King of Light Meters
Posted 26 July 2007 - 02:26 PM
However, i know nothing about light meters.
Should i be looking for only one light meter to accomplish everything i need, or should i get one for film and another for photography?
I am looking for the light meter i'll take to my grave... not one i'll need to update/replace in a year or two.
Any help would be awesome-
Posted 26 July 2007 - 03:44 PM
My vote (and purchase) was for a Spectra IV-A. It's very film friendly, has ranges and settings that are good for both still and motion work, and is widely used in professional circles. It's so widely used that you can always find someone this Forum (or others) that can help you use it. It won a Technical Academy Award when it was introduced, that should tell you something about how working professionals feel about it.
I'm looking to purchase a light meter for uses in 8mm and 16mm film projects, 35mm photography, and medium to large format photography.
Many pros have a IV-A, spot meter, possibly even a color meter but for starters the IV-A will serve you well.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 03:55 PM
Most Sekonic digital meters have the flash hookup so that'd probably be your best option. L758 would probably be your best and top of the line option.
Minoltas are good I hear, but I don't know what their manufacturer maintenance situation is now.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 05:28 PM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:31 PM
Posted 26 July 2007 - 08:48 PM
I find the spectra is the meter of choice for me. The sekonic's look great on paper, but for me they are sooo friggin complicated and fiddly with too many buttons to get in the way when the sun's going down and the directors screaming for the shot....
I have seen it happen a few times where DOP's have two different ASA's punched in, forget which is which and get it wrong. Take incident readings when they think they're doing reflected. You don't want your meter to have to get in the way of just taking a reading. Having so many features and options means you have to be on top of what's programmed in.
The Spectra is so simple. And although it feels plasticky it's incredibly resilient. One DOP i know walked though a river with it on his belt, got it totally wet and it still worked. I've dropped mine and knocked it about. The only down side would be if you wanted flash.
Other than that, go for simple and fast. Get a Spectra.
Edited by John Brawley, 26 July 2007 - 08:49 PM.
Posted 26 July 2007 - 10:00 PM
Posted 31 July 2007 - 09:36 AM
I am looking to purchase a Canon 1014XLS 8mm camera which has variable shutter angles.
Is there something on the light meter to compensate for this? Do you need to compensate for this?
Posted 31 July 2007 - 06:45 PM