Originally Posted by Princy
Well thanks for the supportive vote for the 358, that was the one I was looking at.
Anyone got any thoughts on the 558, lot more expensive. Looks impressive, reads impressive, but is it all neccessary. Any comments on that would be great.
It depends on whether or not you want a spot meter. A 1 degree spot meter is indispensible for the work that I do. By the time you buy the 358, the 1 degree spot meter attachment, and the radio module you will spend ~$450. The 558 runs ~$485, includes the radio module, and is 16 times more sensitive to light. That is, the spot meter in the 558 can read exposure as low as EV1 (f/2.0 @ ISO 100), whereas the 358 w/ 1 degree spot attachment can read exposure as low as EV5 (f/8.0 @ ISO 100).
Without the spot meter the 358 is plenty sensitive for anything you'd ever want it for. I started out with one and still keep it around as a backup.