Flash meter

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  1. plastii

    plastii TPF Noob!

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    Hi there.

    I really need a cheap/DIY studio flash meter. Do you know if there is any on-line place where I can buy one very cheap (used) or just make one? I’m short on money so can’t be too expensive.

    Thanks a lot.
    Marek.
     
  2. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Pawn shops. Last time I went to one, they had meters from $40 to $200. Test before you buy!
     
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    dxqcanada Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I bought on on E-bay for $40. I don't think it's all that accurate but it sort of works :lol:

    While I do think that meters are a very valuable tool when setting up and/or learning how to properly use flash/strobe lighting...you really can get by without one if you are shooting digital.
     
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    plastii TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the info guys.
     
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    The histogram on your camera's LCD makes for a very good flash meter. A bit more cumbersome but it works.
     
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    While it's true that meters are not necessary for most people, to say that they are obsolete when shooting digital is false. Digital does not replace everything, and I still use my flash / light meter with my digital camera. There are certain things spot / center / matrix metering just can't do. And, my lightmeter in indident mode replaces a grey card any day.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I am perfectly at ease using my histograms... but let's be honest... I can go from setup to setup in about 60 seconds using the flash meter and get SPOT ON what I want. I can do the same using the histogram, but it takes me closer to 5 minutes and more futzing.

    Having said that, when doing studio work, I use ONLY a meter to go by and when doing weddings or E-sessions, I use the histograms. Outside of the studio, things change from step to step so I can be "close" and be OK, where as in a studio, I won't accept anything less than exactly what is in my mind as the goal for a shot.

    Different mentalities for different situations in the way that I work.

    As an aside, I picked up a $12 Minolta meter for my friend from a local pawn shop. Matches the incident and flash readings from my Sekonic L-358 perfectly, so it is dead on accurate. Not bad for 12 bucks!
     

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