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I need a light meter
Old 05-28-2003, 11:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I need to buy a light meter that gives accurate readings and will not get me in trouble for spending all of the Wife's money. Do you guys have any suggestions, and if so, what do you like / dislike.

Thaks in advance for any help.

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I need a light meter too!
Old 05-28-2003, 02:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I posted this after being up for about 22 hours, so I am sorry for the typos. I hope I don't get a bunch of recommendations for "Nedd Needlelander" light meters. Guess I get fat fingers sometimes.

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Re: I need a light meter too!
Old 05-28-2003, 03:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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sekonic L508
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Re: I need a light meter
Old 05-29-2003, 10:09 AM   #5 (permalink)
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You need a lightmeter? What for? Incident ambient? Incident strobe? Reflective strobe? Need more info.

I'm assuming you need an incident strobe meter with the capability of measuring ambient as well. I've used the Sekonic L328F for ages with no problems. It's a straightforward flashmeter, does everything you need it to, with few bells and whistles. They've a new model out now that I'll probably be upgrading to soon, but I haven't needed to for quite some time and I've shot an awful lot in an awful lot of studio/location settings. When I bought the meter back in '94 I believe, it set me back about $300.
 
 
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I do need an incident strobe meter, and ability to measure ambient light. Thanks for your reply. I just got my Alien Bees in today, and have ALREADY seen the importance of metering properly! Sure, I could get it "Close" but it was not "Right"

Up until this point, most of my stuff has been outdoors/indoors with available light, so I have been able to "Get by" with in camera metering.

Again, thanks for the help to everybody.

Steve
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Old 06-05-2003, 08:08 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The Minolta Autometer IV F and the Sekonic L-308 are great meters and I would recommend either of them.

Both are simple to use, light and relatively inexpensive
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Old 06-05-2003, 10:47 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Check out the Sekonic L-358. It's about $220 at B&H and does everything you need it to. It also, with a $25 module, has the ability to fire strobes via pocket wizard radio slaves. The L-358 is also weather resistant and has a backlit LCD that comes on in low light so you can see the screen.

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I actually use a Sekonic L-508 more than any other meter. I've thought about getting the newer one with the built in remote but it's not worth it. It's not that big a problem to hook up the cord to my pocket wizard transmitter.

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I've got to say that the Unique Photo offer of the 308B II at $169 is the best price I've EVER seen for a good little light meter that won't break the bank and will do the job. I've had my 308B II for two or three years and it's been great -- I think I paid $269 for it -- which was a heck of a deal at the time!

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