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#1 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 20 December 2006 - 11:11 PM

hi
I need to buy a light meter and im looking into the Gossen digipro F.
Mainly because its in my price range, i really dont want to spend 800$ on a meter.
my question is is this a good light meter?
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#2 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 06:45 PM

anyone know??
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#3 Troy Warr

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 07:06 PM

Hi Daniel,

I don't have any experience with the Gossen Digipro F, though I used to work in a rental department and worked with what appear to be similar Gossen meters based on this one's specs.

I try not to be brand partial but I've personally had better impressions of Sekonic light meters. They sell a unit called the L-358 that's a great budget/midrange meter. B&H has it for $239 right now. I don't know if it has all of the features that you need, but the major features should at least be comparable to the Gossen. In my opinion it's worth a look and some research on the Sekonic site before you make the purchase.

Hope that helps!
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#4 Aaron Medick

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 07:13 PM

anyone know??

If it is your first meter, go for it. I've never used it. I did just read about it. It will do the basics one needs to measure light for proper exposer of motion picture film. In my experience most of us use the Spetra Digital IV A check it out

http://www.bhphotovi...r...;Q=&ci=4540
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#5 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 21 December 2006 - 10:08 PM

thanks for your help
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#6 Andrew Koch

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Posted 24 December 2006 - 05:33 PM

I agree with Aaron. I have been using the Spectra Cine Pro IV A for about 2 years now as my incident meter and I absolutely love it.
If you need a spotmeter, I'd recommend the Minolta Spotmeter F, if you can get your hands on one since they are not made anymore.
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#7 Daniel Carruthers

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 01:02 AM

I just ordered the sekonic L358, thanks troy for the link.
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#8 Troy Warr

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 03:14 PM

I just ordered the sekonic L358, thanks troy for the link.


Sure thing, Daniel!

Hope that works well for you. If you get a chance I'm curious to know what you think of it once you start using it.
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#9 Greg Gross

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Posted 28 December 2006 - 08:36 PM

A Spectra 4 is a decent lightmeter and they back their product well. It will not break your bank
account. It is not the answer to all lighting issues. I would stay away from used meters unless
you know where they came from and request try-out before buying. Many famous cinematogra-
phers have used Spectra meters at one time or another. Meters are sort of like blondes,brunettes,
red heads and I will not go into a major discussion. I think you probably know what I mean. I wish
you luck in finding a meter to serve you well. Happy New Year!

Greg Gross
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#10 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 03:59 AM

Any major difference between the Spectra IV and IV-A, besides the averaging feature?

I may have just scored a good deal on an IV :)

Edited by Jonathan Bowerbank, 23 January 2007 - 04:00 AM.

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#11 Frank Barrera

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Posted 23 January 2007 - 05:39 AM

Any major difference between the Spectra IV and IV-A, besides the averaging feature?

I may have just scored a good deal on an IV :)

It will calculate contrast ratios as well as averages. I believe that other than that it is the same exact meter.
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