Minolta VF vs.Sekonic 358-opinions?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by william morrissey, Jan 28, 2005.

  1. I'm contemplating purchasing a meter, but am more confused than ever by
    what I read. Let me say that I'm somewhat experienced amateur whose
    current interest is leaning towards family/portrait photography ( All
    the books say-GET A METER). I'm using primarily color negative film,
    processed at a Kodak lab. I've been using a SB-50DX flash with my Nikon
    FM3A, and have been pretty happy with the results(as long as I have
    decent indoor light, use ISO400, and set my shutter to a speed that
    would underexpose without the flash. With my old Rollei TLR, the most
    consistent results come from using a Sunpak flash to even out exposure,
    instead of relying on the built in meter.

    I'd like to be able to use slower, higher definition films and rely
    less on mother nature for light; being on a budget (who isn't?), I'd
    like to try both continuous light (with tungsten-halogen shop lights)
    and flash on a budget ( with inexpensive pocket slaves in addition to
    the main flash on camera)

    Finally my question for those with experience- which meter would you
    recommend, if any (should I be spending the money on a meter in the
    first place?)? I've read the comparo in PopPhoto which leans toward the
    Sekonic, but I don't have any Wizard slaves, and I'm concerned about
    the number of postings in various places that question the consistency/
    accuracy/calibration of the Sekonic. I like the idea of being able to
    measure the fill flash/ ambient ratio as a percentage, but if the
    readings are suspect...

    And again, since I'm shooting negatives (vs. slide) with it's built in
    latitude, should I even worry?
    william morrissey, Jan 28, 2005
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  2. william morrissey

    Alan Kerr Guest

    The Pros around here all seem to use Minolta

    Alan Kerr, Jan 28, 2005
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