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Old 10-17-2007, 04:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So, I think I am finally going to go and drop the cash on a light meter. I don't use one very often but I understand the need for it in so many cases. My local camera shop has the Gossen DigiFlash (the tiny blue one) on sale for $175!

So, anybody own a Gossen DigiFlash? Like it? Hate it? Let me know.

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Re: Gossen DigiFlash light meter
Old 10-17-2007, 06:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I can't help you on the DigiFlash, but if it's worth anything, I've used a Gossen LunaStar for close to 15 years now and the meter has never failed me!
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Re: Gossen DigiFlash light meter
Old 10-17-2007, 09:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I use the Gossen Luna Star 2 and before that used Gossen analog meters for over 20 years. Never had one problem with them.
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Re: Gossen DigiFlash light meter
Old 10-17-2007, 10:31 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'd recommend the Sekonic L-308S over the DigiFlash. My experience is that it's more sensitive, more accurate, displays a wider range of readings and measures to 1/10th. of a stop (as opposed to 1/3 of a stop).

The Sekonic L-358 is probably the best meter for the money out there, but it might be more than you want to spend (~$250).

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Old 10-18-2007, 08:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Go to Will Crockets Shoot Smarter site and read what he has to say about meters. Then make your decision.

My 2 cents? Buy a better one. You need the precision and maybe the more advanced features as you grow.

Also, try them out in the store. See which one is easier to use and read for you. My top of the line Sekonic is harder to read than my Minolta Flashmeter III and IV, but it has spot metering capability. So right now I use all three depending on the job needs.
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Old 10-22-2007, 10:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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So, I read reviews, including Will Crockets. Everybody loves it! I couldn't find anything bad about it. So, I bought it!

Ugh... First off, let me say I have never done anything more than play with a light meter. But every time I meter something it comes back a couple stops underexposed! I meter my gray card in the ambient light in my living room and it comes back saying i should shoot about 1/20th of a second at f2.8 when in reality my histogram is bottomed out. I end up having to shooth 1/6th of a second to get a good histogram. What gives? Am I doing something wrong or do I need to go get the Sekonic???
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I have no idea what your experience level is so forgive me if I'm being too basic here, but the first question I would ask is do you have the ISO set the same on the camera as you have on the meter? Also since you are metering a grey card I assume you are using the meter in reflected mode. Try metering in incident mode and see if you get the same results.
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Old 10-23-2007, 07:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, I have the ISO set and I have messed around with the incident mode but not much. Thanks!
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So, I read reviews, including Will Crockets. Everybody loves it! I couldn't find anything bad about it. So, I bought it!

Ugh... First off, let me say I have never done anything more than play with a light meter. But every time I meter something it comes back a couple stops underexposed! I meter my gray card in the ambient light in my living room and it comes back saying i should shoot about 1/20th of a second at f2.8 when in reality my histogram is bottomed out. I end up having to shooth 1/6th of a second to get a good histogram. What gives? Am I doing something wrong or do I need to go get the Sekonic???
In incident mode, place the meter at the subject's position and aim the dome back towards the camera lens and take a reading. This will give you an exposure solution based on the amount of light falling on the subject.

In reflective mode, place your gray card at the subject position and orient it so that it faces the lens. Position the meter close enough to the gray card to take a measurement, but don't let shadows from your body or meter fall on the card.

You should be able to fill your camera's viewfinder with an image of the gray card and take a reading with your camera meter. The camera's solution (reflective) should match the meter's solution using either of the above metering techniques.

If you're still having problems, ask the store personnel to demonstrate the meter's functions to you.

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Old 10-25-2007, 03:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Awesome! Thanks a lot Chip. Hopefully it does what I need it to do and well!
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