Which light meter to choose
Posted 01 December 2010 - 07:11 PM
I been thinking to buy a light meter but don't know which one to choose. Since it's tool that I hope to use for the rest of my working life (hopefully) I would like to get something good. Right now my choices are limited to Spectra IV or Sekonic L-758C. I read that the Spectra is very accurate but advantage of the Sekonic is that have spot meter (which is not to accurate as I understand) and also it's possible to enter dynamic range of specific camera. The question is does it worth to pay 250-300$ more for those extra features?
Posted 01 December 2010 - 11:11 PM
I should add I've never "programmed" my sekonic, but it is an interesting feature to have and I'm sure people do use it.
Posted 02 December 2010 - 06:08 AM
Posted 02 December 2010 - 10:06 PM
I primarily use my meter in Indecent mode
Auto-correct fail! Or do you primarily shoot adult movies?
Posted 15 December 2010 - 06:56 PM
Why wanna come out on a scout
I picked up the Minolta Flashmeter 6/vi which of course was then discontinued a year later when minolta went bust. You can check it out here: http://www.amazon.co...I/dp/B00009XUYW ...it was kind of their answer to the Sekonic 508...
I picked it up because the form factor was slim, it runs on a single AA battery, and I liked the approach they took with the spotmeter placement. It also feels a bit lighter then the sekonic or spectra meters I've used in the past.
Downside being the amazon picture is a lie, there's no backlight illumination of any kind on the front LCD, however the spotmeter viewfinder is illuminated. Weird they cut that feature from the FM5...
I've also never run across anyone else with this meter on set which I've always found odd, as it was 25-50 dollars cheaper then the competition....
its also got the programmable range feature, but I always thought that was more trouble then it was worth. You'd pretty much know the stocks range you'd be shooting, and at most you'd maybe have 2-3 different stocks in play so it seemed like overkill.
Edited by Ari Schaeffer, 15 December 2010 - 06:58 PM.
Posted 15 December 2010 - 09:48 PM
Love it !
Spectras however seem to have more old school DOP gravitas round these parts though - unsure if that's a concern, or if it ever should be - ha ha
Edited by Chris Millar, 15 December 2010 - 09:49 PM.