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Oct 12, 2012 10:16 |  #1

Would anyone like to make a light meter recommendation to me? I really don't want to spend a ton. Just something to try out and see if it makes life a little easier. Thanks


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Oct 12, 2012 10:32 |  #2

I get to be first, sekonic L-358, its sort of the standard recommendation around here. Great meter for the money.




  
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Oct 12, 2012 10:35 |  #3

I agree, the L-358 is the best bang for your buck.




  
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Oct 12, 2012 10:37 |  #4

Sweet! That's what I was looking for...thanks folks.


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Oct 12, 2012 11:00 |  #5

On the used market are excellent meters by Minolta (Autometer and Flashmeter models) and Gossen, as well, at considerably less money than a new Sekonic. Minolta was the strong #1 brand among pros and enthusiasts for decades. Another alternative is the Kenko brand of meters, which are both originally Minolta Autometer Vf and Flashmeter VIf designs, and they bought the design rights from Minolta when Minolta exited the meter business before the camera business was sold to Sony.


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Oct 12, 2012 12:13 |  #6

Anything from Sekonic.


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Oct 12, 2012 12:21 |  #7

ben_r_ wrote in post #15113123 (external link)
Anything from Sekonic.

Agreed. On that note, I use the L-358 and love it! :cool:


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Oct 12, 2012 19:40 |  #8

The new Sekonic 478s look kinda awesome.

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Oct 12, 2012 19:51 |  #9

Indecent Exposure wrote in post #15114986 (external link)
The new Sekonic 478s look kinda awesome.

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Not really, the bulid quality is questionable for spending that kind of money. The features with the pocketwizards are what attracted me especially the power controlling and the control TL and Standard channels at the same time.

The pictures and the video look good but I feel the color touch screen also is not as clear as I was expecting in the pics.


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Oct 12, 2012 19:57 |  #10
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Why do you need one?


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Oct 12, 2012 20:04 |  #11

545iBMW wrote in post #15112704 (external link)
I agree, the L-358 is the best bang for your buck.

Hasn't failed me yet. Great investment.


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Oct 12, 2012 21:09 |  #12

Eight_Blade wrote in post #15115052 (external link)
Why do you need one?

I could read this question a couple ways...

1. Why....do you need one? As in "I have one that maybe you might be interested in for a good price".

2. Why do you need one? With the emphasis on "need". As is why would anyone need to rely on a light meter.

If you are inquiring as to the later, you may notice in my opening post I'm just wondering if it might make life a little easier with regards to getting the flash level perfect without having to chimp several times and rely on my LCD screen. I don't get to shoot often enough (hobbyist) and if I had a piece of gear that do a little of the work and help me dial in consistent results than that would be great. I use manual flashes. When I have been able to use them frequently I can usually walk up and get pretty close with just a few shots, but this is not always the case. Plus, I have squirmy kids that won't sit still for me to get my exposure right. I think a light meter might be a handy little devise that would make things pretty quick and easy.


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Oct 12, 2012 21:12 |  #13

idsurfer wrote in post #15115296 (external link)
I could read this question a couple ways...

1. Why....do you need one? As in "I have one that maybe you might be interested in for a good price".

2. Why do you need one? With the emphasis on "need". As is why would anyone need to rely on a light meter.

If you are inquiring as to the later, you may notice in my opening post I'm just wondering if it might make life a little easier with regards to getting the flash level perfect without having to chimp several times and rely on my LCD screen. I don't get to shoot often enough (hobbyist) and if I had a piece of gear that do a little of the work and help me dial in consistent results than that would be great. I use manual flashes and when I have been able to use them frequently I can usually walk up and get pretty close with just a few shots, but this is not always the case. Plus, I have squirmy kids that won't sit still for me to get my exposure right. I think a light meter might be a handy little devise that would make things pretty quick and easy.

Regarding the latter... check out some of the opinions here :): https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1235365


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Oct 12, 2012 22:04 |  #14

drvnbysound wrote in post #15115303 (external link)
Regarding the latter... check out some of the opinions here :): https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1235365


Ha...good discussion over there. I read through a few pages and it seems as if my thinking may be correct. Like I said, I don't really shoot that much. I am not doing this everyday. When I shoot with flash a lot, I can normally get pretty darn close right off the bat. But I don't get to shoot with that much consistency. I really think it would save me some time and allow me to get it right pretty darn fast. I would really like to simply try one out. I'll be looking for a good deal in the L-358. Thanks


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Oct 12, 2012 22:51 |  #15

idsurfer wrote in post #15115473 (external link)
Ha...good discussion over there. I read through a few pages and it seems as if my thinking may be correct. Like I said, I don't really shoot that much. I am not doing this everyday. When I shoot with flash a lot, I can normally get pretty darn close right off the bat. But I don't get to shoot with that much consistency. I really think it would save me some time and allow me to get it right pretty darn fast. I would really like to simply try one out. I'll be looking for a good deal in the L-358. Thanks

You should be able to find a used one for around $200 shipped in the Classifieds section.


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