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    Incident, Reflected, Spot, and Flash light meter?

    I'm basically looking for an extremely versitile flash meter.

    The Sekonic L-758C seems to fit the bill perfectly, but I will not drop $700 on a light meter. :|

    Help?

    Actually...The L-758C is only like $500 on ebay, new. Not that much more than my real budget of $300.

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    The previous model was the L-508, does pretty much everything the 758 does, except maybe for that dynamic range profile thing.

    I have an L-488, which does reflected only, but both spot and averaging, including flash. Still cheap at 150$.

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    I have a 508, I bought it on Ebay as "erratic, not accurate", I fully planned to send it to QLM, as for $85, they would go through it and recal or repair,

    My repair person tested it, found it dead on, and so far, I have no problems with it. One of the better $40 investments I made.

    The 508 is the only meter that will fit all your requirements, they're out there used, and usually sell fairly reasonable, though mine was a fluke, I'm sure.

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    Alright, thank you!

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    Small point: the 508 (& I believe the 758) do reflective reading in spot mode only - they don't do general (40deg or so) reflective. Very nice meters (I have an L-508). They measure flash in all modes which is nice if you use flash a lot.

    Cheers, Bob.

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    Bah. I was hoping it had some kind of ambient setting, like the matrix meters oh so many cameras employ.

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    Well, it does incident reading, with the dome up for nearly 180 degree or down for substantially less (ideal for measuring lighting ratios)

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    I admit to being a Luddite - I've got a Gossen Luna-Pro F that I wouldn't trade even for one of the new and fancy digital meters.
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    "Beer is proof that God wants us to be happy."

    Benjamin Franklin

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    In the studio, I use my Luna Pro for continuous light, a Soligor Spot meter for spot readings, and my Ascor Mk. II for strobe, both analog (and bulky..), the 508 stays in the bag 99% of the time for field use, allowing me to carry one meter to cover all my metering needs. (and allows me to carry another lens or more filmholders, etc)

    erie

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    Quote Originally Posted by epatsellis View Post
    I bought it on Ebay as "erratic, not accurate",

    My repair person tested it, found it dead on, ...

    ... a fluke, I'm sure.
    My guess is the seller didn't know how to meter.

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