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Old 07-09-2005, 04:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking to buy a good light meter for Studio flash and ambient light. Looking at a Gossen Luna Pro. I dont want to drop a lot of cash on one but I do want to get something that I can use.
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Re: Studio flash meter
Old 07-09-2005, 04:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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They come in all price ranges. They all are going to do essentially the same thing. They'll measure the flash and give you an fstop for a given ISO. I've used a number of them from the old Wein ($50), to a Novatron ($150) to a Minolta Flashmeter IV ($400) which I've been using for many years. If you just want it for metering flash, then just pick up the cheapest you can find and it will do the job.

Since the advent of dSLR and the histogram in the camera, I hardly use the flash meter at all. I just use a black/gray/white calibration target and determine the exact fstop using the histogram and target.



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Old 07-09-2005, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You put together some really great collages.
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Re: Studio flash meter
Old 07-09-2005, 04:59 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a Sekonic L-558 and love it. It's easy to use both in the studio and on location.
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanx for the info on the meter. I'm still kinda in the dark on the histogram. The key word is kinda or maybe dark. LOL I understand about the card readings but how do you get to the correct f stop? I'm shooting with a 20D.
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Old 07-09-2005, 05:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I use the 20D also. Here's the method for the black/gray/white card:

1. Place the card in the subject area facing the main light
2. Set the 20D to manual and set the shutter speed to 1/125th and the aperature to f8 (I just guess at the f8, based on experience).
3. Shoot a shot of the target full frame. In other words in the view finder you will only see the three stripes of the target.
4. Now look at the histogram. If the exposure is correct, you will see three spikes. If you see 1 or 2 spikes, then the exposure is way off. If you see three spikes but the one on either end is partially off the edge, then you are clipping either the highlights or shadows depending on which edge.
5. If you didn't get three full spiked, got back to step 2 and change the fstop up or down depending on which spike is missing or clipped. Repeat this process till you get three full spikes.

In general, if you want to fine tune even more, shoot till the three spikes are fulling there and as far right on the histogram as you can get them.

You then may want to adjust the fstop at that point based on the skin tones of the subject by 1/2 stop up or down.

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Old 07-09-2005, 05:46 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I have the Sekonic wireless L-358 and it is awesome. Much better then my old Polaris.

I paid about $250 for it

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Old 07-09-2005, 06:30 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Sekonic L-358 if we are watching pennies. If you are heavy into digital go with the Sekonic L-558R, its more bells and whistles and geared and designed for digital shooting.

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Old 07-09-2005, 06:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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TommyMc,

The Gossens are generally some of the better made meters and should do you good service. I don't specifically know much about the Luna Pro F, but have known of folks who love 'em.

What you might want to consider, though, is whether you're ever going to want to use the meter as part of a wireless system, such as the Pocket Wizard system. If so, you might want to consider the Sekonic L-358 at about $100 less than the Gossen meter, including the Pocket Wizard transmitter.

Then when/if you go with the wireless system in the studio, you won't have to purchase a different meter.

Just something else to think about.

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Sekonic L308B. Love it and it was cheap at B&H.
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