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    Looking for flash meter recommendations

    so I've gone through the postings and did see exactly what I was looking for. We picked up some inexpensive studio flashes and are going to learn how to use them for product and portraits.

    Hitting my favorite store I noticed there are at least 15 different flash meters from inexpensive to just under $1K, w/ the more expensive ones incorporate a spot meter and flash triggering.

    I keep coming back to the Kenko 1100 or 2100 but just dont know enough about the features on these guys. I use spot and incident meters but just have never used a flash meter.

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    erick

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    I've been using a Minolta Flashmeter III for ages. Anything more complicated probably has lots of features that aren't really necessary, like memory settings and such, and if you need those features you'll know it. Some current meters offer attractions like built-in Pocket Wizard triggers, so if you use a remote trigger system, you might look for a meter that's compatible.
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    I'm guessing that incident is more commonly used with flash meters than reflected.
    If you're measuring lighting ratios it just may be easier. Opinions may differ a bit.
    I've used Sekonic and Gossen, The Gossen was match needle and Sekonic digital display. Both worked but I sorta liked the Gossen better.(liked playing with the dial)
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    Sekonic L358.

    I'm to the point where I use it for nearly every shot, flash or normal.
    Mark Barendt, Beaverton, OR

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    I have a Sekonic 758DR. In flash mode, I measure using incident mode. Just walk up to the model (I do portrait a lot) and go BOOF! This thing can do A LOT but the most basic functions are handily and easily available with just a few button push.
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    Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
    Sekonic L358.

    I'm to the point where I use it for nearly every shot, flash or normal.
    If you've already got a spot meter, the Sekonic L-358 is tough to beat for features/value. The Kenko 1100 is a rebadged Minolta. I'm partial to Sekonic.

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    Get yourself a Minolta Flashmeter III or IV. Plentiful on eBay, rock solid units. Standard of the industry before Minolta went under.

    I paid $175 for the FlashMeter IV I have now. I think they were $500 new. Yes, incident reading is the way to go with flash metering.

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    +1 for the Minolta III

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreeger View Post
    Get yourself a Minolta Flashmeter III or IV. Plentiful on eBay, rock solid units. Standard of the industry before Minolta went under.
    Minolta did not get under as far as I know. They just sold their photographic division to Sony.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kreeger View Post
    Get yourself a Minolta Flashmeter III or IV. Plentiful on eBay, rock solid units. Standard of the industry before Minolta went under.

    I paid $175 for the FlashMeter IV I have now. I think they were $500 new. Yes, incident reading is the way to go with flash metering.
    Kenko meters are the same as the last Minolta models. Flashmeter III and IVs are getting elderly and newer, better Minolta and Sekonic meters are all over the place now.

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