Jump to content


Photo

Light Meters Sekonic L-478D-U vs L-858D-U

light meter sekonic L-478D-U L-858D-U

  • Please log in to reply
1 reply to this topic

#1 Alexander Sutton Hough

Alexander Sutton Hough
  • Basic Members
  • PipPip
  • 31 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Los Angeles

Posted 27 June 2017 - 06:39 PM

Hi, I have been using for the past few years been using my Sekonic 508. (not the cine version) and want to upgrade.

 

I am looking at the Sekonic L-478D-U with a 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder adapter and the new Sekonic L-858D-U.

 

Besides having the built in 1-4 degree spot viewfinder what would also be a crucial reasoning to spend the extra $200-300 more for the Sekonic L-858D-U?

 

Would not having the ability to do 1-4 degree spot and be stuck at 5 degrees be a deal breaker? How often do you need the 1-4 degree spot?


  • 0

#2 Michael Rodin

Michael Rodin
  • Basic Members
  • PipPipPip
  • 249 posts
  • Cinematographer
  • Moscow

Posted 28 June 2017 - 03:44 AM

I constantly use 1 degree spot to get isolated readings of specific textures or details. Also helps to separately meter lit and shadowed sides of faces.

With a 5 degree lens you're often doing what's called "integrated metering" i.e. taking average from highlights, half-shadows, etc, which kind of defeats the purpose of spot metering - the precise control of contrast. You can get closer to the subject to meter a smaller area but that slows you down and once again defeats the purpose - spot readings are usually best done from camera position as they're all about reflected light.


Edited by Michael Rodin, 28 June 2017 - 03:45 AM.

  • 0



CineTape

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Metropolis Post

FJS International, LLC

The Slider

Wooden Camera

Ritter Battery

Rig Wheels Passport

CineLab

Broadcast Solutions Inc

Technodolly

Glidecam

Abel Cine

Aerial Filmworks

Paralinx LLC

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Visual Products

rebotnix Technologies

Willys Widgets

Tai Audio

Glidecam

Media Blackout - Custom Cables and AKS

Technodolly

Rig Wheels Passport

rebotnix Technologies

Willys Widgets

Wooden Camera

FJS International, LLC

The Slider

Aerial Filmworks

Abel Cine

Tai Audio

Visual Products

Metropolis Post

CineLab

CineTape

Gamma Ray Digital Inc

Paralinx LLC

Ritter Battery

Broadcast Solutions Inc