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#1 flavio filho

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 06:44 AM

Hi all.

Am thinking to buy the Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III meter to use mostly on 16mm cinematography....
Although seems controversial if it is actually a cine or still light meter... At Sekonic website it's said favorite with cinematographers the world over.

Am looking for one that I could afford and be great for the purpose. 16mm cinematography is what will be mainly used for.
So I wonder if I could get some advice, if this would do well or would be better buy another?

Thanks,
Flavio

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#2 Francesco Bonomo

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 07:18 AM

Hi all.

Am thinking to buy the Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III meter to use mostly on 16mm cinematography....
Although seems controversial if it is actually a cine or still light meter... At Sekonic website it's said favorite with cinematographers the world over.

Am looking for one that I could afford and be great for the purpose. 16mm cinematography is what will be mainly used for.
So I wonder if I could get some advice, if this would do well or would be better buy another?

Thanks,
Flavio


Flavio, it doesn't really matter if you use it for stills, 16mm, 35mm, 65mm or digital. It does what it supposed to, i.e. measures the amount of light. The 398A has its pros and cons, as pretty much every tool. It's relatively cheap and doesn't require batteries, but at the same time it's not immediate or precise as the digital ones, and it's not incredibly sensitive in low light, at least based on my experience. It's a great back-up meter for many people, though. There are other users on this forum who seem to love it, others don't. If you run a search about "studio deluxe", "398a" or "sekonic" in the whole forum you'll find many opinions.
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#3 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 08:23 AM

What Francesco said. I will add that I have that meter in my bag as a BU to my 758 Cine (a fine meter) simply because it doesn't need batteries. I also recommend it for most people as it's cheap. It isn't fast, of course, but it makes you really think about what you're doing.
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#4 Charles MacDonald

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 12:18 PM

It is one of the lowest priced of the Pro meters. It does not need batteries, as it is based on a silicon solar cell.

The dial has a "cine" scale for convenience.

It is probably a good "first" meter, which will act as a good backup when you have to need to step up to a 1000 dollar meter.
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#5 John Holland

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 01:00 PM

I have had so many meters over the years most packed up [ i did love my Spectra Combi but that went down the drain ]Had the Sekonic for 30 years still works spot on , so yes get one !
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#6 Deepak Bajracharya

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Posted 30 November 2011 - 05:01 AM

(it's not incredibly sensitive in low light.)

Namaste,

Specially reading below 40 footcandles.

Regards,
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#7 flavio filho

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Posted 02 December 2011 - 02:54 PM

Hi everybody!

I just bought my L-398A Light meter from Amazon at 127 Sterlings. Good price I think.
The only thing is that arrived with instructions manual in German :P

I've requested Amazon about an Instructions manual in English. Although, with a quick online guide I was able to learn how to use it. Quite easy.
Quite happy with it so far. haven;t tested it properly yet, with my cameras, but I'm sure it will be just fine.

Thanks all for the tips!

Flavio
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