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afayec Nov 9, 2006 9:24 AM

I've been reading on the forums that a light meter is needed for studio lighting and wondered if anyone could recommend a good/inexpensive one. What features should I look for in a meter?


Ronnie948 Nov 9, 2006 12:11 PM

Just be certain you purchase a "FLASH METER" They will read a strobe light flash. A regular light meter won't. I don't think anyone makes a bad one. Just some have a lot more features on them and cost a lot more.


yendikeno Nov 10, 2006 1:54 PM

A very good incident/flash meter to consider is the Sekonic L-358. Not sure what price they are now, but paid $219 for mine, and it was worth every penny.

stowaway7 Nov 11, 2006 7:30 AM

I use a Polaris which will meter flash or natural light (incident and reflected). You can trigger it from a PC cord to take test readings. Just got my new B&H catalog and it's going for $160 US. A good meter at a good price IMO.

Caboose Nov 11, 2006 8:32 AM

Although Konica Minolta is no longer in the photography equipment business, their flash meters are still quite good. I have the flash meter V. I'm sure there are still some closeouts going for these alsoat some of the local camera stores.

Nov 11, 2006 9:32 PM

I read a comparison review of them somewhere. The fancy ones with the most features performed exactly as the cheaper (JTL...$50.00 or so), as far as metering went. Of course, having the meter trigger your flash units is a nice perk......

afayec Nov 13, 2006 10:51 AM

Thank you all for your input. Since I'm just starting out I really value any advice I can get from those with experience.

I'll keep everything in mind as I'm researching my flash/light meter purchase.


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