Sekonic L358 or L558?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Tom (2), Sep 11, 2004.

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    Tom (2) Guest

    I'm leaning toward buying 2, X1600 White-Lightning strobes,
    triggering them with PocketWizards, and shooting with an F100. So I
    need a meter and it looks like the PocketWizard feature takes me to
    Sekonic L358 or L-558.

    What I need now is flash metering that either will do. But I don't
    want to not get the 558 if there are features I will either use or
    later learn to use. It looks like the 558 will do 1 percent spot
    metering which my F100 already has and I don't use much. It looks
    like the 558 will fire each strobe separately which looks like I would
    use. The 558 also meters at f2 at iso 100. I do use an 85mm F1.4 and
    the 105mm F2 DC. Am I to assume that the 558 would therefore be a
    better choice because of my fast lenses than the 358?

    Thanks for your time.
    Tom (2)
    Tom (2), Sep 11, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    1 degree. I doubt if it's 1 percent.

    The 358 goes down below F/2. From glancing at the specs for the 558 the
    F/2.0 they mention is for spot mode. Even then nothing stopping you from
    working around that. If you really want to use F/1.4 and the meter tells you
    F/2 1/250 then use F/1.4 1/500.

    I have the 358 and it's a nice meter but if buying today I'd likely spring
    the extra cash for the 558. It would save me buying a spot meter. If you're
    100% sure you'll never want a spot meter then the 358 I think does
    everything the 558 does. OTOH the difference in price won't get you a nice
    spotmeter later.

    Nick Zentena, Sep 11, 2004
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    Matt Clara Guest

    There is the spotmeter attachment for the L358
    Matt Clara, Sep 11, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    Not exactly cheap and the 1 degree isn't very sensitive. EV 5? Better then
    nothing but if a person intended to add the attachment to the 358 they'd be
    better off getting the 558 to begin with.

    Nick Zentena, Sep 11, 2004
  5. I don't understand, the L-358 has 1-degree, 5-degree and 10-degree
    attachments available. And you still have the Pocket Wizard
    Scott M. Knowles, Sep 11, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    The 1 degreee attachment is almost the price difference between the two
    meters. OTOH you get a meter that can only handle EV5 versus one that
    handles EV 1.

    Nick Zentena, Sep 11, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    With the spot metered Sekonic (558) you can "flash spot meter"
    with your studio strobes ... something you can't do with the spot
    meter in the camera. ... so the 558 would be the better choice.
    Alan Browne, Sep 11, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Attachments suck. More 'things' to track and get lost.
    Alan Browne, Sep 11, 2004
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    Jim Phelps Guest


    Ultimately the decision in yours. I have a 558, and it is the "Swiss Army
    Knife" of light meters, with the toothpick:~)

    I always look to what I may need in the future and right now, your scope
    for purchasing the light meter is focused on the need at hand. Well, if in
    a year you need to do some flash product photography of small items (say:
    Jewelry), you will need a spot flash meter to do it right. More cash
    outlay, more time waiting for the meter to arrive and more time to learn to
    use it. You've just added 4 days to this shooting. Even if you rented one,
    the only difference is waiting for it to arrive, so you drop the wait to 3

    Like I said, your decision, but I'd get the toothpick (and did).

    Jim Phelps, Sep 11, 2004
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    Tom (2) Guest

    Makes sense. Thanks for the perspective. The toothpick it is.
    Tom (2), Sep 14, 2004
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    Bandicoot Guest

    In which case I suppose the 608 is the SAK with a watch and a little torch
    built in too...

    Bandicoot, Sep 16, 2004
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    Nick Zentena Guest

    What does the 608 have that the 558 doesn't?

    Nick Zentena, Sep 16, 2004
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