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    cheap light meter

    i finally saved up enough to get a bronny sq-a and ima need a light meter.. cuz sunny 16 isnt cuttin it...anyone know any good cheap easy to use light meters for under 100ish dallors..thanks
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    light meters - Adorama.com

    Sekonic's L-208 seems to be the main, current low-priced meter. I know some people used to like the Gossen brand Luna-Pro. It makes sense to find out what battery a light meter uses--some light meters,especially older models, use batteries that over the course of the life of the meter will end up costing you a fortune at $8 per battery...

    Sheperd used to make some low-cost meters, as did Polaris. You might consider that a quality light meter will last 20+ years if taken care of. I bought an expensive Minolta in 1986,and am still using it today for both incident light and mainly flash metering; unfortunately, the battery it uses costs about $8 every time I need a new one, hence my earlier comment.

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    hhmmm that sekonic one seems perfect... i would dish out some more money and get a better light meter... but... the more expensive ones seem to always be super bulky.. and im gettin my license in a week so my pos care is ganna be gobbling up all my money and i wont have enough for a better one.. thanks for the help tho
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    hhmmm that sekonic one seems perfect
    Thats what i would suggest, owned one once, its an excellent meter for the price
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    A 2nd hand Luna Pro and a battery insert to permit the use of currently-available batteries will see you through rather nicely.
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    Sekonic L-208 usually sells for around $75:
    nifty little meter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derrel View Post
    light meters - Adorama.com

    Sekonic's L-208 seems to be the main, current low-priced meter. I know some people used to like the Gossen brand Luna-Pro. It makes sense to find out what battery a light meter uses--some light meters,especially older models, use batteries that over the course of the life of the meter will end up costing you a fortune at $8 per battery...

    Sheperd used to make some low-cost meters, as did Polaris. You might consider that a quality light meter will last 20+ years if taken care of. I bought an expensive Minolta in 1986,and am still using it today for both incident light and mainly flash metering; unfortunately, the battery it uses costs about $8 every time I need a new one, hence my earlier comment.
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    I have three hand-held meters, all three of which I bought used. Many years previous -- back in the mid-80s -- I bought my first external light meter so I could use it with an old Canon rangefinder camera I had just bought. It was a cheap Sekonic. Don't remember how much I paid for it, but knowing me, probably not more than $40 or so. It was a very basic meter, but it was accurate and got the job done. So if funds are a problem, consider getting a base model from a reputable brand. It should get the job done for you until you decide you need more.

    Of the three light meters I still own (the cheap Sekonic is way long gone now), one is a Pentax Spot Meter V. I bought it about 20 years ago, and paid about $60 for it. I have no idea what they sell for now, but mine still works fine, and is dead-on accurate. Recommended.

    I bought a Luna Pro F around this same time. At the time, this was a very pricey meter, but I recall getting a good deal on it then, so I figure I paid probably around $100 for it or so. This meter is also one that has withstood the test of time with aplomb. Superbly accurate, and it really does a great job metering flash exposure.

    About seven or eight months ago, I was in a local camera shop and noticed that they had junk bins. So I started rummaging through them, and came across a Luna Pro SBC that looked to be in pretty clean condition. It had a sticker on it that read something like "4 stops off, $5." Well, I figured that an SBC was worth $5, even if it was this far off, so I bought it from those good folks. Got it home, put a fresh 9v battery in it, and at that point, realized that the EV adjustment scale had been moved away from its "zero" setting by -- you guessed it -- four stops. So, I added a perfectly functional Luna Pro SBC to my inventory for a paltry sum.

    Anyway, the moral of this story is, I suppose, keep your eyes open. You never can tell what you might come across that has value to you, and this includes light meters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torus34 View Post
    A 2nd hand Luna Pro and a battery insert to permit the use of currently-available batteries will see you through rather nicely.
    Or shoot for an SBC version which takes standard 9volts.
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    I have a few Gossen Luna pros I'd like to sell for around $75?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jhonnymarsh View Post
    I have a sekonic but cannot remember which one. It looks like the L308 but it has spot metering at 5 degrees.Takes AA penlights, and works a treat.
    Sounds like you are describing the Sekonic 408.. I have one and it does work great but I generally don't need all its features so it stays home.

    As for the OP, if you can pull a little bit more for the L308 I am pretty sure you'll be happy for a long time. Its about the size of a medium sized cell phone and fits in many cell phone holsters for easy access. It does both reflective, ambient, and flash. Pretty simple in operation.
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