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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)

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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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    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

    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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                      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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • 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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