flyfisher1976
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Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 9:22 pm

I am planning to buy an incident meter. I have about $200 to spend and the L-358 is within this price range. Just wondering if any of you have any opinions on this particular model. Here is an example:
http://cgi.ebay.com/Sekonic-L-358-Fl...QQcategoryZ708QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Thanks,
JD
 
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JeffM
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Mon Mar 20, 2006 10:04 pm

The L-358 is a great meter. It's one of the ones I use, and is a little more feature rich then the Minolta. If you can, go try them side by side.
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:07 am

Thanks,
Could you suggest any others that might be a little less $$. I might just get one used, but if I could get one new under $175, that would be better. I don't need lots of features...just good exposures.
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:08 am

Quoting Flyfisher1976 (Reply 2):
Could you suggest any others that might be a little less $$.

Hmmmmm....not really. The 358 or Minolta IV or V are really the only ones I looked at for digital incident meters. Most of the others are just flash only.
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:14 am

After doing some more research I found this model, which is a little more within my price range:


http://cgi.ebay.com/Sekonic-L-308S-F...sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Jeff, do you (or anyone else) have any experience with the 308? As mentioned above, I'm not looking for lots of bells and whistles. If it saves me $75-$100 and gets the same quality exposure, with less features (that I don't need)...then I'm in!

P.S. (&correction to above) The L358 is more like $350-$375/ a little out of my price range.

[Edited 2006-03-22 00:16:21]
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:27 am

It looks like from what I could tell from the ebay ad that it will work just fine. It doesn't have a Pocket Wizard setup, but other then that it should work.
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Wed Mar 22, 2006 8:55 am

I have the Sekonic Flashmate L-308B. Very basic, but it does the job just fine.

I get confused with the metering scale sometimes, and sometimes I wish it had spot-metering capability!
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Wed Mar 22, 2006 9:55 am

Does the 358 have spot metering? I didn't notice that in the description.
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:01 am

Quoting Flyfisher1976 (Reply 7):
Does the 358 have spot metering? I didn't notice that in the description.

No, that would kind of defeat the purpose of an ambient light meter, you get an incident meter to read light falling on your subject, your camera already reads light reflecting off.........
 
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RE: Your Opinions On This Incident Meter...

Wed Mar 22, 2006 11:55 am

Quoting JeffM (Reply 8):
No, that would kind of defeat the purpose of an ambient light meter, you get an incident meter to read light falling on your subject, your camera already reads light reflecting off.........

This is true...However, I was just thinking of it as a feature that I might need in some other situation in the future. But again, the main purpose is to have a device capable of incident metering. So it sounds like the less expensive model may due the trick and satisfy my budget requirements.

Thanks, JD

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