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Shepherd/Polaris Polaris - Digital Reflected, Incident and Flash Light Meter

B&H # SHP Mfr # SPD100
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The Polaris Digital Exposure Meter is a compact flash and ambient light meter that has many features of the more expensive flash meters. A unique multi-flash feature makes it simple to calculate how many times the flash must be fired to achieve a desired f-stop. The Polaris's large LCD display shows both the shutter speed and f-stop in 1/10 stop increments.

Compact flash and ambient light meter
Moderately priced
Measures multi-flash readings
Reads f/stops in 1/10 increments
Measuring System Incident or Reflective
Measuring Modes Ambient and flash (cord, cordless) - incident and reflected (35 degrees)
Receptor Head Non-rotating, non-interchangeable
Aperture/Shutter Priority Shutter speed priority
Display Readout Digital LCD
ISO Range 3 to 8000 in 1/3 increments
f/Stop Display Range f/0.5 to 90
Shutter Speed - Ambient 1/8000 to 60 sec.
Shutter Speed - Flash 1/500 to 1 sec.
EV Range (ISO-100) EV -4 to 26, Ambient: 1-19.9; Flash f/2-90.9
Cine Speeds None
Exposure Memory No
Shadow/Highlight Calculation No
Brightness Difference No
Flash to Ambient Ratio No
Multiple Flash Scale for calculating 2-9 flashes
Exp. Compensation Adjustable +0.9EV - -0.9 (in 1/10 stop increments)
Power Source 1 "AA" battery (not included)
Dimensions 2.5 x 0.8 x 4.7" (63 x 20 x 118mm) WDH
Weight 3.3 oz (94 g)
Shepherd/Polaris Polaris - Digital Reflected, Incident and Flash Light Meter
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  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Shepherd/PolarisPolaris Digital Meter
     
    4.5

    (based on 98 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (55)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    99%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (79)
    • Accurate (63)
    • Compact (56)
    • Consistent (48)
    • Strong construction (22)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (72)
      • Portraits (63)
      • Artwork (9)
      • Photojournalism (5)
      • Film (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (31), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (62)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Price belies it's usefulness.

      Buying this light meter has resurrected my old Nikon AI-S lenses for use with the Nikon D-90 which does not offer metering capability with these non-CPU mechanical lenses. I use the meter mainly...Read complete review

      Buying this light meter has resurrected my old Nikon AI-S lenses for use with the Nikon D-90 which does not offer metering capability with these non-CPU mechanical lenses. I use the meter mainly for ambient light photography and the meter is very accurate and easy to use from the outset. Using 2AA battery also helps because of its availability and low cost.
      I was initially looking at the more expensive meters like the Sekonic and Gossen, but the good reviews guided me towards the Polaris. So far I have nothing negative to say about this product, and I will recommend this in a heartbeat. For the price it can't be beat. It's also made in Japan.

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      So far so good....

      So far I have been happy with the purchase of this light meter. I have just jumped into the portrait world and after spending way too much money on a light set up (that...Read complete review

      So far I have been happy with the purchase of this light meter. I have just jumped into the portrait world and after spending way too much money on a light set up (that I love), I purchased this meter. It's been easy to use and fairly strait forward. It doesn't have a remote trigger, you have to wire-sync with or have it wait for a flash to get the reading. I use the wait for flash function and it works. This is basically me pushing the trigger on the meter, then taking a test picture using the camera to trip the flash units. It was fairly inexpensive compared to the other units and I think this is mostly due to the lack of a remote trigger. I only gave it 3 stars because the build quality seems a little flimsy. It's vary light and mostly plastic and a little bulky. I'm not a big fan of sliding the dome to use the reflective metering, but I don't plan on using it much for these measurements so I'm okay with it. Overall, I'm happy with what I got for the price!

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      5.0

      Great First Meter

      By Robb from Chitown in Omaha

      from Omaha, NE

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Consistent
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

        Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

        I purchased this meter for a lighting class that I am taking at a local community college and love it. The unit is rather simple to use and is helping me to take interesting shots for this class. It has been very simple to quickly understand its operation and is working well with a double "a" battery. I have only used my camera previously for metering for light and this is definitely a step up in capturing images.

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        • No

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        5.0

        simple and sweet

        By GeauxAwf Photo

        from NYC

        Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

        Works as it should and great on the pockets!

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        5.0

        Great product - great price

        By Tinogrigoriou

        from Media, Pa

        Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

        The Polaris digital meter wasn't only priced pretty well, but it has been pretty darn easy to use and seems quite accurate. I think it's a great product and would definitely recommend it.

