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    polyglot: I spoke with them today and they're happy to replace it. Already have another one on the way. Should be the end of the story (cross fingers).

    CGW: The 558 is a little more than I want to pay at the moment. I've got a Minolta Flash Meter III that works just fine, except a slider has come off and changing between ambient and flash requires a sharp object! But it hasn't given me problems. Was hoping the "upgrade" would be just as good. Hopefully I find a dry one. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rippo View Post
    polyglot: I spoke with them today and they're happy to replace it. Already have another one on the way. Should be the end of the story (cross fingers).

    CGW: The 558 is a little more than I want to pay at the moment. I've got a Minolta Flash Meter III that works just fine, except a slider has come off and changing between ambient and flash requires a sharp object! But it hasn't given me problems. Was hoping the "upgrade" would be just as good. Hopefully I find a dry one. Thanks.
    Minolta cranked out piles of IVs, so many that I think there was a problem with sample variation(poor QC?)--some good, some not. The older models--the Flashmeter III and IV--may have been better.

    I confess to being a Sekonic fan. Have never had any problems with them--ever, even on "experienced" used meters. If $ is tight, the 328 is usually affordable. The 308 is newer and a gem--flash(cord+cordless),incident, and reflected in a pocket-size meter. If you want all this and spot metering, the 508 is a bit more but not outrageously priced used now.

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    I am a fan of Minolta meters but I must say I do have some problems with them. I got hooked on meter when I bought the flashmeter II. It's fine but I trade it in a couple of years later to get the flashmeter III. it too worked great no problem. I got the spotmeter m for spot and it's fine too. But I sold both of them when I got out of photography in late 80's.
    I got a $2 garage sale spotmeter m and the display in the viewfinder doesn't work but otherwise is fine. I bought a flashmeter III on ebay and it's ok but sometimes it would give a low reading. Something has to do with how the trigger button is pushed. I got a brand new flashmeter VI and it's ok but I feel I have to push the on button a little long to have it turn on. quick push it doesn't turn on.

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    Thanks, all! My replacement meter will arrive by the end of the week. They've promised to give the 'new' one a re-check, to make sure it's functioning properly before it goes out.

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