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03/23/2006 02:46:47 PM · #1
... And how do you choose between a $54 one and a $854 one?.... And what is Cine metering? So many questions - so little knowledge.


03/23/2006 03:02:09 PM · #2
Found this article (which I intend to read when I get home from work):from Photoethnography.com
Now that I have a new flash unit, I was wondering if I need a light meter or perhaps a flash meter...so I'm marking this thread "watch." Glad you asked the question, idnic.
03/23/2006 03:04:48 PM · #3
Depends on your needs. A $200-$300 dollar one is all you need.

I have a minolta auto meter 4f for studio work, I haven't used it in years though. I use my minolta spot meter f all the time though for landscape work.


03/23/2006 03:08:23 PM · #4
When you consider what a decent filter costs, why would you be durprised at the cost of a decent light meter? It's a much more complex thing to build. Up to a point you get what you pay for. I'd agree with Brent that the $2-300 range is the break-point; more than that, you're probably paying for what you don't need. Reliability and precision are the keys.

Robt.
03/23/2006 03:21:08 PM · #5
Sekonic L-308S Flashmate - Digital Incident, Reflected and Flash Light Meter
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Hows about this one?
03/23/2006 03:25:42 PM · #6
Originally posted by idnic:

Hows about this one?


I can't speak from personal experience as I haven't bought a meter in decades, but back when I did buy them we used several Sekonics; they always made a good product. Looks like that would do the job, assuming you don't need a spot meter. And a "real" spot meter (with al ens to look through and a zoom function) can't be combined with these other functions anyway.

Robt.
03/23/2006 03:25:54 PM · #7
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Like the one I have or go buy a 4f off of ebay...

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03/23/2006 03:28:14 PM · #8
Sekonic L-358 Flash Master

I bought this one a couple of months ago for $259 to use with the Alien Bees setup, and now I think that it's more than I really need. I'm just finding my way along in the dark, so to speak, so take it with a grain of salt, but I would guess that the one you linked to would probably meet your needs.

Any experts out there please do correct me if I am wrong.)
03/23/2006 03:30:27 PM · #9
Scratch that, I see Sekonic at least has meters that actually do combine a real spot meter with the other functions. Ain't progress wonderful?

R.
03/23/2006 04:04:34 PM · #10
Think i'll borrow one for a few days before I decide. Any tips for getting the best results with one in the studio?
03/23/2006 04:05:33 PM · #11
Originally posted by idnic:

Think i'll borrow one for a few days before I decide. Any tips for getting the best results with one in the studio?


How many lights in the set up?
03/23/2006 04:10:08 PM · #12
Originally posted by Brent_Ward:


How many lights in the set up?


Three normally - sometimes 3 & a reflector or two
03/23/2006 04:11:51 PM · #13
Originally posted by idnic:

Originally posted by Brent_Ward:


How many lights in the set up?


Three normally - sometimes 3 & a reflector or two


meter each one individually with the others turned off to get your ratio. Then adjust your exposure after that.
03/23/2006 09:31:13 PM · #14
k, got me a borrowed KM one to play with for a few days - mind you NO MANUAL

I'll figure it out!

03/24/2006 11:00:25 AM · #15
alot of times they have the manuals on PDF from their websites. Had to get mine this way for my Gossen Luna Pro-F.
EDIT: Try Here!

Message edited by author 2006-03-24 11:06:07.
03/24/2006 12:18:51 PM · #16
I have the Sekonic Flashmate L-308BII. I have been pretty happy with it.

It's primary value to me is metering each light in a setup individually. It reduces the guess work on intensity, distance, etc.

04/01/2006 09:03:21 PM · #17
Hi all,
To answer idnic's question (And what is Cine metering? So many questions - so little knowledge), Cine speeds can range over a wide scale of frames per second such as 8-128. Typically, film is shot at 24 frames per second. Find the frames-per-second (or cine speed) of your camera and read the corresponding f/ftop for that camera. I am still using my old Sekonic Studio Deluxe Model L-28c2 I bought almost 40 years ago.
04/14/2006 10:15:15 AM · #18
I bit the bullet yesterday and bought the new Polaris meter. It is smaller than all of the other meters I played around with and has all of the functions of the larger bulky ones. Goofed in the studio and around the house with it this morning -- then read the manual and goofed with it some more ;)

Its great! Lets hope it helps my photography. :)


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