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Shepherd/PolarisPolaris Digital Meter
 
4.5

(based on 102 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (82)
  • Accurate (66)
  • Compact (59)
  • Consistent (51)
  • Strong construction (24)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography (74)
    • Portraits (66)
    • Artwork (9)
    • Photojournalism (5)
    • Film (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (32), Photo enthusiast (27), Pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (4), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (65)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Gets the job done.

    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...Read complete review

    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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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

    Love it!

    By Iviana

    from Grand Junction, CO

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Consistent
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

      So easy to use and very accurate!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Works Great

      By Hem

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Consistent
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

        The meter is very accurate and helps with indoor light readings in brightly lit rooms.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great product, great value!

        By Elyse

        from New Jersey

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Consistent
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

          First light meter I've ever owned/used, and it's perfect! I primarily use for studio portraits with flash. Exposure is spot on. Good price, highly recommended!

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          • No

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          5.0

          It's great!

          By J

          from Nyc

          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

          Love the product. Exactly as described.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • 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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