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#1 Guy Meachin

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 09:49 AM

Which of the Sekonic light meters are the most popular for shooting on film? Are some only designed for photography?

Can this one be used for shooting on film or is it just for photographers? I'm confused :huh:

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#2 Matt Irwin

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 12:39 PM

Can this one be used for shooting on film or is it just for photographers? I'm confused :huh:

Yes it can. If you look at the specs on the page you linked to, you'll notice "Cine Speeds: 2, 4, ...."
Some of those dual-function Sekonics have a "CINE" tag in the model number, which probably means they have more functions for motion-picture work like shutter angle, etc.

Which of the Sekonic light meters are the most popular for shooting on film?

It's a matter of personal preference. Some people like those dual function digital meters, while some like analog meters like the Studio Deluxe (II). They all get the job done, so whatever floats your boat. Sekonic's also not the only brand out there, though they are great meters. Spectra makes a digital meter designed only for cine work. There's also Minolta and others...
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#3 Rik Andino

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Posted 18 April 2006 - 05:20 PM

Which of the Sekonic light meters are the most popular for shooting on film?


Well for the most part I see many people using the Sekonic digital dual meters
These are digital meters that are both Spot meters and Incident meters (thus Dual Meters).

The models (from oldest to newest)
L508 Cine (very good, I like it because it takes regular AA batteries not the rarer CRV batteries)
L608 Cine (very good has newer features than the L508 but it's in an ugly brown color)
L558 Cine (the latest and greatest)

Anyways you can go to the Sekonic website and check out all the specs...

http://www.sekonic.com/

Matt mention there are other brands of meters also used...you can check out..
The Sekonic Dual Meters are very popular because of their two in one...
However you can get better meters more to your liking...just do a little research.


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#4 Chandra M.Mouli

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Posted 23 April 2006 - 06:11 PM

This is one of the brands available for film shootings.
This meter has all the feature that suits your requirement on film sets if you wish to stick to the brand Sekonic, Read the features,You will unserstand it better.

The remarkable Sekonic L-558R Dualmaster is the world's most sensitive multi-function meter, reading flash down to an astounding f2 (at ISO 100), twice as low as any other multi-function meter in production. And with the optional PocketWizard module inside, it becomes nothing less than a Master Control Center. You can use it to fire individual cameras and flash units remotely, without wires, using a 16/24 bit, security encoded digital signal. And that's just the beginning of what this meter can do.

Utilizing rubber seals throughout the housing and controls of the meter, the DualMaster is water and moisture resistant. Although the meter can be used in rainy or wet conditions, it should not be used underwater. The large LCD panel makes reading the data easy and convenient; the panel illuminates automatically in low-light surroundings.

In order to retain the simple stylish look of the DualMaster, less frequently used functions and controls are confined to custom software functions.


The L-558R includes Sekonic's unique built-in retractable lumisphere. Simply turn the selector knob to extend it for 3D incident readings or retract it for a narrow incident letering angle that's ideal for brightness evaluations, lighting ratio setups or precise readings of flat subjects.

The L-558R is also a true 1 ° spotmeter with a parallax-free viewfinder and in-finder, illuminated digital display showing apertures in tenths, shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec. and exposure compensation values.

The L-558R features an extra large, cool-green illuminated full-information LCD panel that displays the complete range of readouts and modes as well as battery condition. It can memorize and recall up to nine readings in any mode, average them and display them individually on an analog scale.

The L-558R includes a flash/ambient analyzing mode that simultaneously reads both flash and ambient light automatically and can display combined flash and ambient readings, percentage of flash in the total exposure and simultaneous display of flash, ambient and combined readings on an analog scale. It also reads in shutter-priority, aperture-priority or EV modes and makes cumulative flash readings in cord or cordless mode.

The L-558R includes a broad range of custom settings so pros and enthusiasts can tailor it to their individual working methods. And its body and controls are so well sealed that it's rated splashproof to JIS water-resistance standard - so serious photographers can take control with confidence in any weather.

The L-558R is competitively priced. It gives pros and serious enthusiasts exactly what they need - nothing more and nothing less - and represents a remarkable value.





Key Features

? Spot with Digital Display
The L-558R DUALMASTER features a rectangular 1° parallax-free spot viewfinder. In dim or bright light situations, the L-558R's spot viewfinder displays f-stops, shutter speeds and more. The built-in spot meter measures both reflected ambient, flash or combined lighting. The optical finder also features an eyepiece with an adjustable diopter.

? Includes Plug-in Radio Transmitter Module
Electronic flash units and/or cameras can be triggered wirelessly with the optional plug-in digital radio Transmitter module (compatible with all PocketWizard Digital Radios).Simultaneous triggering and measuring of flash units up to 100 feet away is possible. With its new easy-to-use Selective Quad-Triggering control (4 zone lighting control), the L-558R offers quick selection of which flash unit to trigger and measure independently with a touch of a key. Now you can individually measure several flash units wirelessly by the touch of the meter's measuring button, without walking over to each light and turning it on or off.

? Memory Mode
Up to nine readings can be memorized in incident or spot metering modes independently in both Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes. The memory function of the L-558R provides the photographer with an effective way of retaining and analyzing shadow, midtone and highlight exposure readings.

? Full, 1/2 or 1/3-step Selectable Readings
Both shutter speeds and apertures can be displayed in either full, 1/2 or 1/3-step increments to match your film or digital camera; selecting these increments is quick and easy with custom software menu settings.

? Exposure, Calibration and Filter Compensation
Independent incident and reflected exposure compensation of up to +/-9.9 EV can be easily set for custom film exposure corrections or for bellows extension factors. With the calibration compensation setting of +/-1.0 EV, matching built-in camera meters or other handheld meters is a snap. There is even a filter compensation setting of +/-5.0 EV for filter factor compensation.

? Dual ISO Settings
The L-558R offers the flexibility of taking a single measurement and displaying the f-stop and shutter speed for two different ISO film speeds, such as negative film and Polaroid proofing film.

? Brightness Difference function
Displays the difference in exposure between a new reading and the last memorized measurement. It is expressed in precise plus or minus 1/10 step Exposure Values (EV) readout.

? Full-Featured Flash Measurements

1. Cord Flash Mode
2. Cordless Flash Mode
3. Unlimited Multiple Flash Mode
4. Radio Triggering Mode

? Cinema friendly
Ideally suited to motion picture, video and specialized measurement needs. Cinematographers will appreciate the unique combination of built-in incident and reflected 1° spot measurement and an extreme range of full and half cine speeds from 2 to 360 fps.

? All Weather Design
All buttons, switches and compartments are sealed and the meter housing has been constructed with durable, rugged conditions in mind.
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