View Full Version : Off Topic- Light meter for SWC: Gossen Sixtomat Digital or Sekonic L-308s
I need a hand meter to use with my Hasselblad SWC.
Mostly used for travel and hand held architecture photography, i use it as a wide substitute of my m6+35cron.
Till today, i used to carry both cameras and use the m6 meter, but sometimes i want to carry my SWC alone...
Must have incident/reflected functions and be convinient to carry. Also, as i intend to use it indoors (cathedrals...), is the battery non-dependant Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III useless?
Thank's for your help!
carrying an m6 (maybe with a 50mm lens) together with the swc actually makes a lot of sense, because at times it pays to set your distance with precision. As far as the light meter is concerned, the important thing is that it works! I use Lunasix3 or Polaris, but it could be anything else really, as long as you can take the incident reading - a must have feature in my opinion. The lowest type of light in which I find myself to shoot has an EV of 3 or 4 , so check if your battery-less meter can handle that.
That's like asking if you should have a Timex or a Casio. These are electronic gadgets. Frankly, as long as a light meters works, the brand isn't very important. Use and forget.
The Sekonic L398A is the modern version, that employ the Amorphous Silicon cell: this cell replaced the selenium cell of my discontinued Sekonic L 398 M De Luxe. Both are great instruments but in low light conditions (as the interior of the old cathedral) would be not too reliable. In this case, i use a Gossen Starlite model (as option there is the very similar Sekonic L-558). If you don't request the spotmetering function, there are the Sekonic L 328 F or Minolta Autometer IV F. If you don't request the flash reading capability, you can choose, as used bargain, the very reliable Gossen Profisix.
If you want a little hand held meter, there are the Sekonic L-208 or the Gossen Digisix, but the build quality is less good than Starlite or Profisix and other mentioned meters.
In recent times, I've taken to spot meters for certain shots. Basically, any shots that involve the big camera and/or a tripod. The only sense this really makes is that I'm carrying a bunch of crap anyway, so I might as well carry the big meter.
I had a sekonic L-308BII, which was stolen about four months ago. Worked like a charm until it was stolen. Having only used the sekonic before I can only recommend it.
However personally I got tired of having to carry a hand heldheld meter. But, since it got stolen anyway I had no choice but to sell my M3 and buy a metered body. Oh well. hah.
I have the Gossen Sixtomat Digital and find it a fantastic meter. Light, easy to carry, easy to use and accurate.
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