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Best CHEAP light meter?
Old 10-13-2003, 10:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I think I'm going to purchase a light meter which I definitely want to be an incident light meter, if it does spot metering as well that's great but I imagine I won't want to spend enough to get both features. Hoping to be well under the $200 price mark (is under $100 possible). What do you reccomend? I'd take a used one if anyone had a source for it. Thanks.
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Old 10-13-2003, 11:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Try this $69.95 option. It's not fancy, but I've used one as my backup meter for three years, and it's always dead on.
http://adorama.com/catalog.tpl?op=de...17005&sku=MEEL
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Old 10-13-2003, 03:52 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Seems to be out of stock.

Any other ideas?

Any opinions on this one?

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Old 10-13-2003, 03:58 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It's not a flash meter, does that matter? I know you're looking to buy flash equipment.
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Old 10-13-2003, 04:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yea I am and actually I didn't know that you needed a special one for flash. I have never even considered a light meter because I have been doing all digital and I just see what my results and adjust accordingly. I watned to try shooting some slide flim so I thought a light meter would be a good idea.
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Most "non-flash" light meters won't hold the reading when the flash goes off, if they even react that fast.

You might look at the Shepard Polaris 100 for an inexpensive flash meter, although I personally prefer the Sekonic 358.
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Old 10-13-2003, 04:18 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I bought a used Gossen Luna Pro at my local camera shop a few years ago for $50. For flash work I bought a used Wein WP1000 off of Ebay for $35. Both have served me quite well. They aren't fancy, but get the job done. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Image is Gina. The Wein meter was used to determine the exposure.



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It's a little more than you were thinking but you might want to consider the Sekonic L-358 which is the little brother to the L-508, which I use. (The 508 adds a 1-degree spot meter and some other features, but costs twice as much.) I found them great and easy to use. Get the right tool for the job now, and you won't have to worry about it anymore.
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Old 10-14-2003, 09:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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For studio work I use the Minolta Flashmeter V with an Autometer IV as a backup. They are terrific and always spot on.

Shooting with slide film affords very little room for lighting errors. Right now you can find a pre-owned Minolta Autometer IV anywhere from $175-$250. Well worth the investment. The Autometer IV works in both ambient and incident light situations.

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What makes the autometer IV better than the sekonic 358?
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