hand held light meters

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by nikon90s, Aug 19, 2003.

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Is a hand held light meter worth getting?

  1. yes

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  2. no

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  3. don't know

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  1. nikon90s

    nikon90s TPF Noob!

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    Anyone using a hand help light meter? I was thinking about getting one are they that big of a help?
     
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    oriecat work in progress

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    I am glad you asked this, because I have been thinking about it myself, as my old Mamiya-Sekor's internal light meter died but I want to still be able to use it, since it was my first SLR that I got in the 8th grade and is special to me. :) But I know nothing about light meters...
     
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    if you have ttl metering that is capable of spot, center, and matrix metering, then you should be well off.

    incident meters are good if you are a stand still photographer who shoots stand still subjects in forever even lighting.

    a tech junky who should shoot more than do math may jump in and argue the 12.5% gray vs. the 18% gray issue, but it doesn't mean a rodent's buttocks if you know how to make a one time slight adjustment to exposure. reality is that most ppl couldn't see the difference.

    i've owned 2 handheld meters. i gave them away. if you don't have spot metering ttl, a handheld spot meter would be a nice addition.

    to each his/her own, though.
     
  4. John A

    John A TPF Noob!

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    I use a Gossen Lunasix F ..... got it at the same time I bought a used Mamiya 645. so I use it with that also with an old Nikon FM whose inbuilt meter is way out of whack. But if I did not have either of those cameras I would not bother with a hand held meter.
     
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    The meters in the new cameras are better than ever, but still not as a good as incident metering. If you have an older camera with an inoperative meter, they are worth it. I have a Shepard meter that cost me a little over $100 and it is very accurate. I use it with my Yashicamat. You don't have to spend 200-300 dollars for a good light meter. I think they are even more valuable if you shoot slide film.
     

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