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    Um... I didn't know my minolta iv had any priority. It just shows EV or a combo of shutter and f stop... pick one change the other... or do the math in your head.

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    Well in EV display mode it has no priority just like any other meters in EV display mode. But when in f/stop and shutter speed display mode you set the shutter speed and it displays the aperture. With the Sekonic you can do either. If you can do good mental calculations then all you need is the EV value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiltw View Post
    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.
    Yes, it was me stating my preference for aperture priority. And it's easy to adjust the values like you have mentioned or even change the iso. But when I'm feeling lazy it's a nice to have feature.

    I think it would be less of a bother if 308 had a wheel instead of buttons like 358/758. Since it's much faster to adjust the values with it instead of hitting the up/down buttons repeatedly.

    It is a great little meter and I use it a lot when I pack light, but it's just one of my pet peeves with it. Otherwise it would be a perfect meter for incident and reflective metering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiltw View Post
    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.
    I am perfectly aware of this, but at the risk of stating the obvious apertures are infinitely variable shutter speeds are not.
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    I never realized my Minolta IIIf was shutter priority. Live and learn. But that's a good point. I usually am more concerned with setting my aperture at a particular setting. I suppose it would be better for me if the unit allowed aperture as priority. But I'd still have to mentally calculate and adjust the settings since the readings will then usually fall between shutter speed click points anyway. My Mamiya click at half stops for aperture. So I'm not sure it's a big deal. I've been using my IIIf with both incident and reflective using the 10 degree spot attachment The spot seem to be OK for landscape work. It measures pretty much as my digital camera on m43 when its ojh center readings. I usually bracket too. I've tested the flash readings. But I don;t shoot with a flash so I can't say how good it is. The rest of the meter is pretty good although after 20+ years the electronic finally failed a month ago and I replace the unit. Paid $89 for a used one on ebay. (I kept the spot as that's fine).

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    If you are planning this as a long-term meter (more than ten years for example), then it might be wise to find something which is a current model in order that re-calibration and spares will be available for a longer time. I've used my LunaSix-3 since about 1983 (when I bought it secondhand) and the last time it was serviced was about three or four(?) years ago - the following year it fell out of support with Gossen so any future needs will have to be met by third-party servicing or replacement with a current model. I think servicing and calibration of a Minolta meter may prove less simple than for a current Sekonic (although the 308 is relatively low-cost and it may be cheaper to replace than maintain it).

    I also have a Sekonic L308S which I picked up new when I needed a flashmeter. It has no serious downsides that I can see (for my limited purposes) and it is conveniently smaller and lighter than the LunaSix-3. In reflected/incident use, my preference is usually for the LunaSix simply because I prefer the needle to digits and I occasionally use the Gossen spot-attachment for it too.

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    I suggest to get a Gossen Lunastar F, which is a great incident and flash meter.Gossen slso sells a spotmetr attachment for it, butit never worke3d for me. when finances allowget a Pentax digital spot meter later. the all -in -one solutions are a compromise I'm not willing to make. dedicated meters are better at at what they are designed for in my opinion.
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    Thanks once again for your replies, all advice considered!

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    Sekonic L-608 Super Zoom Master Meter

    because it has a wand option for tabletop, as well as all the other cool features.
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    I agree.Get a good incident meter with flash capability and add a spotmeter later.incident is quick and accuratefor most shooting conditions.spot is best for Zone System shooters.stay away from spot attachments. they are a bad compromise.if spot then dedicated spot!
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