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    Spot meter?

    Could you guys recommend a good landscape spotmeter that doesn't cost an eyeball?

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    *I have a Sekonic spot meter, and I really love it. It is not cheap, yet you don't have to sell your kidney to buy it, a couple hundred is a reasonable price and it is worth every penny.
    Last edited by vyshemirsky; 11-16-2011 at 04:36 AM. Click to view previous post history. Reason: Spelled "sekonic" incorrectly

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    The Sekonic 508 is a good all-in-one meter that's now fairly affordable. They sold well so there are quite a few on the used market relative to later and pricier models like the 558, 608, and 758. Check the reviews to see if it suits your needs.

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    For landscapes, I have/use/covet a later model Pentax V, analog, true One Degree, spot meter.
    The later models use readily available modern alkaline/silver-oxide button cell batteries.
    Used, it was $100.USD, near mint w/case.

    One of the advantages using this meter for landscapes (my opinion),
    is that the lens is threaded to accept screw on filters.
    I don't have the meter in front of me, but IIRC the filter size is the same as some my C-series,
    Mamiya TLR lenses; 46 or 49mm.
    Screw your choice of filter/filter stack, and even a polarizer on the meter;
    take your reading, then transfer the whole stack over to your camera.

    I use a couple of step-up rings, and also mount filters for use on my 77mm RZ lenses.
    To save money, most of my filters are 77mm.
    I just use cheap step-up rings and inexpensive rubber hoods to fit all my other lenses up to that 77mm size.
    My LF lenses cover about 3-4 different filter sizes between 46mm to 72 mm.
    All used with step-up rings to 77mm, w/77mm filters and hoods.

    I say frugal, others call me cheap. So be it.

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    I'll second looking on the used market. I picked up a Pentax digital spot meter for just over $200 not too long ago. They are the industry standard for filmmaking and the favorite of many Zone System users. Zone Dials are available at DarkroomMagic.com.

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    Doremus Scudder
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    you have been most helpful guys, thanks, will look into these options.

    Marc, are you saying you are actually using a RZ for landscape? Like, hiking with the kit?

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    darkroom magic seems to be expired (no pun intended )

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    Quote Originally Posted by kminov View Post
    darkroom magic seems to be expired (no pun intended )
    As of 4:15pm GMT I was able to access it OK

    pentaxuser

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    this one?

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