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    Looking for a good light meter

    I shoot everything from 135 to 8x10, and It's time I upgraded to a nice light meter. I was wondering if you could recommend a meter based on the following criteria:

    I need a meter that can tank through really bad weather and a lot of abuse. I want something that has the capability to do both incident and reflective light metering. It also has to be able to be a flash meter (possibly studio lighting). Also, I'm trying to keep it somewhere in the range of $300 and under.

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    Although I never exposed it to weather I would recommend the Sekonic L358C for flash and studio work, outdoors as well. For the built like a tank and take it everywhere type, get an old Weston Master IV (or so). Should come with the invercone. Can't really flash/studio with it though.
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    I used to have a Weston master IV, but the glass broke and fell inside and cut some fine wiring.
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    I have been real happy with the JTL LM8.
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    Sekonic L-508 is weathersealed and mine has taken a lot of abuse since I got it 8 yrs ago. I regularly get it rained on. Used ones sell under your budget. Has incident and built in zoom-spot meter (zooms from 10 to 1 degree, I always keep mine at the 1 deg. setting).
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    Call me an idiot, but I love the Gossen Digiflash. It is overpriced, and will not win any ribbons in light meter contests, but it does what it needs to do, and is the most convenient to carry light meter I've used. It may not be built like a tank, but its size and cheap plastic case make it less likely to get damaged.
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    Have a look at this one http://www.photosolution.co.uk/sekon...l?currency=USD , I believe it meets with all your specifications, I have one and am very happy with it.
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    Looking at the spec's and as you sugested yourself: the L 358 seems to fit the bill.
    Sekonic has a good reputation.

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