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Good lightmeter for low light readings?


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#1 Kathleen Lawler

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 12:59 AM

Hello everyone

I am shooting a 16mm student film this year. Some of it will be of a woman dancing in stop motion animation on city streets. I have heard that some light meters don't cope with low light readings too well. Which light meter do you advise I use in this situation? My Gossen Lunapro meter has been lost. :(

Many thanks
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#2 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:38 AM

Really, any meter that can be cranked up to higher ASA's. If you're shooting at f/1.4 and you're meter's set at 320ASA, you may have a problem if you want to make sure a particular part of your frame is sayyyy 4 stops under key if you're using a Spectra Pro slide based meter that more commonly only goes up to 500.

I use a Spectra IV which is great and you can adjust for low light readings. Sekonic's are just as good, better if you have a combo one with a spot meter.
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#3 Jake Kerber

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 01:38 AM

Spectra Pro IV--it's my main incident meter and fantastic in low light situations.

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#4 Kathleen Lawler

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 02:13 AM

Thanks very much everyone!

Does the Spectra or Sekonic handle long exposures at low light well?
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#5 John Brawley

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Posted 05 March 2008 - 02:24 AM

Hello everyone

I am shooting a 16mm student film this year. Some of it will be of a woman dancing in stop motion animation on city streets. I have heard that some light meters don't cope with low light readings too well. Which light meter do you advise I use in this situation? My Gossen Lunapro meter has been lost. :(

Many thanks


I think this was more of a problem with the older analogue meters. Any digital meter should serve you well in low light.

jb
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