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    I use a Pentax Digital Spot most of the time. I have been using one sort of spotmeter or another for 30 years and the zone system for as long so a lot of it is intuitive. I find the Pentax to be the easiest and fastest to use.

    Working in the studio with complex lighting setups and the ability to totally control and maintain what I have created (as far as lighting goes) I tend to use a flash meter and an assortment of incident readings all tested with polaroids more than a spot meter.

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    Pentax- analouge of course! No d*****l goes anywhere near my photography!
    Long exposures? 75 yr old railroad pocket watch

    Matt

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    Pentax digital spotmeter for Zone System measurements. I'm very satisfied.

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    I'm using the Pocket Spot one degree meter. First meter I've used that is compensated ("modified") for the BW film spectrum. That's a nice feature. I like the small size, too.

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    For many years I used a Seconic Apex meter - reflected/incident averaging meter. Bought it about 25 years ago after the meter in my old Mamiya-Sekor 1000DTL SLR packed up - it was ancient at the time and the dealer gave me a good deal on it just to get it out of the display case. It works very well but it has two drawbacks. First, it is not a spot meter. What that means is that I have walk up to the subject to make a "spot" meausrement - gasp! The dreaded exercise! Of course, if you read the news the last couple of days, use middle-aged guys (and gals) need to do a little more exercis as well as take our Lipitor.

    The other problem is that the Seconic uses PX625 mercury batteries. I stocked up on a trip to Asia a few years ago, so that's not an immediate problem, but it's still something to worry about.

    So a few weeks ago I dropped into Adorama in NYC to treat myself to a new meter. Chose the Adorama digital (the same as the Soligor except that Soligor is no more). So far I am very pleased with it and the convenience is refreshing. But I suspect that the reduction in exercise will cause me to increase the Lipitor dosage.

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    I use a Weston Ranger 9 modified to use silver button batteries when I need a spot meter, a Gossen Luna Pro S for night photography, and a non battery powered Weston Master IV as a back up. I also use the "sunny 16" rule with pretty good results(exposure wise)

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    I've accumulated a few meters over the years. The Minolta Spotmeter F is my most used spotmeter. I also have a Pentax Digital, the 7.5/15 degree attachment for my Profisix and the spotmeter function on the Sekonic L-508C. I use the L-508C more as an incident meter than a spotmeter because of the lack of a display in the viewfinder. I have a few other incident meters, but this is a thread about spotmeters. However, I think that Phil Davis' discussion about the benefits of incident metering over spot metering (in Beyond The Zone System) is worth mentioning.

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    I started out using a 5 degree spot attachment on my Sekonic L-328 then picked up a used Minolta Spotmeter F and now use that all my for spot meter readings.

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    Another Pentax Spotmeter here - analog...
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