</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (George @ Dec 8 2002, 04:37 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'></span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Jorge @ Dec 6 2002, 06:45 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>I dont know what is it about the L508, I have heard this underexposre complaint but mine does great. I think they had QC problems with this meter, as the work/does not work ratio seems to be 50/50......
Jorge, there was more into it than just a QC problem. My L508 went into repair for the constant underexposure (2/3 of a stop), came back with no change (all normal!. I asked Sekonic about it and was told that 2/3 is in the manufacturing tolerances - as if that were any consolation! Of course I used the second button to change the film sensitivity and get the right values but then I couldn't use it for filter corrections or another ASA film. The L508 had simply a construction defect which Sekonic tried to hide behind various answers until they came out with the 608. At least you can now calibrate it yourself!
Another wrong construction was the Luna Pro F (Gossen) which is leaking slight current even when switched off... After a month of no use the battery is flat - but there they acknowledged it instead of hiding it.</td></tr></table><span id='postcolor'>
George you are not alone, it is this exact complaint I heard many times. I kind of think it is half assed manufacturing when you put out meters that sometimes measure ok, and sometimes measure 2/3 under. As I said I got lucky and my meter is dead on with my gossen ultra spot, but I would not buy it again, or the 608....maybe they are following the lead of the sofware manufacturers, if it does not work the first time, just make a new version that does and charge more!
As to the buttons I am not sure what you mean, you mean the iso1 and iso2? you know that if you press both at the same time you can put a "factor" so that the meter under or over exposes always, right?
But we have gotten off topic, Brian, most meters will have some "quirck" and you will have to test them for your particular situation, I beleive the Zone VI is "corrected" for tri-x, but I suppose this is better than nothing. I would worry more about flare than "consistency" as you can always adjust the EI rating for your particular method. The Zone VI appears to be well protected against flare and not as expensive as the Sekonic or Gossen spot meters.