Spot meter recommendations

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  1. stradibarrius

    stradibarrius Member

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    My spot meter is busted so I need to replace it.
    suggestions?
     
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    If interested I do have a Pentax Spotmeter in very good condition, that I'd like to sell. Let me know!

    Marc
     
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    Pentax digital spotmeter...mine has been flawless for almost 30 years.
     
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    I love mine as well. Super simple and easy to use.
     
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    For simple spot the basic Minolta or Pentax pistol types are terrific. For something with more bells and whistles consider a Sekonic L-508. I bought mine used many years ago and it's never let me down.
     
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    That Sekonic L-508 ZoomMaster looks like a cool meter. I have a 758DR that I really like, but since getting back to table-top and +lifesize I am considering the L-508 ZoomMaster as well. It seems to be a great meter and it accepts the accessories like the mini light receptor, which I absolutely love for getting into very tight places. The spot on my 758DR does not allow focus at very close range. This may be more of a nuisance than a problem, but I still remember using a wand on my old Minolta Flash IV and it was a great little tool. However, the L508 does lack the inboard Pocketwizard radio transmitter, so one might need to be velcro'ed to the back.

    The other thing I remember is that the Pentax Digital Spotmeter had a variation which was modified by ZoneVI to improve reading through colored gels, for enhanced accuracy in B&W Zone System readings. However, I shot almost exclusively transparency film and never adopted the Zone system on what little B&W I did shoot so I am not going to enter the fray on the argument of the effectiveness of the modifications, that is for smarter folks than I.

    http://www.sekonic.com/downloads/l-508_english.pdf

    edit: Apparently the Sekonic L-608 Super Zoom Master also takes the Mini Light Receptor and has an onboard transmitter. I need to research this a little more. :smile:

    http://smc.temple.edu/fma/files/2011/07/L-608Manual.pdf
     
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    Pentax Digital Spot meter. Small, simple, and reliable.
     
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    Can't go wrong with a Pentax Spotmeter V.

    Cheers,

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    +1 for the Pentax Digital Spotmeter. Going on strong for 25+years, trouble free.
     
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    I have the Gossen Starlite 2 and love it. It does flash, reflected, incident, 1 or 5 degree spot, and also gives photometry readings. It will also do zone system measurements, allowing you place values and shows you the range of values in the scene.

    Pricey, but worth it.
     
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    +1 Minolta Spotmeter F
     
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    I shoot mostly LF, and some MF - I find that the Pentax Digital Spot is very intuitive for my pseudo-zone method when I am shooting both LF and MF, although because of the type of photography that I do with MF, I find myself using an incident meter more often when shooting MF (Minolta Autometer IVF).
     
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    Found a nice Sekonic L-788