I am in the market to buy a light meter and am looking at the Sekonic L-358. This is my first light meter and will be using it for fashion photography with both ambient light and flash, most likely with a pocket wizard in tow. I envision using the flash off camera and at time bouncing it off a reflector. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
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I have the Sekonic L758DR, which is very similar to the L358. The major difference is that the L758DR includes the one-degree spot meter not present in the L358.
You will find the L358 a very well designed and manufactured unit, with many useful features, for use in incident light and speedlight metering. If you intend to use the meter to trigger your speedlights with Pocket Wizards, be sure and get optional RT-32 transmitter module.
You didn't indicate what type of speedlights you are planning to use, or which Pocket Wizards. Sekonic recently announced a version of the transmitter module that works with the new Pocket Wizard TTL units. I have not explored this at all, and suggest that you do so prior to ordering.
I have a herd of twelve Nikon SB800 speedlights and enough Pocket Wizard Plus II and MultiMax units to supply all of them, plus one on-camera master unit. All of my speedlight work is fully manual, and I have no need for the TTL version. In full manual mode, each of the twelve remote SB800s can be set independently, and I am not constrained by the three remote group limitations of the CLS TTL approach.
Tell us a bit more about your plans and we can ocntinue.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona Nikonian Team Member
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if you buy the Sekonic meter, remember that the transmitter module won't work with Profoto equipment which uses an incompatible system.
I was slightly worried about this before buying the meter. However, it turned out not to be a problem since you can flash the Profoto lights with the radio transmitter in your hand from the light meter reading location once you have selected to measure the flash (and not the ambient) light. The lightning icon in the Sekonic flashes for a minute or so during which you can hit the flash button in the Profoto transmitter. In other words, you don't have to sync the reading with the flash.
Can't go wrong with an L358. I use it for a variety of applications - including outdoors to check flash to ambient light ratios. Helps me create studio lighting outdoors. Awesome gadet - and so crazy easy to use.
I have had an L-358 for years. It is a great meter. Now I must have the new module to work with the TTL units. The only complaint I have is they ( or at least mine) suck down batteries when turned off. The123A batteries aren't inexpensive either. So remove the battery when it will be idle for any period of time, which is a good idea anyway.
Scott Chapin Powder Springs, GA, USA Nikonians Team Member
>I have had an L-358 for years. It is a great meter. Now I >must have the new module to work with the TTL units. The only >complaint I have is they ( or at least mine) suck down >batteries when turned off.
it must be the radio unit which drains the batteries while the meter is off. I'm still using the same set of batteries which were supplied with the meter almost 9 months ago. However, I haven't been using the meter a lot; in other words, my unit doesn't drain batteries while off.