Sekonic 758 Cine
Posted 02 January 2007 - 02:43 PM
Was just about to hit the purchase button with a 558C in my shopping basket when... Wait! What's this? A new Sekonic on the scene with some kind of USB black magic function? Hmmm... I'm sceptical. I would hope that I have a better working knowledge of the stock that I'm using than my lightmeter does.
Has anyone had a chance to put one of these meters on trial? I'm particularly interested and slightly concerned about the Exposure Profiling features. Isn't this all a bit pointless, considering you have to run a series of tests just to calibrate these settings? Again, I think I would rather use my brain to calculate how to expose a scene in order to obtain the look I'm going for, basing my decisions on real-life experience and technical expertise rather than let a piece of electronic wizardry do it for me. I imagine that over/under exposure will result in some manner of noise-making warning siren emitting a high pitched shrieking sound, to provide warning of approaching danger and indicating when the danger has passed.
Most importantly, is it really worth splitting with an extra £150 for this information? Somehow I doubt it, however Sekonic seem to be putting the much loved 558C to bed so I guess we're soon to be without a choice.
Don't tell me that going with your gut is not an option anymore? Everyone must watch out they don't lose any detail in the shadows or highlights, or else the producers/directors sitting in grading suites will throw their toys out of the pram.
Although I'm open minded to new technology... Is lighting for the grade the destiny of our artform? I guess my ranting is fuelled by the frustration that this way of thought seems to be so set-in-stone, that it is now beginning to influence our future technologies.
Posted 03 January 2007 - 05:43 AM
Posted 03 January 2007 - 06:08 AM
Posted 06 January 2007 - 01:07 PM
On long days, that particular model, regardless of which unit was used, tend to screw up on me and I find myself spending more time fixing it than actually using it. Once it was so bad that when I point it directly at a light source, the needle went below zero but when I covered it with my palms/black wrap/etc, it gave me reading.
Strange but true.
I cannot do without digital lightmeters these days. Nothing fancy, but simple ones will do.
And 2 of them, just to make sure LOL.
Edited by Zulkifli Yusof, 06 January 2007 - 01:11 PM.