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B800 Bees...need meter
Old 01-11-2004, 11:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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well my Bees are ordered...now what meter?!

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Re: B800 Bees...need meter
Old 01-11-2004, 11:23 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How much do you want to spend, do you want just a flash meter or a ambient/flash meter?

how about some details?

I have Sekonic (8 years old now)and never had a problem with it.

As long as a meter gets you within a 1/8 of a stop, I don't really see the point of spending more money.

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Re: B800 Bees...need meter
Old 01-11-2004, 11:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Clint, any of the Sekonic or Minolta meters are great. I have a Minolta Autometer IVf and a Sekonic L508 and both are wonderful.

The new Minolta Auto meter Vf is $240 at B&H and the Sekonic L-608 is $649 but that meter is overkill for most people.... [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] I don't use most of the features on my L-508 but I got it for a great price used and I do use the spot meter sometimes. But the Sekonic I would recomend for you would be the L-358 for $219.

The cool thing about the new Sekonics is that you can get a transmitter for Pocket Wizard radio remotes to put into them for $25. I'm considering selling my 508 and getting a new one with a transmitter. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

Anyway, I would highly recomend the Minolta Auto meter Vf and the Sekonic L-358 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: B800 Bees...need meter
Old 01-12-2004, 09:13 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I concur with the suggestions for Sekonic. I've used both the 608 and 358, and they're both excellent. But, why meter at all? With digital, just feed the Video Out to a TV and check the results visually along with a histogram check. I've done this as well as shooting tethered and it was far better than metering. My 358 with transmitter is on Ebay right now. Just not using it.

Give it a try before buying a meter.....and if you bought the wired remote, you can adjust the lights intensities right at the monitor. Very handy.

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Minolta would be my choice.
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I have been using Minolta for many years, with great reliability.
 
 
The meter is!?!?!
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Either Minolta or Sekonic are fine.

Just learn how to use them and you will make much better more precise images then just hit or miss from a TV set.

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Re: B800 Bees...need meter
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I'm about to order some Bees and I've (borrowed and) used a Sekonic L-508 before and it was very nice. I think I will get a 508 if I don't get the 558.
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Old 01-12-2004, 06:47 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Ah the knowledge that flows from NE Arkansas...and in my price range to on the 358...

Thanks Ernie...
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