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Would a dedicated light meter be a usefull accessory used with a modern dlsr camera? thanks in advance for any advice. regards , charlie...

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If you have to ask the question, No, you will not benefit by an external light meter...

Comment #1

Charlie93 wrote:.

Would a dedicated light meter be a usefull accessory used with amodern dlsr camera? thanks in advance for any advice. regards ,charlie..

When working with studio type flash lighting, a flash-meter *can* be of use... but is not essential..

Other than that... NO.. you don't need one at all....

.....which makes it bit like that apostrophe in your title line....

.... if you will forgive me teasing you on your first posting here! [Welcome, Cobber] Regards,Baz..

Comment #2

Charlie93 wrote:.

Would a dedicated light meter be a usefull accessory used with amodern dlsr camera?.

Yep. the lowly nikons (anything below the D200) won't meter when you use them with older manual lenses or with the lens babies, the zenitar... (from the D200 up it's no problem); any canon or pentax will do the job though....

Thanks in advance for any advice. regards ,.

Charlie..

Http://sternbild.zenfolio.com (gallery)http://schaffnerlos.blogspot.com (Vienna - image & text blog - in German)..

Comment #3

Depends what you photograph..

As Barrie says, useful I'd say needed for studdio flash photography..

For very careful shooting outdoors or in, they can be very useful, but for the most part, I left my meter at home for a decade and a half..

Now I'm photographing dogs, and I am planning on buying a new handheld incident light meter because it will make photographing white dogs and black dogs easier..

If you really want to study light, a handheld incident light meter is very useful because you can find out all kinds of things without having to pull iout a camera and look through it..

BAK..

Comment #4

Thanks Brian. I found your reply most helpfull. Best Wishes Charlie...

Comment #5

An external light meter would be usefull ONLY if it is an incident meter. you could therefore use it for any object that you cannot meter normally or separate from the background or surroundings. it also sovles the classic exposure problem of a white or black cat on a coal pile OR white or black cat on a snow field. the reason the just mentioned exposure problem are solved are that NO exposure compensation is necessary because the exposure is given directly. and any other similar headaches...

Comment #6

I know I need a meter, for a variety of reasons (old Nikon lenses that won't work with new DSLR) but don't know where to find them. it appears that the Pentaxes are no longer even made, is that right? Canon? what are the odds the old ones will work, or be able to be re-calibrated?.

Thanks..

Comment #7

Prairie_dad wrote:.

I know I need a meter, for a variety of reasons (old Nikon lensesthat won't work with new DSLR) but don't know where to find them. itappears that the Pentaxes are no longer even made, is that right?Canon? what are the odds the old ones will work, or be able to bere-calibrated?.

Thanks.

Gossen and Sekonic still make meters, available from B&H or probably any big photo store. The only old ones that might give you a problem are the ones that used mercury batteries like a Gossen Pilot or Lunasix since you can't get the right battery anymore..

I only use a meter for incident light or flash. This might be a hangover from film, since it's easy enough to take a test shot and look at the histogram..

Leonard Migliore..

Comment #8

Charlie93 wrote:.

Would a dedicated light meter be a usefull accessory used with amodern dlsr camera? thanks in advance for any advice. regards ,.

First, I'll assume you already understand the advantages of an incident light meter over the camera's reflective light meter (and of course how to use the incident light meter)..

Now, whether you get one really depends on whether your camera's ISO setting is SOS (standard output sensitivity) or REI (recommended exposure index). Basically, if your camera uses SOS, it may be useful. If your camera uses REI, then the light meter is not going to necessarily match the camera..

Please note that Canon uses REI for ISO. See links for details:http://www.openphotographyforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=3652http://doug.kerr.home.att.net/pumpkin/SOS_REI.pdfHope this helps...

Comment #9

I was just testing my E510 today and got exposures of f5.6 at 1/8 with an incident light meter, which agreed with the in-camera spot metering. The center weighted and matrix metering modes both came up with f5.0 at 1/8 as they were picking up more of the distant background (another more poorly illuminated room behind the small neutral green figurine I was shooting). All 4 pics came out fine, though the two f5.0 were a bit lighter and had better exposed background blur. So, while it is nice to be able to double check the accuracy of the camera's meter, I'd say you don't need an external incident meter, though one would be handy in that you wouldn't have to worry so much about how light or dark subjects/backgrounds could fool the reflected light meter in the camera (provided you are able to use an incident meter on what you are shooting... can't walk out in a stadium and take an incident reading off a ball player)..

Comment #10

Charlie93:.

Regardless of what system is incorporated by the camera, regarding ISO, it simply doesn't make sense to assume that Sekonic meter can not be compensated so that it matches whatever ISO system the camera in question produces. Theory is great, but Chuck Gardner, among many others, is a pragmatic sort. What works nicely shouldn't be ignored because of a hypothetical position. A bee shouldn't be able to fly, but, as I see the beast in action, it does!.

Check out:.

Http://forums.dpreview.com/...p?forum=1025&message=19549672&q+white+t.

Maury..

Comment #11

Charlie93:.

My first message was in response to Dave's message concerning the type of ISO standard used in different cameras. Reading over all of the posts, I think that there is "the rest of the story" to consider..

Do you really need a hand held meter? Check out:.

Http://super.nova.org/DPR/Equipment/SpotMeter.html.

Http://super.nova.org/DPR/Technique/BasicMetering.html.

From the information I referenced in my previous post, you may not be able to use a new meter out of the box and expect good results. You will have to compensate the meter so that it matches the ISO reading of the camera..

And unless you plan to do studio photography, the new meter might simply sit in your gadget bag for quite a while..

The author of the above articles, Chuck Gardner, offers many outstanding tutorials, many of which may be of particular use to you and to your journey with digital photography..

Keep in mind that for the cost of a flash meter, you could purchase other equipment such as: an L bracket, a tripod, several polarizing filters, another lens or an external flash unit..

So, there are several questions to ponder. Good luck and good shooting..

Maury..

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