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Flash meter recomendations.
Old 10-09-2006, 01:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Well, no better place to ask than such an estimed group , grovel grovel...

I am an amateur, I enjoy photograpy a lot, I am retired and would like to buy myself a flash meter/ light meter.

I am in the UK, if that makes any difference..

I want something which is going to last me a while, and that does basically anything that is needed to be amateur or even semi pro.

What do you suggest as a good make and model and also a good source of UK supplier.

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Re: Flash meter recomendations.
Old 10-09-2006, 01:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Lots of good meters out there. I use a Sekonic L-358. It has a module that will trigger Pocket Wizards, thereby making things even easier when shooting. YMMV.

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Old 10-09-2006, 01:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use a Sekonic L358 which is in my opinion wonderful to use.
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Old 10-09-2006, 02:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I use the L-358 as well. Its ability to trigger a PW receiver saves TONS of time and effort.
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Old 10-09-2006, 06:17 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Another vote for the Sekonic L-358. It's got seals to make it somewhat weather-proof if you shoot outdoors.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:43 AM   #6 (permalink)
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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.

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Old 10-10-2006, 02:02 AM   #7 (permalink)
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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.

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The Sekonic 558 is a good light meter. I have one.
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Old 10-10-2006, 08:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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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.

Regards Princy
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.

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Old 10-22-2006, 01:04 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would also take a close look at the Minolta AutoMeter 4F. This is a great meter and I know many working Pros who would leave their pants at home before they left their 4F at home. I have one and can't say enough good about it.
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I use a Sekonic L-558. It's agreat all around meter. It'll do the ratio calcs for you. There are so many features, I've barley used 1/2 of them.
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