Quote Originally Posted by David Allen View Post
... As flash meters were designed to suit the output characteristics of said studio flashes, that is why they gave inaccurate readings with hand-held flashes set to an automatic setting but correct readings when the hand-held meter was set to manual. ...
Maybe Im misunderstanding David's comments, but I never thought it had to do with any kind output characteristic compatability between stobe and meter. My experience with flashes is somewhat limtied but use one of these three options:

1. TTL flash metering (35mm) - let the camera meter work witin the range of the flash output to meter the flash light correctly.
2. Thyristor (on the flash unit) control - let the flash unit work within the range of the flash output to meter the flash light correctly.
3. Flash meter - use a flash meter to determine the appropriate aperture to set on the camera that will correctly expose film for the amount of flash light being used.

and there always is 4. Calculation of aperture using guide number and distance.

I can't even understand how one would use a flash meter in situations 1 and 2 where there is either kind of internal flash metering system being used.