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#1 Nick Norton

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 02:27 PM

Finally getting my hands on a Canon 1014xls, i find it time to invest in a light meter.

I have been thinking about getting the Spectra IV, supposedly the 'industry standard'

However, i would like to have a spot meter as well so i could really understand the light values i am shooting to get an idea of what the image will look like before i see it developed.

I also shoot 35mm photography, and was wondering if anyone knew if the Spectra IV can read shutter speeds and not just fps.


Anyone have any advice on the light meter i should be investing in?

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#2 Matthew Buick

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 04:43 PM

A camera like that would work well as a spot meter, just set it to auto, load it with the stock, and see what it says. Simple. Not as good as a dedicated light meter, but at least you don't have to shell out any more.
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#3 Anthony Schilling

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:07 PM

Check the internal spot meter first. Because it is already calibrated for the exact shutter speed settings... and especially the loss from the beam splitter (which i have yet to see anyone post a dead accurate beam splitter compensation) The XLS also has a compensation dial +/- 1/3 stops up to one stop. there is really no film speed that can not be accurately metered with that model. You can meter very convieniantly with the internal spot, lock your exposure down with the exposure lock and still be able to tweak it manually.
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#4 Matthew Buick

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Posted 08 March 2008 - 05:55 PM

It's a beautiful piece of machinery. :)
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