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#1 Fhj Ais

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 06:44 PM

I am shooting a project on 16mm b/w film and I don't have a light meter. Is there anything wrong with using a DVX100A for checking exposure?
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#2 Trej Macdonald

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 11:40 PM

As long as the ISO of the DVX corresponds to the ASA of the film then I can't see why you should have any problems. It actually seems like quite a good idea.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 09:05 AM

Go buy a light meter, they're pretty cheap. DVX really isn't too viable of a solution. Not only do video camera's not really have an ISO, it's a lot bigger and more cumbersome to run around with and not goign to be able to really give you an idea of how/where your light is falling (how over is this corner, how under is that corner) ect.
IF you haven't got a meter you can rely a bit on the sunny 16 rule so long as you're outside...
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#4 Steve Munro

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 08:59 PM

I agree with Adrian - buy a light meter. You can get them pretty cheap and even if you have 'no money' you can still pick up an analogue meter for around ten dollars these days (e.g.: http://cgi.ebay.com....=item2a0f9b596b) that will give you a better EI than a calibrated for digital sensor. And it would be better having this read the light directly from the various points of, say, your talent's face, than to have one reading of an entire frame that includes a wide dynamic range.
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