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Thread: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

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    Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    I am looking for a relatively ~150$ cheap light meter for a large format camera I just picked up.

    Are there any specific models you would recommend?

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    Spot or incident? I'd guess that finding a good spot meter in your price range is going to be tough; more choices on the incident side. The Sekonic L-308 is very popular.

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    I'm a big fan of Gossen, particularly the Digisix or Sixtomat.

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    You could use an Lightmeter app on your phone (~2$)

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    CalcuLight X or XP still work well.
    The XP will give you readings by the light of a quarter moon.
    Incident and reflected light readings as well as an attachment that allows you to meter directly on your ground glass.

    Small, lightweight and they just keep on working.
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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    The old (pre-digital) Pentax "Spot-5" spot meter, if you can find one in good working order...is a great meter, especially if its been "Zone-VI Modified." Another choice would be the old Soligor spot meter. Not sure about parts/repair availability for either of these though, but I've seen each of these meters priced well within your desired range.

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    I have found that a lightmeter app on my phone is very useful.

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by Alan9940 View Post
    Spot or incident? I'd guess that finding a good spot meter in your price range is going to be tough; more choices on the incident side. The Sekonic L-308 is very popular.
    Well - this was another question I had actually, but I didnt want to bring it up in the "gear" section. For landscape photography, which light meter would be better?

    Everything I have read said that if you can get a spot meter, then get a spot meter. Wondering what the community thinks.

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    Quote Originally Posted by bmoffitt1990 View Post
    Well - this was another question I had actually, but I didnt want to bring it up in the "gear" section. For landscape photography, which light meter would be better?

    Everything I have read said that if you can get a spot meter, then get a spot meter. Wondering what the community thinks.
    From my point of view the choice of meter is related to type of film.
    For black and white and color neg I tend to use a incident meter.
    For slide film a spotmeter is essential I think, to help to evaluate and guard the highlights.

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    Re: Light Meter for Large Format (4x5) Landscape Photography

    A small digital camera with full manual capability and a zoom lens, like the discontinued Fujifilm X10 can provide more useful exposure information than any light meter I have ever used, and there have been many. I seem to remember that Fred Picker wrote that evaluating a Polaroid was more accurate than even his exotic spot meter (which I once owned and eventually sold, never to be missed).

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