Sekonic L-758DR Light Meter

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  1. PicturePerfect1

    PicturePerfect1 TPF Noob!

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    Hello, I am a college student and am looking to purchase the Sekonic L-758DR light meter. I am shopping around and am not in any big hurry (being a college student I am broke and looking for the best possible deal). So far I am finding a price around $500, does anyone know of any student discounts, deals etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated... also if anyone has used one I would also be interested in any feedback on if you liked it, and/or if you have found something cheaper that you feel is just as good.

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    SMG
     
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    I don't know of any discounts, sorry. Are you a member of PPA or WPPI? They most likely would have one.
    You could also do a seach for "discount codes Sekonic". It just might just come up. I've lucked out a few ways that time.
    Anyhoo, I have the same unit, and it's super. You will love it.
    Good luck and happy clicking!
     
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    I’ve had one since they came out about a year ago, and it has become my most used meter for still photography. I wrote a brief review of it here, and mentioned other aspects of it in a few other threads: link; link; link; link, including comments on sensitivity in low light.

    Whether or not it is the ideal meter for you, and whether or not a cheaper meter would work just as well (or better) depends on exactly what you want to do with it.

    Here is a picture of it beside a Profisix and a Color-Pro 3F (which is the same size as a LunaStar, for example).

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

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    I agree with Helen. There are plenty of cheaper light meters that would probably suffice. Like the Sekonic L-358
     
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    PicturePerfect1 TPF Noob!

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    As for how I will use it: I specialize in portrait photography, I have a small in-home studio so i will use it to set my flashes there, I do also do a few weddings so it would be used in a variety of different settings measuring both flash and ambient light.... and/or a mixture of both
     
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    The L-358 might be perfect because you don't really need spot metering for the cases you mention. The L-308 is also a very nice little meter for incident measurements, but the L-358 has a few more features that would be useful to you.

    Best,
    Helen
     
  7. jstuedle

    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Do you need the spot feature of the 758? I use a L-358 and think it's great. I also use a Gossen Digital-F and find it just as accurate and a lot smaller and portable. (shirt pocket size) The 358 triggers my pocket wizards or I may not have upgraded from the Gossen. All will give you the correct reading, just depends on if you really need the extra features.
     
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    I don't really know if I will be using the spot meter... I plan on making this the only meter I buy (if possible) so i want it to take me through the changes/developments in my business as it grows? ... I would be interested to know if any wedding/portrait photographers find themselves needing the extra features of the 758
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I'm sure that some do. On the other hand, I'm sure that fewer and fewer photographers are using light meters because digital cameras off instant feedback...the histogram being especially valuable.

    I find that I use my light/flash meter to get a base reading but then I just go by what the histogram is telling me.
     
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    mamiya actually does a discount service. If you go to maconcampus.com and register you will be able to search through tons of photo supplies for a pretty good discount. That is, if your school offers that.
     

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