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Shepherd/PolarisPolaris Digital Meter
 
4.5

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (49)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (74)
  • Accurate (62)
  • Compact (51)
  • Consistent (45)
  • Strong construction (22)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography (66)
    • Portraits (59)
    • Artwork (8)
    • Film (4)
    • General purpose (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (30), Photo enthusiast (26), Pro photographer (16), Casual photographer (3), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (57)

    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

    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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • 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

                • Was this a gift?:
                • 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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • 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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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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                        5.0

                        Perfect for my use. No useless frills.

                        By Brad

                        from Ontario, Canada

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                          Great for my practice at flash photography.Has a PC sync port which I hook to a cowboystudio remote to fire my flashes at the press of a button.It even has a reading adjustment in case your camera sees the light a little differently. I'm glad that I bought this cost-effective meter.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Works well

                          By Warren M

                          from Thompson's Station, TN

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Cheap

                          Cons

                          • Lack Of Settings

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                          Nice cheap meter, takes the guess work out of lighting. Some of the settings are a little awkward so only 4 stars.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Does the job.

                          By eksproductions

                          from Massachusetts

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Compact
                          • Consistent
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Photojournalism

                            Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                            Use the product for outside street shooting.
                            Great low cost alternative.
                            There is really nothing I dislike, get what you pay for.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Price belies it's usefulness.

                            By Bob

                            from Beaumont, Tx

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Compact
                            • Consistent
                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Artwork
                              • Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Still Life

                              Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                              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.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              More Afforabale flashmate

                              By Jlynn

                              from Kingston, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Consistent
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Film
                                • Photography
                                • Portraits

                                Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                Easy to use and read, its great!

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                I'd recommend

                                By AB photography -Amy Bezek

                                from Edwardsville, PA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Consistent
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                  Product is great for the price and very simple to use! I love it!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Simple, reliable and easy to use

                                  By TPhotographer

                                  from Washington, DC

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate
                                  • Consistent
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography
                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                    Doesn't have all the gizmos, but this is a solic meter. It gives accurate readins under constant light or with flash. Great meter for the price.

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                                    • No

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                                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Great item, excelent price

                                    By Roberto Sierra

                                    from Laredo, TX

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Accurate
                                    • Compact
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Photography
                                      • Portraits

                                      Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                      This flash light meter is my best friend at the studio. Very simple and easy to use. It simplifies the problems of reaching a well exposed photo. And talking about price, amazing deal.

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                                      • No

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                                      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      4.0

                                      Polaris - Light Meter

                                      By sharkdvr

                                      from Charlotte, NC

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Shepherd/Polaris Polaris Digital Meter:

                                          Easy, reasonable, does the job.

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                                          • No

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