Hi Jeffrey, I would second Ryuji's recommendation for a Sekonic meter, for the additional reason that certain models (e.g., the L-358) will accept a little module that fires the PocketWizard radio remote triggering system. I'm no expert in flash or studio photography in general, but I saw this setup demo'd at Focus on Imaging this year and it was obviously very convenient indeed. You just step up to the model with the meter in hand and hit the button to fire the flashes and get your reading. No trailing wires or external accessories for the meter, and you can fire individual strobes (or groups) in order to check how many stops of light you're getting from each of them, all under the control of the master unit on the camera. I guess it's fair to say that the system 'only' gains you extra convenience and productivity -- it's not as if it opens up any new creative possibilities -- but if you get the right Sekonic meter and decide you want to use PocketWizards at a later stage, at least you'll get full integration without having to replace your meter. Just a thought, really. While I'm posting, I thought I should introduce myself briefly as this is the first time I've "broken cover" as it were. I'm a keen amateur shooter, based in London, UK, and still working exclusively with film at the moment, mostly 35mm, and in both colour and B&W. My main interests are in informal portraiture and fairly traditional reportage. A meagre selection of my efforts are here: http://www.photo.net/photodb/folder?folder_id=389618 (really must get around to updating that!) Anyway, belated thanks to all the regular contributors for all the valuable information I've gleaned from the group since I've been watching it since August, and I look forward to hanging out here for a good long while, it seems like a great place. Best regards, -= mike =- -----Original Message----- From: pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:pure-silver-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Jeffrey Krenzel Sent: 05 October 2004 05:39 To: pure-silver@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [pure-silver] need advice for purchase of flash meter Hello everyone. I need advice regarding the purchase of a flash meter. For twenty-some years I have used only available light. Because of a portraiture project I have in mind I have begun to learn to use studio lighting (in both a class and while assisting an architectural photographer). Although I am starting off with hot lights -- so that I can see what I am doing -- I am progressing to strobes. So I would appreciate some recommendations regarding a flash meter. I will be using B&W film and a Hasselblad. I have used a pentax spot meter and a gossen luna-pro for outdoor shots and sunny 16 for landscapes. I generally prefer low-tech, intuitively obvious gear when at all possible as I am not all that great at reading manuals. TIA for your learned counsel. ============================================================================== This message is for the sole use of the intended recipient. If you received this message in error please delete it and notify us. If this message was misdirected, CSFB does not waive any confidentiality or privilege. CSFB retains and monitors electronic communications sent through its network. Instructions transmitted over this system are not binding on CSFB until they are confirmed by us. Message transmission is not guaranteed to be secure. ============================================================================== ============================================================================================================= To unsubscribe from this list, go to www.freelists.org and logon to your account (the same e-mail address and password you set-up when you subscribed,) and unsubscribe from there.