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#1 andres victorero

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Posted 27 October 2005 - 01:35 PM

Hi everyone, I am a beginner DP and I have a low cost light meter, and it is very niggling and no more precisely. Well I am looking for a goof light meter (incident, reflected, spot) and that I can read easy the measures. any suggestion?

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#2 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 06:29 AM

http://www.sekonic.c...cts/L-558R.html
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#3 Stephen Williams

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 09:49 AM

http://www.sekonic.c...cts/L-558R.html


Hi,

I have a Sekonic 508 and can recomend it.

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#4 Laurent Andrieux

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 10:03 AM

Yep ! Sorry my post was very quick, but if you make a research in these forums the Sekonic seems to be very much appreciated by many DPs here !

I have ones at the school I teach in and I can make a few comments about it.

1 - it became impossible - In France, at least, to find a spotmeter as either Minolta and Pentax have stopped making any.

I think it's a pity because when you have both lightmeter and spotmeter in your case, if ever one breaks down, you have a back-up.

The Sekonic is very much cheaper than both meters but if it breaks down you're dead...

The screen in the spotmeter position is not as comfortable as the Minolta, but it works on 1 degree and works well.

2 - The man who used to calibrate meters in Paris at MS is now retired and there is no one anymore in France to calibrate anything but Sekonic... Specra has to be sent to US and Minolta to Germany... But he told me to be carefull with the wheel of the Sekonic, that is made of plastic...

3 - Mind that this wheel can be turned without you to notice it, changing the speed and therefore f***ing up your setting and metering, but you can lock the panel.

4 - Mind also when you make an incident metering that you didn't stay in the "spotmeter" position...

5 - A few things I particularly like with it : the different modes (lux, fc, cd/m², fl, etc.) memories etc.. ; no more flat disk to bring and change, the head assumes the 2 ways of metering.

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Posted 28 October 2005 - 11:16 AM

I have the L-506C Zoom Sekonic... which I think has been replaced by newer model, but I love it. I've never looked back after buying it. My only complaint is light can spill into the spot from the viewfinder side if you are out in bright conditions. A eyecup would be nice. If you get one, watch for spill on the spot meter in very bright light.
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#6 andres victorero

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Posted 29 October 2005 - 01:52 PM

Thanks a lot, very usefull replies. ;)
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