Quote Originally Posted by gnashings
I also find that you can always use a reflective meter (excpet I suppose if you want to measure actual flash), but 3/4 of what I shoot can't be approached closely enough to use an incident meter. Is it just me, or has anyone else found this to be true?

Peter.
You don't necessarily have to get close to your subject in order to meter, you just need to have the same amount/quality of light falling where you are metering from.