with the camera). ONLY if you use the Speedlite(s) in fully manual mode will a light meter be beneficial.

The most popular handheld light meter these days (for several very valid reasons) is the Sekonic L-358.


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Jul 11, 2011 21:30 |  #4

SkipD wrote in post #12742575 (external link)
The first thing that you must understand is that NO light meter, regardless of cost, will do anything beneficial for you if the Speedlites are being used in ETTL mode (automatic exposure control in concert with the camera). ONLY if you use the Speedlite(s) in fully manual mode will a light meter be beneficial.

The most popular handheld light meter these days (for several very valid reasons) is the Sekonic L-358.

skip... i agree with you in practice..though, even a baisc light meter will be helpful for beginner to learn to take ambient exposure readings... and for that matter, using the meter to just balance ETTL flash using the ARCF mode can be useful... of course, like you said, though, you need to spend a little extra for quality to be able to do that... :)


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Jul 11, 2011 22:26 |  #5

Thanks guys. Definitely using them in manual mode.

Is the L-308s suitable? What does the 358 give me that the 308 doesn't?




  
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Jul 11, 2011 22:35 |  #6

i have the L-308s and it does what i need it to do...works great...can't answer what the difference is, but if you're looking for a good, cheap meter, i don't think you would go wrong with the L-308s...




  
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Jul 11, 2011 22:37 as a reply to  @ thaking's post |  #7

I also use the L-308S as well. It is a little cheap/plasticy feeling... kinda wish I sprung for the L358 just for the heaver duty material used, but otherwise they work the same for what I shoot.




  
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Jul 12, 2011 03:49 |  #8

Markd102 wrote in post #12742941 (external link)
What does the 358 give me that the 308 doesn't?

The L-358 can show a ratio between ambient (constantly on) lighting and flash sourced lighting. The L-358 can also be fitted with a module to trigger standard PocketWizard radio slave receivers.


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Jul 12, 2011 07:01 |  #9

SkipD wrote in post #12744034 (external link)
The L-358 can show a ratio between ambient (constantly on) lighting and flash sourced lighting. The L-358 can also be fitted with a module to trigger standard PocketWizard radio slave receivers.

it can also be calibrated to your body. almost all bodies are slightly off in exposure readings compared to what the Sekonic meters read out.

you can do 1/10th stop increment calibrations




  
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Jul 12, 2011 08:14 |  #10

I have one of these http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …olaris_Digital_​Meter.html (external link) it is just my backup meter but I have found it to be very accurate.


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Jul 12, 2011 08:29 |  #11

I have this Kenko KFM1100 (external link), they took over Minolta, you can get it a lot cheaper second hand or go for equivalent Minolta. They also tell you how much flash/ambient balance in a basic quarter segments.


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Jul 12, 2011 09:55 |  #12

mikewinburn wrote in post #12742613 (external link)
skip... i agree with you in practice..though, even a baisc light meter will be helpful for beginner to learn to take ambient exposure readings... and for that matter, using the meter to just balance ETTL flash using the ARCF mode can be useful... of course, like you said, though, you need to spend a little extra for quality to be able to do that... :)

Can you measure the a flash output of a flash in ETTL mode with your meter? I know the Sekonic meters won't let you do that because it always meters the preflash and not the main flash.


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Jul 12, 2011 10:20 |  #13

mikewinburn wrote in post #12742613 (external link)
skip... i agree with you in practice..though, even a baisc light meter will be helpful for beginner to learn to take ambient exposure readings... and for that matter, using the meter to just balance ETTL flash using the ARCF mode can be useful... of course, like you said, though, you need to spend a little extra for quality to be able to do that... :)

What the heck is "the ARCF mode"? I never heard that one.


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Jul 12, 2011 10:32 |  #14

How would you use the balance of ambient/flash in an studio environment?


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Jul 12, 2011 10:47 |  #15

i think the 308s will be just fine. i have had both the 308s and 358 and the 308s handled just fine doing most of what the 358 was able to do.

i originally bought the 308s because i got a good deal on it used, you should search the boards for a good deal on whatever meter you wish but i would seriously consider post #2 about the Interfit meter (although you're international im not sure how they ship out there)


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