[QUOTE="Bandicoot"]\nMost professional photographers are herd animals when it comes to equipment\nchoice, especially to 'ancilliaries', ie. just about anything other than the\nlens. We simply can't afford to take risks, and copying what works for\neveryone else is a good way of being pretty sure of reliability. Just about\nevery studio and architectural photographer I know uese Minolta, and just\nabout every landscape photographer uses either a Pentax spotmeter or a\nSekonic (I use Sekonic). However, my Sekonic works just as well in the\nstudio for me as it does for the landscape work that I do more of. My\n'first' back up meter is a Gossen, and that works equally well.[/QUOTE]\n\nWell written. I had a Gossen meter until I sat on it one day and cracked it\nbadly. I rented several different meters prior to going for the Sekonic L-358.\nIt has proved reliable. Other gear is a different matter, and a check of most\nrentals places reveals what professionals often choose for equipment. If gear\ncan survive rental use, then it is often a good choice to get in permanent\ngear.\n[QUOTE]\nI think it's hard to go wrong with either of the 'big two' in meters. Note\nhow many of the accessories are interchangeable between Minolta and Sekonic\nand you get a feel for how close they are... If I was buying again I would\nchoose between a Sekonic, a Minolta, or maybe a Gossen, on features and\nprice rather than on brand name. If I needed only a spotmeter, rather than\nalso wanting incident and flash, I'd get a Pentax.\n\nPeter[/QUOTE]\n\nThe Pentax spot meter is definitely one of the easiest to use of that type. I\ndon't know what happened to Gossen, they just seem a bit tougher to find around\nthe last few years.