Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital SLR and Interchangeable Lens Cameras > Sony Alpha dSLR / Konica Minolta dSLR, Sony SLT

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 16, 2008, 11:27 PM   #1
Senior Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 146

I just bought a Sekonic L-358 light meter that I plan to use it for the studio lights that I will purchase in the near future. I tried to compare the result from it and my A700, they have different results. Both setto ISO-800, F2.8, the shutter speed from the Sekonic is 1/8 and A700 is 1/20. The picture from 1/20 is more natural and 1/8 is little too bright. Is the Sekonic not accurate and need to be returned? Any one can give me advice? Thanks
lsifs is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jan 16, 2008, 11:48 PM   #2
Posts: n/a

My advice is use the meter that actually takes the image. Light meteres were made for film cameras & I've not used one yet that matches a newer in-camera DSLR meter.
  Reply With Quote
Old Jan 18, 2008, 10:47 AM   #3
Senior Member
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 144

If you're using studio flash lighting you need to use the light meter to correctly setup you lights. Light meters are accurate, in camera meters are not usually as accurate. If you're using hot lights instead of strobes you could get by with just the in camera metering. But if you're using strobes the camera will make its decision based on the light before the picture is taken not what is there when the picture is taken.

After you've done it a few times, you may get to where you know the ballpark exposure. I'll usually setup, set the camerea to the settings I think are close and then chimp a few shots to get my exposure the way I want it. Something you'll probably do even with the light meter. But I definately recommend having one.
kberntsen is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:51 PM.