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Old 05-31-2006, 12:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What is your suggestion for buying a light meter?

Im using a Nikon D50, and Im still getting used to how a DSLR works.

JimmyD suggested the Konica-Minolta Auto-Meter Vf

Anyone have any other suggestions? Is there a specific model that would fit a newbie better?

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Old 05-31-2006, 01:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have used the sekonic meters for years. I love them. I currently own the L358. It also lets me trip my lights via a pocket wizard with the addition of a chip that goes in it.
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Re: Light Meter Suggestions
Old 05-31-2006, 01:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used my Sekonic for many years, and it has served me well. Accurate, rugged, and reliable. Mine is incident only, as my camera has a TTL reflected meter. Mine will either trip the lights for me (if connected via PC cord), or will "react" to a flash when you tell it to be looking. Both methods are reliable and accurate.
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Re: Light Meter Suggestions
Old 05-31-2006, 04:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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If I'm not mistaken, the Minolta meter isn't made anymore but it's certainly considered to be one of the best meters.

But I do think that a terrific value in meters is the Sekonic L-358 - I have two of them (one is a backup because I depend on my meter so much, especially in the studio) and they serve me well. I also have the optional Pocket Wizard-compatible radio module in both so I can remotely trigger my lights without wires.

I think a good meter can be really very helpful to a serious photographer, but you need to ask yourself why you want/need a meter. What kind of shooting are you doing now, and what do you plan on doing in the future?

I think your choice might be different if you were doing lots of landscapes (where you might want a very narrow angle spot meter), or studio work (where your emphasis would be on a good flash meter) or more of a general use meter (in which case I favor a good incident meter).

The L-358 is both an incident and flash meter. And there is an optional spot meter attachment available for it. If I needed a spot meter though, I'd probably go with the Sekonic L-558r (the "r" means with radio module).

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Old 05-31-2006, 07:04 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have the Minolta VF and love it & recommend it. I use it mostly with studio flash.

I think Sekonic 558 is still packaging their meter with a Monaco Optix XR colorimiter at a good savings. If that had been available when I got my meter, it might be a different brand. Find info at www.sekonic.com

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Old 06-01-2006, 04:51 AM   #6 (permalink)
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What is your suggestion for buying a light meter?
Im using a Nikon D50, and Im still getting used to how a DSLR works.
JimmyD suggested the Konica-Minolta Auto-Meter Vf
Anyone have any other suggestions? Is there a specific model that would fit a newbie better?
Most of the light meters mentioned will do a great job. After all they all work pretty much the same way. Its just a matter of which bells and whistles you want. I use an old Minolta meter and it works great. But I make even more use of the Black/Gray/White calibration target that I've discussed a number of times in the past. It helps you zero in to the exact exposure of a given scene. I use the meter primarily for the lighting ratios. Here is a photo of dee and the target:



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Old 06-01-2006, 06:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I use that same target and love it. Definately worth the money to get it. And I agree, I use the meter now more for ratios then exposure.

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Most of the light meters mentioned will do a great job. After all they all work pretty much the same way. Its just a matter of which bells and whistles you want. I use an old Minolta meter and it works great. But I make even more use of the Black/Gray/White calibration target that I've discussed a number of times in the past. It helps you zero in to the exact exposure of a given scene. I use the meter primarily for the lighting ratios. Here is a photo of dee and the target:



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Re: Light Meter Suggestions
Old 06-04-2006, 02:29 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Every time I see that photo I want to buy that thing (er, the target, not the lovely lady ). Given that you've probably gotten tired of telling people its name and manufacturer, maybe someone else could be very kind and point us at somewhere we can buy it? Pretty please?
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Every time I see that photo I want to buy that thing (er, the target, not the lovely lady ). Given that you've probably gotten tired of telling people its name and manufacturer, maybe someone else could be very kind and point us at somewhere we can buy it? Pretty please?
Here ya go... Lots of great Photography videos as well. http://www.photovisionvideo.com/
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Here ya go... Lots of great Photography videos as well. http://www.photovisionvideo.com/
Perfect, thank you!

Am I allowed to make a joke about getting information via RSS? Or is that tooooo geeky?
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