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        5.0

        Great product Great price

        By Billphotog

        from NJ

        Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

        I was Leary about buying this as it was so much less expensive. It is very accurate, well built and very reasonable price.

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        5.0

        Simple

        By Angie

        from Mesa, AZ

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography

          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

          This was my first light meter and without having used one before I found it very easy to use.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good product at a good price

          By Rei Torres

          from San Juan, PR

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Consistent
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits
            • Product Shots

            Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

            My main use for the digital meter is on studio with strobe flash. This meter is a great tool for strobes users. Although feels very light weight, it gives very accurate measures. It works flawless with sync cord or wireless.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Seems to do the job

            By Photochic

            from Birmingham, AL

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Consistent
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Inaccurate

            Best Uses

            • Artwork
            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

            I use this for my lighting studio while doing portraits and other projects. It seems to work well but may not have the most accurate reading. It's close enough though. You just kind of have to work with it.

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            3.0

            Solid Meter at a Good Price

            By B

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography

              Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

              This is a "good enough" meter. Not too many bells and whistles, but it will get the job done at a good price for a photographer who doesn't need much fancy functionality beyond giving a good incident reading.

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              • No

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              5.0

              A very good digital meter

              By Enrique

              from Montevideo, Uruguay

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                I am an amateur photographer. It is my first flashmeter that I buy to work with flash. It seems to be very simple and reliable. For me, it is a very good acquisition.

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                • No

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                5.0

                very good

                By LEO

                from MIAMI, FL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography

                  Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                  funciona muy bien

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                  5.0

                  Very good

                  By Faber

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Consistent
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                    Polaris Digital Meter, is a very good because helps and save time.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good Value

                    By Ken

                    from Norwich, CT

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                      We are a dance photography studio. The product gets used by our professional staff. It is priced well and proformes well.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Polaris Meter

                      By RickS

                      from Michigan

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Very Light Weightfragile

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                      Like others have mentioned it does feel very light almost fragile. But I like the easiness/simple way of using the meter. I've tested it over and over to make sure the reading numbers were consistent each time and they are. I would recommend this meter to a up and coming photographer.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Gets the job done.

                      By Donna

                      from St. Louis, MO

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                        This meter replaces a much older model that I lovingly referred to as "old faithful". As a field portrait and wedding photographer, my equipment can take a beating from time to time. It also has been know, on rare occasion, to go MIA. I decided to keep that in mind with this purchase.

                        Its simple. Light-weight. Not the most 'solidly-constructed', but I knew that going in, and made the educated decision to put price over bells-n-whistles and whether or not it could take an impact from 100ft. I entrusted performance and accuracy to the extensive reviews from various sources, including BH... And it has paid-off.

                        I've used the meter for ambient conditions, as well as strobes, and I find it to be accurate, without exposure compensation, but it does offer that feature, which may come in handy.

                        I give it 5 stars, based on performance and value for price.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        First Lightmeter bought

                        By NeoRacer

                        from Seattle WA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Compact
                        • Consistent
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography

                          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                          Easy & simple to use. No frills just gets the job done which is good for a beginner.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          WORKS GREAT

                          By CRIDDLE

                          from PITTSGROVE, NJ

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                            i USED IT WITH MY STUDIO LIGHTS AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY. i LIKE THE THAT YOU CAN CONNECT A SYNC CORD TO IT

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Simple, but good

                            By Antonio

                            from Mexico

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits

                              Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                              It´s my first lightmeter. When you touch it, it feels a little cheap plastic, and with a little cheap bag. It is veary light in weight, so it is a little baffing, you could thing if it´s real or it is a toy, but it works very fine. I would like more explicit instructions, some things are not good enought explained, but also, it have just a few functions. It does the job, the lowest priced light meter you can find, and it works at it should do.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Nice and useful

                              By Antonio C

                              from Mëxico

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                Easy to use,well and smart design.

                                Is a good price for this device, acurately, simple and useful.

                                It feels a little like a cheap plastic in my hand, but solid, also.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                i would buy this product again

                                By Prince of all Media

                                from Las Vgeas

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Consistent
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Film
                                  • Photography
                                  • Photojournalism
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                  i make sure that i get right lighting on the subject.polaris lighting meter makes sures the subject does not bleed in front of the lens.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  fabulous piece of equipment. Easy to use

                                  By sally

                                  from Melbourne, Australia

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                    This was a gift and I find it extremely easy to use and is lightweight

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • Yes

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