recommend me a good light meter for <$100 ?

Discussion in 'Photography Equipment & Products' started by Idasho, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. Idasho

    Idasho TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Can you recommend me a good light meter for under $100?

    Im jumping back into the large format game, and need a light meter. Would like to keep it under $100

    There are loads of them on Ebay, but Ive been out of this game for long enough, that I dont know my nose from my butt when looking at them. Primarily due to not recognizing manufacturers.

    Manual meter is fine, and is actually preferred. This meter will be taken on backpacking trips, so I would like to avoid anything that requires batteries, or delicate electronics.

    Primary emphasis will be landscapes and such, with close vegetation shots as well, if that matters.

    Thanks for any help :thumbup:
     
  2. Idasho

    Idasho TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    5o views and no response?

    Thanks :confused:
     
  3. Big Mike

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

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,818
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    You are going backpacking with large format gear? Ouch!

    Are you taking any other camera? It should be easy enough to use the built-in meter on a camera that has one, and just transfer the settings over.

    I don't know anything about cheap light meters. I see them on E-bay and behind the counter at the old used camera shop...but it doesn't look like any of them were manufactured in the last 30 years. Anyone I know who's bought a light meter recently needed a flash meter and usually spends more than $100.
     
  4. EhJsNe

    EhJsNe TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2008
    Messages:
    617
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    A Riverside Town by Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I have a Weston Master II Exposure meter, I got it for 8 bucks, and i see them on ebay from anywhere from 5-20 dollars.
    It works great, is simple to use and needs no batteries. Its a bit heavy,(for its size at least) but its nice and solid....it feels like I could throw it at a brick wall and nothing would happen, and is accurate. Just make sure you donr point it at the sky...youll get a flase reading and your shot will be underexposed.

    Only problem beeing is that the fastest shutter speed on it is 1/1200 of a second, but for large format, you usually use smaller apertures, so you probaly wouldnt be needed 1/1000 of a second exposure (do large format cameras even go that fast?)
     
  5. bhop

    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
  6. Idasho

    Idasho TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
  7. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2005
    Messages:
    37,371
    Likes Received:
    10,657
    Location:
    Victoria, BC
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    Check eBay... there are LOTS of Gossens for <$100 - you can't beat them.
     
  8. bhop

    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Dec 10, 2007
    Messages:
    2,209
    Likes Received:
    236
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    I've read that the battery life is good. I haven't had mine long enough to find out, only a few months. You could always buy an extra battery and keep it in your bag (it uses a small flat lithium battery).
     
  9. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2007
    Messages:
    6,111
    Likes Received:
    15
    Location:
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Visit a local pawn shop. Last time I did this, I saw about 20 incident and flash meters for under $50.
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

best cheap light meter

,
best cheap light meter photography
,
best light meter
,

best light meter under $100

,

best light meter under 100

,

cheap light meter for photography

,

good cheap light meter

,

light meter under $100

,
light meter under 100
,

photography light meters under $100.00