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Thread: meter of choice?

  1. #81

    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Ellenwood, GA

    Re: meter of choice?

    Wow, those are expen$ive.

    Quote Originally Posted by cowanw View Post
    Nobody has mentioned a Gossen Starlite. Which would do everything you want>

    "I think I would like to get a separate meter though.
    I see many prefer the Pentax Spot.
    However, I was thinking maybe one of the Sekonics, one that also does flash metering?"

  2. #82

    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    Re: meter of choice?

    The iteration of this probe for any camera is the Sinar Booster 1. It has a lightweight cassette that takes the position of the film holder, into which the probe is inserted. These things are best suited for the studio. Advantages of using the probe are automatic bellows compensation, on axis metering (hand metering requires readings from the side of the camera which could be less accurate), reading through filters,and spot flash metering which will prove accurate even if your aperture scale is off.

  3. #83

    Join Date
    Apr 2006
    Hell's Kitchen, New York

    Re: meter of choice?

    One option with the Sinar Booster is to use it with the Sekonic L508 rather than the Minolta IV or V - these meters have a compatible accessory cell system. The L508 gives you the possibility of spot metering albeit without a viewfinder readout. You can also use the Minolta Booster II to give a very sensitive system (Sekonic/Minolta combination shown in picture - it can read quite accurately down to at least EV -8 at ISO 100, as shown). The later Sekonic spot/incident meters (558, 758) have viewfinder readout but no accessory socket. They also added independent spot/incident calibration, which the 508 does not have.


  4. #84

    Join Date
    Mar 2012

    Re: meter of choice?

    Perhaps a little late in the day to add, but atleast for ambient and flash I'd recommend the Minolta V flashmeter. Quite straight forward to use, and runs on a common as muck AA battery that seems to last ages - I've had the meter for five or six years, and it was last August I had to replace the battery for the first time.

    That said, I've just spent 320 on the Sekonic 758D, as I begin to use 5x4 more often outdoors, I notice I need the use of a spotmeter. Only real reason I went with a new one was there was about 50-60 difference in price for a second hand older model that only had a 12 month warranty. Being in the UK, the sale of goods and services act covers a new item pretty much like an extended warranty.

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