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About Shepherd

Polaris - Digital Reflected, Incident and Flash Light Meter is a professional exposure meter with world class features and performance, at a fraction of the cost of comparable models.

Polaris has the functions and micrprocessor-driven accuracy you expect, plus some additional conveniences you might not, like an oversized LCD display, multi flash capability and user preset program levels. More features and a lower price makes Polaris unbeatable value.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (41),Accurate (32),Compact (26),Consistent (26),Strong construction (12),Easy to use (8),Durable (5),Improves product function (3),Simple controls (3)
Best Uses:
Portraits (35),Photography (32),Studio (7),Home (5),Artwork (4),Everyday (4),Macro photography (3),Travel (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (19),Photo enthusiast (8),Photography student (5),Semi-professional (5),Enthusiast (3)

Shepherd Features

  • Oversized LCD display shows all the data and functions clearly and easily, even at full arm's length. Large 'analog' scale for easy fractional measurements.
  • Custom Program Level Function lets you personalize your meter to match your style of shooting. Adjust the meter level or return to standard levels with the touch of a button.
  • Eight additional shutter speeds available to match the sync speed of virtually any camera. No guessing or searching for a shutter speed close to the sync speed for your camera.
  • Multi flash feature makes it simple to calculate how many times the flash must be fired to achieved a desired f/ stop.

Shepherd Specifications

Reception Methods
Incident, reflected light, flash and ambient (including EV) measurements. Cord or non

cord operations.
Measuring Modes
Ambient and flash (cord, cordless) - incident and reflected (35 degrees)
Measuring Range (ISO 100)
Ambient EV 1 EV 19.9 at ISO/100
Flash f/2 f/90.9
Display Readout
Digital LCD
ISO Range
ISO 3 to 8000 in 1/3 increments
F-Stop Display Range
f/0.5 to f/90
Exposure value (EV) Range
EV -4 to 26, Ambient: 1-19.9; Flash: f/2-90.9
Shutter Speed - Ambient
60 sec. to 1/8000 sec.plus 5 most useful speeds
Shutter Speed - Flash
1 sec. to 1/500 sec. plus 8 most useful types.
Exposure Calculating Function
+0.9 EV in 1/10 stop increments
Multiple Flash
Fire flash once and shows multiple f / No. from 2 to 9 flashes
Power
One AA 1.5V battery
Dimensions
2.5 x 0.8 x 4.7" (63 x 20 x 118mm) WDH
Weight
3.3 oz.
Notes & Special Features
Auto Power Off
Sync Terminal: Standard PC outlet for flash cord
Mfr #
SPD100
SKU
SBP

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®

 
4.4

(based on 45 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

What the Pros use

[...] I went to the local pro photo shop to see what they would recommend. Without hesitation, they said the Polaris SPD100. Unless you have exotic shooting circumstances, this meter is the best and what they use. Liked it much more than the JTLs, Gossens, or Sekonics. Skeptical, I next called my brother-in-law who was a professional photographer for 20 years and now a commercial imaging consultant. His meter is a Polaris SPD100. He felt the rest were over-priced. Finally, I called a fantasti...

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[...] I went to the local pro photo shop to see what they would recommend. Without hesitation, they said the Polaris SPD100. Unless you have exotic shooting circumstances, this meter is the best and what they use. Liked it much more than the JTLs, Gossens, or Sekonics. Skeptical, I next called my brother-in-law who was a professional photographer for 20 years and now a commercial imaging consultant. His meter is a Polaris SPD100. He felt the rest were over-priced. Finally, I called a fantastic Black and White artistic photographer down in Gurnee, IL and his meter ... You guessed it, the Polaris SPD100.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Downer

I'm going to break the trend here on all these outstanding reviews and honestly I bought it because of them. I wanted to meter mostly reflected speed-light flash. I find almost all the time that the meter lacks sensitivity unless I input an ISO I wouldn't use anyway. At 800 ISO with Hi power bounce I get an"Eu" message which the manual does not even define. Using in outdoor bright or shaded light it functions okay also on direct flash. So for the most part it stays on the shelf and I use in c...

