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Alex Fuchs
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Well the Sekonic L398 Studio Deluxe...is on the best lightmeters around

It's great for beginners and professionals.

 

You can get it for around a 150 bucks new.

Check Ebay you might even find it for less.

If that's too expensive for you, consider finding a different profession.

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Hi,

 

I paid the equivalent of around US$100 for my 398.

 

It's cute in a rather 1970s, steam-powered sort of way, but it does make you understand about the relationship between footcandles, F-stops and exposure.

 

Phil

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I have a 398 as a backup (used to be my principle meter). I got it for $20.

 

I now use a Sekonic 508c. It was not too expensive, although it was far from $20 (about $450 - $500, I don't remember).

 

My gaffer has a 558c, he likes that a lot (as do I), it was like $600 I think.

 

Keep in mind these are both two in one meters (spot and incident). I am not that familiar with the various options, but spend the money, do it right once. That said, they all end up giving the same info, so get what you can afford.

 

There have been several posts on the subject, so search a little also.

 

 

Kevin Zanit

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Thank you all,

 

my first choice was the sekonic zoom master 608 C, but it cost about 700 bucks, so I mean cheap is all below 700 bucks :-). I check the sekonic 398 and I will have a look in other threads. Thank you guys.

Greetings Alex

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Search Ebay you can find the Sekonic 608Cine for around $400 bucks.

 

I think the 558Cine is around $500US--and that's just like the 608

And the 508Cine is around $400US--it's the model that came before the 608

 

Eitherways search around the internet I sure you can find the 608 for under $600.

 

 

Good Luck

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Buy a roll of Kodak film of the ASA you are shooting. It comes with a small piece of paper with exposure guidelines. A bright Sun, a half covered sun etc. That is the cheapest light meter I know of.

 

Bob

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Buy a roll of Kodak film of the ASA you are shooting. It comes with a small piece of paper with exposure guidelines.  A bright Sun, a half covered sun etc.  That is the cheapest light meter I know of.

 

Bob

 

Hi,

 

If your shooting outside its very accurate too!

 

Stephen

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