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01-20-2020, 03:53 AM - 2 Likes   #1
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Light Meter (Sekonic 508) itís a fun toy

Recently I started a thread asking about light meters, and I got a lot of great responses and help. After reading through the posts and doing some research about zones and reflective metering, they started to make sense. Using a spot meter to measure the light and darkest parts of a scene made a lot of sense to me.

As was pointed out to me my camera’s meter can achieve the same result by taking test captures and reading the histogram. I have practised this method and through trial and error does eventually produce an acceptable result.

As a novice there is a lot of test shots and adjustments which I am sure a lot of beginners have and still do on a daily basis. When I mentioned to someone I work with that I had been researching light meters he mentioned his Sekonic 508.

I did not realize this fellow was interested in photography so it was a great to have someone to compare notes with. We did go out to shoot some landscapes and I did try his meter. He was giving me tips along the way and I can see the learning curve involved , but it really opened my eyes to reading light and how it affects exposure.

The light meter did not suddenly make me “king of exposures” but it did teach me a lot about light in a scene and help me further understand the concept of the zone system. The measuring of the brightest parts and the darkest parts of the scene and averaging them was a very helpful starting point.

I found that the light meter is not going to make the exposure for you but will accurately give you the information to guide you along the way to a good exposure. From a novice point of view I really liked using it, but would I pay the price of a new L858 D well I can honestly say “I don’t know”

Mike


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For me it is the Gossen Sixtomat Digital, love it, I'd go for a F2 as a replacement in the future. Always been keen on the Gossen's.
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I, like you, have found a light meter to be quite useful. Mine, a Sekonic L-478D-U, gives me insight into a scenes light that a camera meter does not.
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Mine is Weston Master V and Invercone

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light meters are fun and interesting to use! it is nice to slow down and evaluate the light in a scene for a shot.....in general I only use them when shooting film with bodies that do not have a metering system....as of late a kodak retina Ia and yashicaflex TLR.....only one roll developed so far and the exposures have been decent with the use of a battery operated Polaris meter (ferget which model) and also a GE DW58 (no batteries! and works great!)…..it's neat to kinda get an 'average' using these old school tools of what is going to be shot and making a decision of what settings to use......not that I know for sure but err to overexposure with film as if the film don't get enough there ain't pulling up shadows and is forgiving to overexposure without getting blown out
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QuoteOriginally posted by beachgardener Quote
Always been keen on the Gossen's.
I work with a sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR, the version with the built in Elinchrom flash trigger, makes sense to get it since I work with Elinchrom flash gear all day. But in the past I have found the Minolta flash meters are very reliable. At the studio where I work there are a huge variety in the meters each of my colleagues uses...l don't mention many of the unspoken rules of fashion photography but where I work it is considered to be a faux pas to show up at the studio with the same flash meter as the person working in the studio next to you, Duels have been started over less.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
Duels have been started over less.
actually my flash meter is a Polaris, works quite well with my Visatec lights, so I'd be safe as not many of them will have one of them.
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My Gossen F2 is really easy to use and works great. It is a fantastic, easy, fast and sure way for getting the right exposure, if you like to work in the M Mode of your Cam

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