Could you guys recommend a good landscape spotmeter that doesn't cost an eyeball?
I'm happy with my "Capital SP2", I think it's a rebranded Soligor.
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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.
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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.
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.
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?
darkroom magic seems to be expired (no pun intended )
As of 4:15pm GMT I was able to access it OK
Originally Posted by kminov