light meter?

noxious kettle [deleted] 6:41am, 26 December 2008
i'm looking for a light meter, preferably cheap. anyone have one? a flash/ambient (minolta IV, sekonic l358, etc..) would be awesome, or just one that measures ambient (incident, i don't know my way around a spot too well). anyone?
JulesAmeel PRO 9 years ago
you've tapped me out on gear man, did you end up getting that medium format system then?
either way
I'd check ebay for sure that's one of those things were if it's a newer model it's certain to work
noxious kettle [deleted] 9 years ago
yeah, and now i'm very broke. i probably will end up scouring ebay for a cheap minolta one. most are under a 100, but thought i would check here first.
Hambone Lewinski 9 years ago
Well, I became the proud owner of a Spotmeter V yesterday, but I'm not giving up my Gossen handheld. Sorry :-).

I know Kip has like five. In fact, he CARRIES three on him apparently.

You can get a small handheld on eBay for not too bad. This is the one I run around with --

I had to put a $7 battery in it, but it's lasted through more than a year of heavy use (although I'm always careful to close the case when it's not in use.)

It has an incident cap and a low light mode; I've accurately taken readings in the realm of EV 2 or 3.

-Snapshot- 9 years ago
Might not be what your looking for but I have a Gossen Luna Pro, purchased it from Duluth Camera Exchange new a gazillion years ago. It is pretty much mint in the box and is in working condition. $50.00 it’s yours

K. Praslowicz 9 years ago
If you're going to be shooting tri-podded medium format, a spot meter is a definite win. The basics you need to know to use it aren't all that difficult, unless you can't add or subtract up to three.

Luna pro is also real sweet for incident metering. Double bonus if it is the SBC version that uses everyday 9V batteries.
noxious kettle [deleted] 9 years ago
what are the basics to using one to get a correct exposure? a spot meter just doesn't seem conducive to what i like to take pictures of (walking around, people), but considering my camera probably weighs like 8 pounds i probably will be utilizing a tripod a lot more. i borrowed an incident meter for a while and it was great for flash metering, but for ambient it seemed to underexpose quite a bit of what i shot. i've tried using spot (5 degree i think? just whatever was in my 35mm) and it worked fine, but i didn't really do much else besides trying that. i tried reading "the negative" a while back and found out it wasn't easy reading. i was thinking of buying just a cheap minolta auto meter III f, and getting a 1 degree spot from them later on. would still probably end up being cheaper then buying the all-in-one sekonic down the road.
K. Praslowicz 9 years ago
Basics are to just meter some part of the scene and go "I want that to be black" or "I want that to be almost white" and make an adjustment from there.

If I'm walking around just shooting people and quick moments where I dont' have time to meter every shot, I usually just spot meter my hand, and open up a stop. I'll stick with those settings until the lighting changes. Fairly common practice to do this simulate incident metering. Its like carrying a zone VI grey card if you are white skinned.

Otherwise the standard zone system use is to meter the darkest part of the image, and close down by two stops to put it into the black w/details zone. Or when I shoot at night where the contrast is much greater, I meter a highlight and open up 2-3 stops to and just let the blackness fall where it wants to.

The negative is kind of a heavier reading. If you want something easier to follow, I found The Practical Zone System to be written well with a lot of examples, and it applies to film & digital use.
noxious kettle [deleted] 9 years ago
cool, a lot of help, thanks. i used that expose for shadows, close down two stops after reading a more practical approach to the zone system on luminous it worked fine, but i never tried it just walking around. i think i just need a better eye on what to expose for exactly (as far as shadows, or darker areas).
K. Praslowicz 9 years ago
Takes time. Keep practicing. I rememer years ago when reading between reflective & incident metering. Incident made perfect sense, and reflective seemed like a mystery. Understanding both is invaluable though.
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