There are meters out there (I have one) that use mercury batteries which are no longer available. The Wein zinc-air battery is a replacement, but according to the guys at the photo store, it only lasts about 3 months. And the alkaline replacements may or may not work well, because they are lower voltage than the mercury batteries. So I decided to upgrade the meter rather than buy batteries 4x a year.
Originally Posted by summicron1
So I switched to meters that uses easy to find batteries, and also had a flash meter capability.
Gossen Luna-Pro F - 9v rectangular battery (aka transistor radio battery for us old folks)
I also like the dial/needle combination, as it is easier to use than a digital meter. I can instantly see all the different f-stop+shutter speed combinations.
Minolta Autometer IV - AA battery
To the OP:
It would help to know if you need flash sync (a digital flash meter), and/or spot metering...your budget, too?
I would vote for the Gossen DigiPro F, it takes a single AA battery and unlike the Sekonic 308 can be set to aperture or shutter priority. The Sekonic can only be used as a shutter priority meter, so you can find yourself scrolling through the reading until you get to the aperture you want to use. As a reflectance meter you can also rotate the head of the Gossen to face the subject, on the Sekonic you have to turn the display away from you each time you take a reading. Small things, but they help if you need to work quickly.
suggest a reliable hand-held meter that uses modern batteries.
I just bought a Gossen Digipro F and would second the recomendation. It's quite a neat size, easy to use and takes one AA battery. It does everything except spot readings.
One thing I like about the sekonic studio delux is the lumisphere faces towards me instead of away from me.
Are you sure it only faces you? Mine swivels and can be pointed away. The proper use of an incident meter requires it be taken to the subject and pointed back at the camera, so it really doesn't matter if it does not swivel. You can hold the meter up into the approximate similar light as the subject to get a reading.
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Glad to know that a selenium based meter has supreme accuracy.
Originally Posted by summicron1
Luna Pro F is an SBC with flash capability (without attachment.)
Originally Posted by ac12
I have an SBC. As folks said, not small, quite a handful really, but a great meter.
I marveled a bit at the description of the battery as a "smoke detector battery" myself. To me it's a transistor radio battery forever, even if they haven't made the device that refers to in that form in decades.
The Lunapro SBC is around 25 years old,as big as many compact cameras and Gossen no longer service analogue meters due to the lack of spare parts.
Originally Posted by Roger Thoms
A modern Gossen lightmeter that suite the O.P's requirements is the Gossen Digipro F
http://www.gossen-photo.de/english/foto_p_digipro.php, and it runs on a single AA battery. I own both these meters I've retired the Lunapro I prefer the digital one.
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Who cares if they service them? For the price they sell for used, just buy another if it quits working.
I'm sure the Digipro F is nice, but it's also $289 from B&H, probably more most other places. I paid $63 on eBay for my SBC complete with 15/7 degree angle attachment.
That's not a reason not to prefer the digital if you want to spend the money of course. It just depends on what you value and what it's worth to you.
The O.P didn't mention price only specification, so I assumed it wasn't the criteria.
Originally Posted by Roger Cole