Every time I demonstrate an incident light meter, my students have lots of questions about why would I bother with such an archaic device.
So what’s the deal about incident light meters? The guys over at Luminous Landscape have a very good explanation about how to use a incident light meter. They’ve focused their review of the very good but very expensive Sekonic L508 II Zoom Master Light Meter. (It can do spot, flash and incident light meter readings.)
I have the equally wonderful (although it doesn’t do spot metering but I have the camera for that) Sekonic L-358 (left) and the much older Studio Deluxe L-398A (right – which is poorly named as it’s not useful in a studio but is a fabulous incident light meter which doesn’t even use a battery!!) And I’ve got a Gossen Luna-Pro (below) which I’ve had to switch batteries as the originals aren’t made anymore.