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Old 10-13-2005, 02:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all!

Can someone recommend a "Good" Flash meter not necessarily an expensive one. I not sure that my wife is going to like me spending much more than $200. I have finally got my canon 20d and just ordered some alien bee's that should be here in the next week. Any help would be great!! Also if there is anybody in the Kansas city area that wants to do some shooting in the future or would like some assistance for one of their shoots, I would love to hook up! I'm very eager to learn. My background is in graphic design and photography has worked its way in. Thanks! Matt
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Re: Flash meter
Old 10-13-2005, 03:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Minolta IV-F or IV is the middle of the pack of all flash meters. Used one is around $175 - $ 225. It is the most popular flash meter. I have mine for many years. Rolando Gomez uses Minolta IV also (I believe).
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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This is good news for me as I have just bought one on ebay au for $200 au
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just got a Sekonic L-358, which is a popular meter. If you decide to use pocket wizards, the Sekonic will accept an internal transmitter for the PWs. Most places sell it for around $225-230

Sekonic also has a cheaper version that sells for around $180, I think. The minolta that has been mentioned should be good too. Up until recently I was using an ancient Minolta Flashmeter III that I bought from KEH. It was OK for a long time, then the buttons started to fall off. The newer Minoltas have a better design.

If you absolutely cannot spend more than $200, the cheaper Sekonic might be the way to go. I think its the L-308 or something like that.
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Old 10-13-2005, 04:49 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I use a Sekonic L-308B which does all I want and cost around $200.
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Go with the sekonic L-358, good middle of the road meter, slightly over $200 right now, but worth the extra $20.

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Old 10-13-2005, 06:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I use a Minolta IV F. Paid around $175, got it from Keh.com.
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Old 10-13-2005, 06:22 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The Minolta VF replaces the IV, and runs right around $220. There's also the Sekonic 358. It runs about $225 and has a few features that make it a more capable meter.

1) The Sekonic is weatherproof. That is, the controls are sealed against dust and moisture. You don't have to worry so much about the elements.

2)It will meter multiple flashes, allowing you to build up the exposure if you need to fire your strobes more than once for adequate depth of field or whatnot.

3) The 358 has both aperture and shutter priority modes, so you can hold either variable constant. The Minolta only has shutter priority.

4) If you ever want a spot meter, Sekonic offers a 1 degree spot attachment (as well as a 5 and 10 degree). Minolta only offers a 5 degree and 10 degree spot attachment, not nearly as useful.

5) Flash to ambient light ratio. The Sekonic shows you the ratio in 10% increments. The VF shows the ratio in 25% increments. Easier to dial in your shutter speed to match the lighting effect you want.

6) The Sekonic is capable of firing your strobes wirelessly. If you ever decide to go the wireless triggering route, the 358 is Pocket Wizard ready.

If you really do need to keep the price under $200, take a look at the Sekonic 308S for $190. But if you can stretch your budget to $$1/4, the 358 is just about the only meter you'll ever need to buy.

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Old 10-13-2005, 09:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Old 10-13-2005, 11:59 PM   #10 (permalink)
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L-358 is a nice meter. I use one and love it. It is nice and simple to use.

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