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    I like my Sekonic l308, especially it's small size. It's pretty good for quick reflected reading. The only downside for me is that it's shutter priority and I like to shoot in aperture priority, which it lacks. But since you shoot street, you actually might prefer Tv. Just for that reason I would go for L358 if you only want one meter, but it is a bit bigger.

    Since L358 is discontinued, you can pick it up for the price of L308 from ebay.

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    Iv'e used the Minolta IV for years... you can expand it if needed with spot etc. But the standard little dome is my trusty friend. Learn how to make the meter "see" the light you are "seeing".

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    A spot meter won't necessarily give you more accuracy, and if if you're not careful about where you point that 1 degree spot, it won't be accurate at all. For street work, I'd recommend something that's fairly compact and quick to use, with incident readings.

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    Minolta digital meters are shutter speed priority, so not what the O.P wants, the Sekonic replacement for the L358 is the Sekonic Litemaster Pro 758D http://www.sekonic.com/products/l-478d/overview.aspx
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
    Minolta digital meters are shutter speed priority, so not what the O.P wants
    I just went back and re-read the OP five times, to confirm that the OP never mentioned a preference of aperture priority!

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    Quote Originally Posted by francis90 View Post
    On that basis rather than opting for the Minolta IVF, since I was interested particularly in the spot attachment, the Sekonic L-308 would be a better option as, whilst it does not have spot readings, it does have incident and flash capabilities.
    Not sure on what criteria the conclusion comes that the lower end L308 is a 'better choice' than the Autometer IVf...they BOTH do incident and flashmeter readings; both can do incident or reflected readings (and the spot capability of the Autometer is an extra cost optional attachment)

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    I'd say go with the Gossen Starlite or Starlite 2. Awesome meters, with spot, flash, ambient, and even zone modes. Pricey, but can be had reasonable if you're buying used. I love mine and swear by it.

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    I have never cared for regular reflective meters unless they are in camera and use matrix metering. I use a Pentax digital spot meter with my Hasselblad, large format cameras and 35mm Stereo Realist. If I were to do street photography I would use my Minolta Flashmeter 4 because it has an incident meter.

    It's nice to have a spot meter and an incident meter or a meter that does both like some of the Sekonics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiltw View Post
    I just went back and re-read the OP five times, to confirm that the OP never mentioned a preference of aperture priority!
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    The only downside for me is that it's shutter priority and I like to shoot in aperture priority, which it lacks
    This infers to me that the reason he wants to upgrade to the Sekonic L358 is that the 358 has the ability to meter in either the shutter or aperture priority mode, which since I own one I can confirm it does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by benjiboy View Post
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    This infers to me that the reason he wants to upgrade to the Sekonic L358 is that the 358 has the ability to meter in either the shutter or aperture priority mode, which since I own one I can confirm it does.

    But, Benji, francis90 wrote the OP with no mention of aperture vs. shutter priority preference, and nuff is the one of wrote about his own preference for aperture priority


    Neverthelss, for the benefit of francis90, I want to explain that with meters that have shutter priority, simply take a reading and if it gives you an f/stop that you are not in favor of, simply click the up or down buttons on the shutter speed selection until you see the f/number you like to use. There is no need to retake the reading again after shutter speed reselection.
    So while I like to shoot at a certain aperture, it is no difficulty for me to use a meter with shutter priority.

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