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#1 jeremy edge

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 05:41 PM

Is anyone familiar with this meter?

I dont have the manual and I am confused by a couple of things:

1. The slides...should I use them or no? i notice I get a reading that is different with no slide.I do have the book that came with the slides so i can find the right one for my shutter angle and framerate but not sure what this does...

2. The "H" and " L" which arrow is right? I press the button i get a number...say 20 ...I slide the dial around to line the l or the h arrow with that number and at the bottom right by 24 on the cine scale I should get my f-stop right?

I'm confused. Can anyone clarify reading this thing?
I would appreciate it greatly!
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#2 jeremy edge

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 11:04 PM

ok,
maybe I should clarify:

This is a traditional non digital light meter.

Im confused how to read the dial based on the measurements shown by the needle.

Do I :a
Spin the dial so that "L" corresponds to my needle reading and get my f stop reading at the bottom.

Or b

Spin the wheel so that "H" corresponds to the needle reading.

I am also confused as to what the slides do and how to interpret the readings with and without them.

Sekonic lists this meter on thier sit as the industry standard ,surely someone on the board has one and could help me out? ;)
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#3 Manu Anand

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 11:21 PM

Namaste Jeremy,

This link should answer all your questions.

I havent personally checked if the link works . I hope it works.

http://www.spanix.co...onic/L-398M.pdf


Manu Anand
New Delhi ( currently in Bombay)

Edited by Manu Anand, 25 July 2005 - 11:23 PM.

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#4 jeremy edge

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Posted 25 July 2005 - 11:40 PM

It does!

The H is for the high slide.

The L is the normal scale

The slides are for using the marked aperatures by the needle and not turning the dial.

So if Im using my k3 at 24fps and asa 250 I use the 1/60 slide

Thanks!
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#5 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 04:19 AM

Hi,

To clarify:

If you get a meaningful reading without a slide - that is, the needle isn't slammed all the way across to the right - then use it like that, and use the "L" (low range) arrow.

If you're in very bright light and the needle hits the upper end of the display, insert the high-range slide. This reduces light incident to the meter by a known amount, and you should use the "H" (high range) arrow. Essentially, this just lets you work in a larger range of conditions.

There is another set of slides, which I don't seem to have for mine, which allow you to read off the F-stop directly from the meter needle and avoid having to calculate on the slide wheel thing. By default, the footcandle reading is correct (which of course it isn't if you insert a slide) and the F stops indicated are appropriate for I believe 320ASA film. You can get slides to insert for other film speeds, although of course you can't make the meter more sensitive by inserting a slide, only less sensitive, so it only works for films slower than 320.

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#6 Matt Irwin

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Posted 26 July 2005 - 11:15 AM

You can get slides to insert for other film speeds, although of course you can't make the meter more sensitive by inserting a slide, only less sensitive, so it only works for films slower than 320.

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I think it may be 500. I have a book of those slides, and the fastest speed it has a slide for is 400.
The high-slide the only one I ever use though.
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