I too am pondering this question
The two meters I have narrowed it down to are the Kenko 2100 and the Sekonic 758.
Both seem to be superb meters.
I ignored the Gossen because of the price premium.
Having read the specifications and the user manuals of the Kenko and Sekonic, the only real difference I can find between the two meters is the Kenko results seem to based around a nominated shutter speed and the display will give you the appropriate aperture (shutter priority mode?)
However, as Large Format user, I know what aperture I want to use (usually f/22 or there abouts) and adjust the shutter speed, so the Kenko output would require adjustment to show the displayed values I would choose.
However, with the Sekonic, you can choose between aperture or speed priority.
This might be important to you
Just my $0.02
and/or/with EV, additional to Tv or Av, in clear, easily read numerals.
Originally Posted by Martin Aislabie
The auto-backlight on the Sekonic's display is also very handy (on at <EV6), particularly in a contrasty rainforest environment.
Sekonic L358, Does all that you require.
What grain............................................. ...............
Oh sorry, I forgot you don't shoot Large Format
Large format Pat.
The Kenko can do readouts in EV if one wants - I have one and use it in spot mode all the time. It is a rebadged Minolta meter, which in someways makes it old technology as it is from the '90's but was designed when film ruled the roost & is none the worse for that. The newer Sekonic ones seem to be biased for "dig" or is that just marketing hype !!!! Was tempted with a Sekonic but couldn't justify the extra £150 for a similar model.
Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour
That said, I will admit that I would like a backlight display on the Kenko - I have a mini-maglite to illuminate the screen, but if I need to use this I also need it to see inside the camera bag so would have it with me anyway.
Agree that the best thing is to try them out in a shop first, I did and based my decision on that comparison.
"biased for dig"!?
That's just one very small application (and a mightily tedious one at that!). Besides, digital is dead, remember. Think positive.
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If you decide on the Kenko 2100 Martin Robert White is the cheapest place in the UK to buy it they are a huge £68 cheaper than my local pro dealer.
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He wants one with a spot meter.
Originally Posted by largeformat pat
I've been pining over the mac-daddy Sekonic 758 for a while. I just havent run into a situation where I absolutely, undeniably NEED that meter. It sure would make my life easier, and I think I will give in one day, but I just grab a spare 35mm with a spot meter function and base exposures from there. For flash and incident I have perpetually borrowed a minolta III from a friend.
[Perpetually Borrowed is not = to stealing, its the same guy I shoot weddings with and he has more meters than he knows what to do with, and condoned me using it]
But from all reports and my drooling over the fancy Sekonic, I'de go with the 758. It fits the billl.
All the best.
M. David Farrell, Jr.
~Buying a Nikon doesn not make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner!
~Everybody has a photographic memory, but not everybody has film!
I use the aforementioned Sekonic and it offers almost everything I could ever want (a built in colour meter would be nice ) including the option of EV readings, which I am in the process of trying out.
Data on Sekonic L758D below
Data on Kenko KFM-2100 below
Film Cameras currently used:
Large/Stort-format: Ebony 45SU (field camera), Medium/Medlem-format: Mamiya 7, Hasselblad 503CW
35mm/Små format: Nikon: F4, D800 (yes digital, I know)
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The zone system feature would be of interest to me, thanks for the hint. I will certainly consider the Gossen.
Originally Posted by noumin
Have you seen the light..?