JTL’s Multifunctional Meter; Ambient And Flash In One Page 2
For testing, a variety of measurements were taken with the LM-8. For comparison
measurements, frames were taken with a digital SLR set to center-weighted averaging
metering, with a 28-135mm IS zoom lens extended to roughly the same field of
view as the meter's viewfinder.
With the dragonfly photos, the JTL was used as a reflective meter. It measured the scene at 1/125 sec at f/8. Shooting manually, the camera indicated that that the lens should be opened up between 1/4 and 1/2 a stop. That was also the case with the flowers. A high-end professional flash meter was used to confirm the LM-8's flash readings. Roughly the same reading difference was encountered when metering flash exposures. The results were fine when capturing the images at the exposures that the meter recommended.
Even though there isn't a lot of it, documentation is quite good. All the settings and functions are fully explained. Someone who's just starting out with flash metering might need to acquaint themselves with some of the terms, but that wouldn't take long. Anybody who's had any experience with multifunctional meters would have no problem with the JTL. The LM-8 has a suggested retail price of $209.95, delivered.
For more information, contact JTL Corporation, 14747 Artesia Blvd., 3-E La Mirada, CA 90638; (714) 670-6626; www.jtlcorp.com.