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What is the BEST light meter out there

Jeff Stevenson , Mar 26, 2006; 02:09 a.m.

Hello, not sure where I should post this so I'll give it a shot here.

Right now I am using a Sekonic L-308S Flashmate. Problem it's a full 2 stops off. I meter my subject at f/8 @ 1/125 and set my camera to match the subject comes out all blown out. Now if I adjust it to f/10 @ 1/125 they photos come out just right.

SO I am a little tired of it and want to know what is the best light meter out there? Right now I do a lot of baby portraits but plan to start shooting weddings within the year.

Please let me know what you think.




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Thorir Vidar , Mar 26, 2006; 03:57 a.m.

i don't have a clue about which light meter is the best, but the difference between f8 and f10 is not two stops. more like two thirds. anyway,... if your meter is consistently 2/3rds off, why not adjust the iso setting accordingly, and you'd get the perfect exposures every time??

Alan Chan , Mar 26, 2006; 04:03 a.m.

If you are going to trash your 308S, maybe you could disassemble it and see of it could be adjusted. It's not a complicate meter anyway.

Steve Levine , Mar 26, 2006; 05:46 a.m.

Have you tried comparing your meter, to a 2nd meter? Also you don't say what medium you are shooting?

Gary Watson , Mar 26, 2006; 06:56 a.m.

Funny, my little 308 is deadly accurate. Several nites back at my photo club's shoot 3 different Sekonic models were all spot on-and produced obviously accurate results for film and digital. Get it checked out and/or check whether there's something weird dialed into your camera's exposure compensation.

Skip Douglas , Mar 26, 2006; 07:06 a.m.

Jeff - are you shooting film or digital, and are you using natural light (continuous lighting) or flash (studio style flash)?

The answers to those questions can help me provide some significant answers to your problem.

Ellis Vener , Mar 26, 2006; 07:24 a.m.

Sekonic L-558R

Edward Ingold , Mar 26, 2006; 07:30 a.m.

It's possible the meter if off-calibration, and needs factory service. However, the way in which a meter is used is often more important than the meter itself. Perhaps if you describe your setup and how you take the reading would help with the diagnosis. You should know that f/10 (f/11) is only 1 stop from f/8. This suggests there is a bump in the learning curve.

Michael Ging , Mar 26, 2006; 09:35 a.m.

Where you point your meter,how you hold your meter,and how you interpet your meter is just as Important as the meter itself.My Minlolta V, is as good a meter for what I use it for as any I have tried.

Charles Stobbs , Mar 26, 2006; 09:57 a.m.

Your eyes.

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