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I'm going to break the trend here on all these outstanding reviews and honestly I bought it because of them. I wanted to meter mostly reflected speed-light flash. I find almost all the time that the meter lacks sensitivity unless I input an ISO I wouldn't use anyway. At 800 ISO with Hi power bounce I get an"Eu" message which the manual does not even define. Using in outdoor bright or shaded light it functions okay also on direct flash. So for the most part it stays on the shelf and I use in cam metering or Chimp.

Reviewed by 45 customers

 
1.0

Downer

By

from Philadelphia  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I'm going to break the trend here on all these outstanding reviews and honestly I bought it because of them. I wanted to meter mostly reflected speed-light flash. I find almost all the time that the meter lacks sensitivity unless I input an ISO I wouldn't use anyway. At 800 ISO with Hi power bounce I get an"Eu" message which the manual does not even define. Using in outdoor bright or shaded light it functions okay also on direct flash. So for the most part it stays on the shelf and I use in cam metering or Chimp.

 
4.0

Great functionality

By

from Seattle, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is my first light meter, so I don't have anything to compare it to, but it is accurate, quick to read out, and simple. It feels delicate, but most electronics don't like being dropped or thrown underneath cars so it probably doesn't need to be built like a tank.

 
5.0

Outstanding

By

from Stuttgart, Germany  -  Photography Student

I use this lightmeter often for various ligthting situations, wether it is landscape, or in the street. It has helped me tons with measuring light with portraits for both ambient and flash.

 
4.0

A Good Value

By

from Laveen (Phoenix), Arizona  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I am just starting to use the light meter but find it useful. I mainly purchased it for use with my studio lights to help me with my settings using my Alien Bee 1600s. It cuts down on the trial and error of trying to estimate the camera settings. It has proven to be very useful. I purchased this meter based on good reviews and its relatively inexpensive price. It seemed like it would be the best value and so far it seems like a good choice It is a fairly light plastic, but given its normal use it is sturdy enough. I would recommend it for anyone looking for a reliable light meter at a reasonable price.

 
5.0

This Product is Amazing.

By

from Amarillo, TX  -  Photography Student

This product is great and works really well.

 
5.0

This meter is exactly what I needed!

By

from Iva, SC  -  Photography Student

I have learned that this meter will get you where you need to be most of the time. Sometimes I get creative and move a stop but most of the time it is right on for my lighting.

 
4.0

good for me as a beginner

By

from Belen, NM  -  Casual Photographer

Iam just starting to do this. I am retired and need to do something. Your products have helped me get involved with the community.

 
5.0

Does a good job

By

from Atlanta, GA  -  Photography Student

I use this item almost every day and it does a great job.

 
5.0

Great value

By

from Stow, MA  -  Photo Enthusiast

Great device. SUperb value for the price.

 
5.0

The best for the price

By

from Doha Qatar  -  Photography Student

It is very easy to use, can be used as reflective,incidence ,flash,and spot light meter, The readings are very accurate,and simple to understand it works in diferent modes, for example, is very usefull for setting up my studio lights, by reading the EV from each lamp,, in outdoors, is very usefull as incidence ,and reflective light meter, with the 10 degree spot meter accessory , the reflective readings are very accurate. I am sure, for the price, you cannot get any better, I am very happy with this light meter

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
RAUL O  Good price, but it's not compatible with Nikon ttl, so, if you want to use that, you have to do a lot of stuff. Otherwise, it is a good product, reliable.
Joe K  What kind of warranty comes with this used unit?
MARK G  2 years according to mine.
RB B  One reviewer commented on a 10 degree spot meter attachment , but I do not see any mention of the attachment in the item description. Do I need a 10 degree spot meter attachment and where do I get one?
MARK G  The meter doesn't come with any attachments, but the white sphere does slide for a 40 degree view. As for after market attachments I haven't seen any.
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