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    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

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martin Aislabie View Post
    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.

    [...]
    However, with the Sekonic, you can choose between aperture or speed priority.[...]
    and/or/with EV, additional to Tv or Av, in clear, easily read numerals.
    The auto-backlight on the Sekonic's display is also very handy (on at <EV6), particularly in a contrasty rainforest environment.
    .::Gary Rowan Higgins

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    Sekonic L358, Does all that you require.
    What grain............................................. ...............
    Oh sorry, I forgot you don't shoot Large Format
    Large format Pat.

    http://www.largeformatpat.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poisson Du Jour View Post
    and/or/with EV, additional to Tv or Av, in clear, easily read numerals.
    The auto-backlight on the Sekonic's display is also very handy (on at <EV6), particularly in a contrasty rainforest environment.
    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.
    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.
    Sim2.

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    "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.
    Last edited by benjiboy; 05-13-2010 at 06:47 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by largeformat pat View Post
    Sekonic L358, Does all that you require.
    He wants one with a spot meter.
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    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.
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    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
    http://www.robertwhite.co.uk/product...1139&PT_ID=179

    Data on Kenko KFM-2100 below
    http://www.robertwhite.co.uk/product...1886&PT_ID=439
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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by noumin
    The Kenko KFM 2100 does 1° spotmetering, ambient and flash.
    It has all the bells and whistles one can think of, but in turn
    you have to read the manual and use it a lot to get used to it.
    Once you know the buttons it´s a nice meter. Not really suited for
    the zone system.

    Gossen Starlite does 1°and 5° spotmetering, ambient and flash.
    Simpler to operate than the Kenko, but I found the lens prone
    to flare, measure the heap of coal in a snowfield and you will
    get stunning results (i.e. something like 2 stops between coal and snow),
    don´t know if the new Starlite 2 still has this problem. There´s a zone
    system mode. Expensive !

    Considering the costs, if this is possible for you, it would really
    be a good idea to have a look at them to find out which one your
    comfortable with.
    The zone system feature would be of interest to me, thanks for the hint. I will certainly consider the Gossen.
    Have you seen the light..?

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