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#1 Alex Fuchs

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 05:38 PM

Hi,
I'm looking for an cheap cine-lightmeter. Does anybody know a cheap and good lightmeter solution for me?
Thanks a lot
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#2 Benjamin_Lussier

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 06:28 PM

hmm...
depends on your definiton of cheap...
Its not that expensive...

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#3 Rik Andino

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 08:18 PM

Well the Sekonic L398 Studio Deluxe...is on the best lightmeters around
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.
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#4 Sam Wells

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Posted 08 May 2005 - 08:35 PM

Nestor Almendros used a Weston Master V.

I don't know what they go for but I passed one up mint for $8 once. Probably not typical but...

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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:23 AM

Hi,

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.

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#6 Kevin Zanit

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 04:34 AM

I have a 398 as a backup (used to be my principle meter). I got it for $20.

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.


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#7 Alex Fuchs

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 07:26 AM

Thank you all,

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.
Greetings Alex
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#8 Sam Wells

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 08:45 AM

so I mean cheap is all below 700 bucks :-).

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This refines the search critera a bit ;-)

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#9 oscar jimenez

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 09:47 AM

Theres 3 options that can suit your budget I think:
1. Minolta 4F ( $230.00)
2, Spectra Cine 4 ( around $450.00)
3. Pentax 5 analog / ditigal spotmeter ( lasts a lifetime )
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#10 Rik Andino

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 12:14 PM

Search Ebay you can find the Sekonic 608Cine for around $400 bucks.

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.


Good Luck
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#11 Bob Hayes

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 06:37 AM

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.

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#12 Stephen Williams

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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.

Bob

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Hi,

If your shooting outside its very accurate too!

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#13 Tim Tyler

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:00 PM

Other forun users have said good things about the tiny Gossen Digisix in the past.

$150 @ B&H

http://www.bhphotovi...u=257033&is=REG
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#14 J. Lamar King

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Posted 11 May 2005 - 02:35 PM

Look in the classified section of this forum or click the link below. There you will find a very good price on a leading digital meter, wink wink...

http://www.cinematog...?showtopic=6614
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