I have just bought a camera that has no built in light meter - so now I need to know all about light meters. What does one look for in a meter, does anyone have any reccomendations/ favorites an or advice?
#1. "RE: light meters" | In response to Reply # 0lstavast Registered since 01st Jan 2003Fri 08-Mar-02 09:15 AM
Any of the sekonic or minolta hand meters will do a good job for you- find a model that fits your budget. I have a sekonic 508, does incident and reflected spot metering (as well as flash). I use all 3 modes and get great results. mid $100-350, high end you probably paid too much if you're starting out
Personally, I use incident metering (put meter in same light as the subject, point the diffuser dome at the camera) a lot. I also use reflected spot on side or backlit situations. I use the flash meter with my studio strobes exclusively.
All this with my non-metered camera, and a fair amount with the F100 as well - but it does pretty well with what's built in.
Good luck !
Best wishes - Lyle Stavast
#2. "RE: light meters" | In response to Reply # 0SzennyBoy Registered since 28th Jan 2002Fri 08-Mar-02 09:15 AM
I guess the most basic functions required will be the capability to set the film speed (should be standard), the aperture and shutter speed modes. You have the analogue models with the needle point and the digital ones (more expensive). You also have models with capabilities to measure reflected light (to the camera) or incident light (on the subject) or both.
Advantage with the digital ones is that they may incorporate colour temperature measurement capabilities which can be very useful in helping decide on filters. The one I use is the germany-made Gossen Mastersix with the additional Profi-Color Attachment.
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#3. "RE: light meters" | In response to Reply # 2jrp Charter MemberFri 08-Mar-02 10:05 PM
, both have relatively economic yet reliable models.
In the Gossen, two models come to mind:
a) The analog reflected light meter Scout 3 (US$53)
b) The analog incident and reflected light meter Pilot 2 (US$92)
In the Sekonic line:
a) The L-158 Auto-Lumi analog ambient reflected light meter (US$59)
b) The L-188 Auto-Leader analog ambient reflected Light (US$85)
Today I still have a Sekonic for studio work, the amazingly small yet extremely precise Sekonic L-308B II Flashmate. I extracted the prices from B&H, right this moment.
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#4. "RE: light meters" | In response to Reply # 0
What type of camera did buy? What type of photography will you use it for? General photography? Portraits? Studio work? Nature photography? Landscapes?
The light meters mentioned by others will work quite well with a 35mm camera for general photography, however they would not be optimal with a medium format or a view camera.
For a medium format camera you would, at minimum, want both incident and reflective measurement capability and probably spot capability.
For a view camera outdoors you need spot meter as well as incident capability. Some meters have attachments to measure light off the ground glass of the view camera.
For studio work you probably want flash meter capabilities.
#5. "RE: light meters" | In response to Reply # 0
Hi, Its all going to be personal preference , personally the Sekonic L358 is a new meter but having 2 memories and a long list of goodies is a help .If you use medium format also and do studio or portrait I find it ideal. Sekonic is quick to respond and if you go to their site and E-Mail them you should get brochures in about a week. May I suggest that you buy "The Hand Exposure Meter Book" by Hirschfeld, Shell, Silverman and Zuckerman before you purchase a meter ,it's $19.95 that you won't regret spending and it may save you from spending more than you need to ,or less initially, and more later. Doug