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    Can anyone recommend me a light meter?

    So I have been doing some push shooting lately (1600 on XP2 Super) as well as long exposures with my Mamiya RZ67. The problem is that the Dejur Dual Professional meter I have been using only goes up to 800 and does not have very clear low light readings.

    Therefore I decided it might be time to look into a nice electronic light meter (possibly Sekonic). Can anyone recommend me a meter that is in the $250 range? I really do not want to spend more than that on a meter

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    Used Sekonics to look at are the 358 and smaller, less expensive 308. Either are within your price range. Both are tough, reliable and accurate.

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    Sekonic L-308.... S, maybe? I think the versions are B, S, and D? Anyway, I have a 308B, earlier version, and it is my daily meter. Goes in a jacket pocket, always ready to be pulled out to check. I use it on incident all the time. Large simple readout. I set a shutter speed based on my basic shooting conditions and do the math if I need to make a change. Meaning that, for example, if it tells me that at 1/125 I should be shooting at 2.0, and I want to shoot at f5.6, I use 1/15. Simple enough... well, it works for me, a simple readout of a shutter speed and an aperture. Some people might prefer dials and such.

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    Do you want spot or incident or both? I wanted both 1 degree spot and incident and ended up purchasing a Sekonic L-508. They don't make them anymore, but you can pick one up used on ebay.
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    There is nothing that beats an old Luna Pro for low light metering. Decent ones, plus the battery converter, will be well within your price range. Reflected plus incident reading.

    If the calculator doesn't go high enough figuring out a 1-stop or 2-stop adjustment is easy enough to do in one's head.

    But haven't we dealt with this question before or am I having dejavu all over again????

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    The Olde Luna Pro is the way to go !
    I eBayed a Luna Pro, and Spot Attachment for less than $30.00.
    I use the Radio Shack Zinc Air batteries, no adapters necessary.
    I keep trying to find an excuse to upgrade to a more expensive meter ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.A.Longmore View Post
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    I keep trying to find an excuse to upgrade to a more expensive meter ...
    A few years ago I "upgraded" to a more expensive "does everything" meter (Sekonic L-558) and only get value from that upgrade when doing flash or 1-degree spot metering. I probably could have done just as well continuing to use the Gossen 7/15 deg spot attachment and cheap flash meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.A.Longmore View Post
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    The Olde Luna Pro is the way to go !
    I eBayed a Luna Pro, and Spot Attachment for less than $30.00.
    I use the Radio Shack Zinc Air batteries, no adapters necessary.
    I keep trying to find an excuse to upgrade to a more expensive meter ...

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    Good luck with that. I've been looking for the same excuse since the last millenium....

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    I have a Sekonic L-308S and I would definitely recommend it if you don't need spot metering. It does incident and reflected metering, as well as flash. Relatively small and light and fairly robust, even though it feels plasticky. The meter takes readily available batteries which last for ages. It's cheap, too.
    And the sign said, "long haired freaky people need not apply"

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    Gossen Digi-Pro F: Incident or reflectance. Flash if ever needed. AA battery.
    Put that in a Lowe FS10 belt pouch.

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