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04-19-2014, 07:40 AM   #16
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A while ago I bought a Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III with all the Lumisphere / Lumidisc and Slides accessories, pouch, papers and packaging for the opening auction price of $50. SInce it's really a Cine / Studio meter (constant multi-source lighting) it is more complex to use with a still camera than a simpler or more purpose built meter but I've learned to use it, I like the analog nature, I don't use flash often and it fits in my pocket. Even new they're less than $200.

I do have a very simple, tiny Sekonic reflective meter from the 60's that I also carry in my bag but I rarely use it. The camera meter is good enough for the times I would use such a simple meter.

04-19-2014, 09:01 AM   #17
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I din't know how good rhey are, but there are quite a few cell phone apps available for minimal expense.

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Thank you for the helpful replies, everyone. I'm sorry for not responding sooner. (It's my 50th birthday today and I was surprised yesterday by a special surprise delivery - my father and sister arrived from the West Coast to spend the weekend with Mr frogoutofwater and me. So, needless to say, there has been a lot of catching up and not a lot of time spent on the internet.)

I do expect to use the light meter in mixed lighting situations for more than just the lighting class I'm currently taking. It won't be an everyday thing, but I do want to get better at using flash and studio lighting, sometimes in mixed lighting situations. So maybe I should look at something more than the basic meter. I've got some good suggestions and some research tips, so I'll follow up on that - and then head over to Adorama when it reopens after the Passover Holiday.
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Just to put in 2 cents; I always enjoyed my Luna Pro F. Reason: Indestructible, fast, easy, accurate and, especially, It has the Zone System as part of the dial. If you really want to learn photography you have to know Zone System's basics IMO. There's one on ebay now that's recently calibrated too.

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