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Sekonic 308.. good enough?
Old 03-26-2007, 12:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey all

I am getting my gear ready for an upcoming studio photography course. I don't have much studio experience but am looking to focus on it in the future. (glamour photography, in particular).

I already own a Sekonic L-308S light meter. It has a flash mode but I am concerned whether or not it will be accurate enough.

Should I upgrade my meter? Or is it good enough and save my money for my own lighting equipment?
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Re: Sekonic 308.. good enough?
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Most any flash meter will work just fine. You just need to be sure that you know how it relates to your camera. I always try to calibrate each meter I use to each camera I use. So meter a lighting setup with your meter, and then shoot some test shots (of mostly medium tones or just a gray card) and bracket over a 2 stop range on either side of what it recommends (in 1/3rd stop increments). Now pick the best photo. Did the meter's reading correspond to the fstop of that photo? If not, you can adjust the meter to give that fstop for the same scene. Or you can just remember what the difference was and apply that for future use. Keep in mind that the meter will only be a starting place anyway. For example, if you were shooting a mostly white subject or a mostly dark subject, then you would change from change the fstop from what the meter was showing.
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Re: Sekonic 308.. good enough?
Old 03-26-2007, 04:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The Sekonic 308 is a great little meter. It is every bit as accurate as the more expensive Sekonic meters and will serve you just fine for most anything you want to do. It is more than "good enough". The more expensive Sekonic meters provide capabilities such as: tuning, wireless triggering, spot metering, strobe/ambient ratio analysis, multiple profiles, multiple ISO settings, and the like. These features can be very useful and convenient but aren't critical to determining proper exposure, which is ultimately what you want a meter to do. I'd stick with what you've got until you decide that you want or need the features of a more expensive meter.

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Thanks guys. You have been a great help!
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While bith the 558 and the 358 are the same (engine wise), the spot meter on the 558 is extremely useful, especially for shadow intensive work. There are other differences between both models but the spot meter is really a big thing
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