Hi I've searched the forums but still haven't found the information I'm looking for.
I'd like to buy a digital light meter to begin shooting with a Krasnogorsk K-3 16mm film camera. I'm willing to spend up to $400 dollars or so, and I want it to be a digital meter.
Do i need a cine light meter specifically? Or will any normal photography meter do?
If anyone has recommendations within that price range, that would be great. I've seen a few cine meters made by sekonic on amazon, but I want to hear others thoughts.
I have used light meters for years for still photography, typically a spot meter. When I began to use a 'digital video' camera, I found that since the 'video' camera was design to make it easy for analog video camera people to change over. So, one would 'add' or 'subtract' gain, in dB, to adjust exposure... a meter was not very good, as the cameras never had an ISO value listed...
When motion picture Digital Film cameras, that is DSLRs, began to gain in capability, they were ISO values, and one could adjust ISO to change exposure... but even then... one needs to calibrate the meter reading with what is recorded at a given ISO setting...
Anyway, with motion picture lighting, most often it is given in Footcandles/Lux values, and, again the reflective lightmeter was problematic.
So, I bought the Sekonic L-308 DC, that gives the light in terms of footcandles as one option, but also has more 'cine' values for shutterspeeds and frames per second.
It's around $300 or so, and I'd recommend it.
It has both incident and reflective capability. The reflective is 'large aperture', so it is not as good as a 'spot' meter for measuring say the contrast ratio directly from a person's face. And the incident reading is also 'large' so one has to learn how to shade to get accurate readings in complex light conditions. In a studio, one can turn off lights to determine the contribution of a specific light. In the field sometimes things are a bit more complex.
But even with Film film based processes testing is needed to make sure the meter, film, your 'desired result' matches up.
Edited by John E Clark, 21 May 2015 - 04:21 PM.