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Old 10-14-2003, 08:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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For light meters that are compatable with studio flash the only way I've seen them used is by plugging a pc synch cord into the light meter to trigger the flash. Is there another way to trigger the flashes for the light meter? I use a quantum radio slave and I'm I would either have to connect the flash to the radio transmitter with a pc synch cord or buy a long synch and disconnect the radio slave and connect the flash meter to measure the flash. Are there other options for triggering hte flashes? Do any of hte light meters automatically sense the flashes similar to how a flash set on slave senses the other flashes and fires? I'm debating between the sekonic 358 or a really cheap bottom of the line unit, nto sure I want to spend $200.
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Old 10-14-2003, 09:05 AM   #2 (permalink)
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All the flash meters that I'm familiar with have a corded and non-corded flash setting. With non-corded you go where you're taking the reading, aim the meter, push the activating button on the meter, then fire the flash with the remote.

Look for two symbols -- one has a lightning bolt with a cable or synch icon (corded flash), the other symbol just has the lightning bolt (non-corded flash).

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Old 10-14-2003, 09:09 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input.

Beautiful picture!
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As far as flash meters go....
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Try this one:
Sekonic L-308BII at B&H

It's $179 and MUCH better than the Polaris -- which is a cheapo student meter.

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Re: As far as flash meters go....
Old 10-14-2003, 09:18 AM   #5 (permalink)
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for only $20-30 more does the 358 add worthwhile features in your opinion?
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Re: As far as flash meters go....
Old 10-14-2003, 12:12 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That's subjective. The nice thing about the 358 is the ability to plug in a wireless transmitter -- but that's only if you use the Pocket Wizard system. Since I use Quantum -- it's not a feature to me!

The 358 has more granularity -- you can measure light in 1/2 or 1/3 stops more easily, the display is bigger, and the globe rotates for better metering. Nothing you can't do with the 308 -- it's just easier and in the newer form factor. I find the 308 a bit easier to operate.

However, you asked for CHEAP -- and the 308 is typically $50 - $70 less than the 358. And the 308 does the job. I like the Minolta IV -- but it's priced more like the 358.

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Re: As far as flash meters go....
Old 10-14-2003, 12:24 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yea I hear you. I definitely did ask for cheap. I have seen the 358 in the low 200's and that's why I ask. It's not that much more. I'm an all or nothing kind of guy and since it sounds like the $50 meter is not the route to go throwing on an extra $20 or $30 if you're already committed to spending $180 is not that big a deal. Between the 358 and the minolta IV do you have a strong preference?
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Re: As far as flash meters go....
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The Sekonic has a lighted panel and buttons that are sealed against dust and water.

I'm not sure about the new Minolta meter it came out after I bought my Sekonic. However, I'm sure its a good meter.
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