Pocket Light Meter for iPhone

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  1. nsurit

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    Anyone out there using the "Pocket Light Meter" app for their iPhone? If so, how is it working for you? I have a great spot meter, however I almost always have my phone with me . . . Bill Barber
     
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    I have the Droid version and after I calibrated (it was off by about 2/3 a stop because I don't think they knew about the tinted glass) it has worked great. My ex uses it on her iPhone and it seems to be quite impressive. I'd go for it.
     
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    I use it all the time. It's great. It was off about 1 stop for my needs but is easily adjusted in the settings.
     
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    I have this app and use it a lot. You're right, most people have their phone with them now, so it's handy. Like any meter, it's got its own process or quirks...overall I really like it and find it accurate (although, for disclosure, I use it for B&W neg shooting)
     
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    I only use the Pocket Light Meter app. It's so convenient and has done me good so far.
     
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    It's accurate. But iPhones can crash and at times, I've had to restore it. I would have a back up meter. My iPhone is a lemon though.
     
  7. David A. Goldfarb

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    I find it works surprisingly well, as long as you're particularly careful about where you point it (as is necessary with any spot meter). While I was traveling in July, I found myself using it quite a bit when my 5-deg attachment for my Minolta Flashmeter III was giving me unreliable readings. I eventually sorted out the problem with my Flashmeter, but in the meanwhile, the Pocket Light Meter app was giving me reasonable readings.
     
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    I have no complaints and it often is exactly what my camera's light meter is reading. I think is wonderful, for free no less!
     
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    I use it exclusively. I have, on one occasion, found it to have gone bonkers, totally giving me whacky readings, which I was fortunate enough to catch (thanks, sunny 16 rule!). A reboot of the iPhone fixed it up.

    It's great to be able to have a visual feedback of exactly *what* you're metering for... something that is not easy to get unless you have a good, and expensive spot meter. Highly recommended.
     
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    Yep, another user here too. It was out about 2/3 compared to my lunasix (my regular, big bulky meter). I've been using the pocket meter to get an idea of if/how a shot will work, but still use my 'real' meter when it comes to the shot (prefer incident in most incidents :tongue:).

    One limitation I notice regularly, is that it isn't great in low light. I shoot in low ambient light a fair bit, and tracked down a lunasix years ago for that very reason. Once dusk starts to fall, I find I can no longer find anything to meter off with the app.