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Gossen Luna Pro and a Sekonic for flash. The advantage in flash is that one gets to the correct f/stop instantly.
After a long time we find we will automatically make exposure adjustments based on our experience.
To be honest, with the ability to see/check every photo after each shot, I believe we don't even need exposure meters in cameras any more :-) . In landcapes, I use my meter less and less every day.
D800 has 91k metering. That's 91k light meters. ... I think it's unlikely a standalone meter is going to beat that in accuracy.
That is what I do actually - get exposure right within 1/3 stops but I do it manually . Most of the time, you are wrong only in one direction
Hi Gab, there are many instances that you don't want the camera to "react instantly" to exposure changes. E.g., the situations I described above. Often I prefer to take full exposure control rather than having the camera making decisions for me.Even when I use speed lights, sometimes I use them in TTL while other times in fully manual mode. Sometimes knowing when to use which automation is half the battle.
Want even a faster way to rip off some shots at various exposure settings? Use auto bracketing of exposure. See page 132 of the D800 user's manual. I have never done this so I cannot speak from experience but as I understand it you can set the camera to bracket exposure up and down whatever exposure compensation value you want from the camera's suggested "correct" exposure and then press the shutter and rip of 3 or up to 9 shots at once. Then you can select the best on at home in front of your computer. How can you miss the correct exposure with an approach like that and it is so fast!