Cheap Lightmeter Solution
Posted 08 May 2005 - 05:38 PM
I'm looking for an cheap cine-lightmeter. Does anybody know a cheap and good lightmeter solution for me?
Thanks a lot
Posted 08 May 2005 - 06:28 PM
depends on your definiton of cheap...
Its not that expensive...
Posted 08 May 2005 - 08:18 PM
It's great for beginners and professionals.
You can get it for around a 150 bucks new.
Check Ebay you might even find it for less.
If that's too expensive for you, consider finding a different profession.
Posted 08 May 2005 - 08:35 PM
I don't know what they go for but I passed one up mint for $8 once. Probably not typical but...
Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:23 AM
I paid the equivalent of around US$100 for my 398.
It's cute in a rather 1970s, steam-powered sort of way, but it does make you understand about the relationship between footcandles, F-stops and exposure.
Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:34 AM
I now use a Sekonic 508c. It was not too expensive, although it was far from $20 (about $450 - $500, I don't remember).
My gaffer has a 558c, he likes that a lot (as do I), it was like $600 I think.
Keep in mind these are both two in one meters (spot and incident). I am not that familiar with the various options, but spend the money, do it right once. That said, they all end up giving the same info, so get what you can afford.
There have been several posts on the subject, so search a little also.
Posted 09 May 2005 - 07:26 AM
my first choice was the sekonic zoom master 608 C, but it cost about 700 bucks, so I mean cheap is all below 700 bucks :-). I check the sekonic 398 and I will have a look in other threads. Thank you guys.
Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:47 AM
1. Minolta 4F ( $230.00)
2, Spectra Cine 4 ( around $450.00)
3. Pentax 5 analog / ditigal spotmeter ( lasts a lifetime )
Posted 09 May 2005 - 12:14 PM
I think the 558Cine is around $500US--and that's just like the 608
And the 508Cine is around $400US--it's the model that came before the 608
Eitherways search around the internet I sure you can find the 608 for under $600.
Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:37 AM
Posted 11 May 2005 - 01:49 PM
Buy a roll of Kodak film of the ASA you are shooting. It comes with a small piece of paper with exposure guidelines. A bright Sun, a half covered sun etc. That is the cheapest light meter I know of.
If your shooting outside its very accurate too!