Questions tagged [light-meter]

Questions about external (handheld) incident/flash light meters.

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Does DSLR (no metering/live preview) + Light Meter recreate the same level of difficulty as working with film?

I'm going to be working with film later this year, for the first time, and would like to prepare beforehand to shoot with it. My question is if I use a Sekonic light meter and a DSLR with only the ...
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When to use standalone lightmeter when your camera already has it? [duplicate]

I'm using Nikon FM2, it already has it's own internal light-meter. I'm wondering if it's good enough. When to use standalone lightmeter (like Sekonic) when your camera already has it?
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Canon 200d/SL2 real time metering

The light meter only updates after pressing the shutter button half way. Is it possible to show it before the shutter is half way pressed.
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Light meter battery compartment won't open. Is there a way to fix this?

I recently found a Gossen Variosix Electronic light meter (also known as the Gossen Polysix) at a thrift store. Unfortunately, the battery compartment won't open. I turn the thing on the bottom but ...
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Canon FT QL Light Meter problem

I recently got my hands on a Canon FT QL and I think the light meter might be broken, but I'm not 100% sure if that's the case and, if it is, exactly what is wrong with it. Behaviour: so, when I don'...
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DSLR vs SLR Light Meter [duplicate]

I was wondering if the light meter in my Nikon D5200 will be similar with my Ricoh XR500? I took a picture in my D5200 using the light meter on my slr film(ricoh xr500) but it was underexposed by 1 or ...
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How to test if a light meter is working well?

I will buy a used Sekonic l-358 and I want to know what should I test to check that it's working fine. And how to check that? I heard about the grey card and the camera meter reading but I don't know ...
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Does crop factor affect light meter readings?

I was reading about crop factors that for example a Polaroid land camera on f/3.2 lens is something around f/1.4 equivalent in 35mm film including the crop factor. ( Until now I was under impression ...
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Am I wrong to judge my exposure using my smartphone?

Context: I recently purchased an Olympus OM-1 film camera. Upon receiving the camera, I realized the battery for the light meter was dead. I'm a (very) amateur photographer so, naturally, this is a ...
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Why is distance absent from the exposure triangle?

With exposure calculations, there are aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. Correspondingly, flash and light meters gives you the aperture (as an f-number) and shutter speed for a given ISO. However, ...
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Calculating snow exposure with a spot meter

I've been using a Sekonic light meter in spot mode for over a year now with the zone system, and I have consistent issues with snow. Despite putting the snow on zone 8, that area of the negative ends ...
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What to look for in used spot meter

I'm shopping for a used 1 degree spot meter for film photography. There seem to be a lot available with a tremendous price range. Does anyone have suggestions for how to pick one? How much trouble ...
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Is a light meter the same as an exposure meter?

I want to read the ambient light falling on the subject. What do I need: a light meter or an exposure meter? Or are they the same thing?
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What does the subscript number on the Sekonic L-478D display mean?

This is my first spot meter so please forgive my ignorance. What is the sub-scripted number value next to the F-Stop value (below, and to the right)? I've read through the manual over and over, and ...
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How can I translate 1/10th stops from my Sekonic 758Dr light meter reading to camera settings?

Hello I use 758Dr ( newly purchased ). I am stuck with the reading jargon. The aperture is shown always with a fraction and another number. It is stops and the extra number. Light meter is on 1/10 or ...
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Stacking Cactus + PocketWizard?

I'm interested in picking up a Sekonic L-758, and while PocketWizard triggering sounds interesting, I don't want to have to buy the light meter AND two PocketWizards to try it out. It occurred to me ...
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Mamiya RB67 Pro (Original not pro s or sd) DSLR light metering

So I just bought a Mamiya RB67 Pro (not Pro S or SD) and I have heard you can meter with a DSLR. I have a Nikon D7100 and I thought, "Why buy an expensive light meter when I can just use my DSLR?" I ...
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Metering without a incident light meter

Consider the metering method I used below: I meter all color negative film the same. I use a very simple analog incident light meter (Sekonic L-398 A), nothing fancy or expensive. I rate my ...
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Isn't the exposure meter scale shorter than the permissible range of EC?

I have a Nikon D5300. Yesterday, when I was fiddling with the camera, I noticed that the permissible range of exposure compensation is [-5.0,+5.0] while the exposure/light meter is calibrated from [-2....
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Is using a light meter along with TTL flash meaningless?

I have a Sekonic light meter (478 DR I think) and I use my off-camera flashes in TTL mode. So I was wondering if using a light meter even makes sense in this case?
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Changing the Flash Ratio as an input variable in Sekonic light meters

I just got a Sekonic light meter ( 478 DR ) and also have some flashes and PocketWizard radio triggers. The radio triggers are not TTL based. When I fire the flash with the Sekonic light meter, it ...
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How can using an incident light meter improve my outdoor portraits?

Never used one, but from the theories around it that I read on the internet, I was wondering whether a light meter that can measure incident light is useful for outdoor shots? Or is this tool mostly ...
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How can I set up an off camera flash using the reading from the light meter?

I want to be able to blend ambient light with fill in flash, using off camera flash in manual mode. I don't understand how to translate the information from the light meter into settings to input into ...
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How to verify\calibrate a light meter?

Just as the title says, how do I accurately calibrate\determine the accuracy of a light meter. I have a Weston Master II and I know I can set the zero point from the back, but how will I know that ...
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How do I read the shutter speed from my light meter?

I'm very new to photography. I am doing objects in studio light conditions. I have an Olympus OM-D E-M1. I was given a Sekonic 478DR light meter. Trying to play around with it, and I can't figure ...
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How can a Gossen Sixtomat light meter work without electricity?

I owned an old Gossen Sixtomat and I am wondering if there is a battery cell or not in this device. If there is no battery I am wondering how this could work without energy. I know some materials ...
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Why would you have a light meter chose your aperture for you?

The title of my question may seem misleading; I don't intend to ask how a proper exposure is calculated. I know the exposure triangle of ISO, aperture and shutter speed. But in several articles I'...
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Why do I meter under the chin with a lightmeter?

Every single tutorial or video has advised to meter for a portrait right under the chin. First of all why? If the face is the most important part, wouldn't you meter right at the face? Secondly, I ...
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Lightmeter not changing values after adjusted flash power?

This is my first time learning to use a light meter. Measuring ambient seems to be working and straight forward. However measuring the flash seems to be broken. I have it set to wait for a flash. ...
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How to select a light meter?

I'm looking for a light meter to use with an old film camera that doesn't have a working meter, and the bevy of options with prices all over the place is a bit overwhelming. I'm trying to narrow down ...
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What is the device held near the subject's face in this picture?

I have seen this device that is used widely in filmmaking. What is this device and what is it used for?
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How do dedicated light meters account for light transmittance?

Dedicated light meters seem to be well-regarded for their versatility and accuracy of metering. What puzzles me about them is how can they account for the different light transmittance of different ...
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Do I need a $600 light meter or will a $250 one do?

I want to learn more about light and I think finally getting a light meter will help do the trick. I'd like to see the amount of light coming from different light bulbs and the differences in the sun ...
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What is a light meter, how do I use one, and for what sort of digital photography do I need one?

What is a light meter? How do I use one? What sort of photography will fool a digital camera's meter? Hence for those you do need to meter.
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Why use a dedicated light meter instead of the one built into the camera?

I know a few people who carry around a dedicated light meter unit (such as this one by Sekonic) and use that to meter photos instead of using the meter built into their cameras (and these are ...