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#1 deepak srinivasan

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 03:53 AM

Hi friends i am sudarsan from india i have worked in 1 film as an assistant D.O.P. i planned to buy a light meter now. i am confused what meter to buy am stuck in deciding between manual & digital meter .
pls help me friends which one will be more helpful for learning purpose ???
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 04:41 AM

Either type will do the job, although having a meter that will directly read out the stop is much quicker. Some analogue meters have slides that allow you this, for example the Sekonic Studio Deluxe III.

An incident meter is the most useful type for film making.
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 01:32 PM

Is there a spot meter in manual meters ??? how can we check sky readings using manual meter ?????
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Posted 17 January 2011 - 02:32 PM

You'll get a stop reading using a calculation ring on the side of the spot meter. You tranfer the reading as you would any other analogue meter using the needle. With a spot meter you'd just take a reading from within the spot in the viewer. I expect you could buy a used Pentex Spotmeter V

If I was buying just one meter I'd buy an incident meter, they're the standard cinematography light meter, rather than the spot meter.
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#5 deepak srinivasan

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Posted 20 January 2011 - 08:55 AM

Thanks for ur reply sir
am planning to buy "SEKONIC L-398A"
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