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Old 10-18-2004, 10:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok everyone can anyone recommend to me a good flash light meter for around 200 bucks.

I've always been partial to Minolta products because the SRT 101 was my first SLR camera and I have a Minolta incident light meter that I have had for over 30 years and the thing works great.

It's time I upgrade to digital and I need one to use with my Alien Bees.

Suggestions appreciated.

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Old 10-18-2004, 10:58 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sekonic L358 $219 at B&H
add the pocket wizard transmitter module for on $25 extra.

works great with my ABs
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Old 10-19-2004, 01:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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there's basically only two choices in your price range worth considering: the sekonic l-358 or the minolta VF.

here's a review comparing them. (btw, i use the minolta VF and am quite satisfied with it)

review of l-358 vs. VF
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Old 10-19-2004, 09:26 AM   #4 (permalink)
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When I had a choice on meters it was always Minolta. Then the choice becomes either the 358 or the 558. I decided to go with the 558 due to its 1 degree spot meter. If you need spot metering then the 558 is the answer.

Both of course support Pocket Wizard.

Just my 2 cents
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Old 10-19-2004, 01:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The cheapest yet best meter around is the Sekonic 308IIb -- B*H has it for $179. While it doesn't have quite the bells and whistles of the 358 -- it's a good $40 - $60 cheaper and does the job.

308 on B&H
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Old 10-19-2004, 02:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Sekonic

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excellent products
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I think those are Sekonic
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part numbers?
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Been using a Minolta Flashmeter IV for a number of years.......
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and it has never failed me. I use it as my primary incident meter as well. It is a little complicated to use at first but there is nothing I need it to do it cannot do perfectly.

They can be found in fairly decent qualities used. It goes forever on a single AA alkaline.

There is one on EBAY right now for $150 with ~23 hours to go.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...sPageName=WDVW
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Definately the Minolta Flashmeter VF. If you want to save some bucks, mine got destroyed in the Bahamas during a shoot and I had good luck replacing it using ebay. It's a great meter with affordable accessories like spot attachements and a port for Sinar metering back probes.

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