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Light meter for a begginner?? Sekonic L-208/ 398A??


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#1 James Millward

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Posted 10 September 2008 - 03:38 PM

Im looking for a low cost light meter to use with super8 and maybe later 16mm.

I havent got a lot to spend, but I figure it will save me alot of wasted film if I can get one and learn how to use it correctly.

Im looking at the sekonic Twinmate L-208 or the 398A

Are these meters suitable for my use. The 208 is cheaper, so would like to go that route if the 398A isnt going to offer anything more (to me at least)

Can either of the meters be set to 64 asa (ie for Ektachrome 64t)

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

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#2 Robert Hughes

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:33 PM

I have an L-398 - it's fine for filmmaking - that's what it's for.

Be sure to check any lightmeter you get (particularly a used one) against a known good calibrated source light meter. My current L398 is one stop oversensitive, I have to compensate in my head whenever I use it. My previous one was spot on, but it died after 20+ years.
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#3 Chris Keth

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Posted 12 September 2008 - 08:42 PM

I would get a used minolta autometer IV or V. I have one and it's my favorite incident meter of any I have ever used. As a bonus, they're not expensive used.
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#4 Magnus OverRein

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 04:15 PM

Does anyone have any experience with the Sekonic Twinmate L-208? I am also a beginner, and thinking of buying one for use with video and still photography. Would I do fine without a spot meter? Also, what do you think about analogue lightmeter vs digital?
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#5 Mike Lary

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Posted 05 February 2009 - 04:34 PM

Also, what do you think about analogue lightmeter vs digital?

I prefer a digital meter if I'm shooting tape because analog meters have a powerful magnet inside. Analog meters are more fragile, in my experience, as well.
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#6 Steve Phipps

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:09 AM

Im looking for a low cost light meter to use with super8 and maybe later 16mm.


Hello James,

I haven't used either of the meters you mentioned.

You might also consider the Gossen Luna-Pro SBC. It's the only meter I own, and I use it for still photography, Super-8, and 16. Unlike other Gossens, this meter takes a 9V battery (others of this age take the 1.35v button). The reason I like it is that it's a null-meter. That's more useful for still photography than cine, but you just zero-out your reading, and then you can see all the different exposure combinations for that light value right there on the dial. Very simple. Very convenient. I could do all that in my head, but with a null-meter, I don't have to. Since I do a lot of low-light and long-exposure work, even in cine (Auto-B or full-manual with my Nizo), I find the Gossen very useful. You'll have to get one used if you want one. In Europe, it's called Profisix SBC. Without the "SBC", it's a different model.

If you do buy a used light meter, make sure you get one that's accurate and reliable!
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#7 Jim Carlile

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Posted 06 February 2009 - 10:11 PM

I just use an Auto Lumi. Works great !

http://mattdentonpho...c_autolumi.html
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