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Colour Meters & LED (1 reply and 1 comment)

Aman Samra
2 weeks ago
Aman Samra 2 weeks ago

Hello everyone, 

I'm in the market for a meter was thinking the Minolta IIIF however, it was brought to my attention that older meters may not have great reads on LEDs since they're not full-spectrum lights. I know the c700 and c800 are popular just much steeper in price. Have meters such as the Minolta IIIF truly become obsolete with today's tools? What meters do you use? 

 

sid.keene
1 week ago
sid.keene 1 week ago

I own and use a Minolta IIIF as my main light meter on set, mainly because I happened to find a great deal on one at my local photolab days before a shoot. I've never had an issue with it's accuracy, but I've also never properly tested it against a calibrated meter. If there is any inaccuracy, it's likely a fraction of a stop, which may as well be from the fact that the IIIF won't meter at 1/48th of a second, only 1/50th (negligible).

Most modern LEDs you'll see on set are (more or less) full-spectrum. They have emission spectra that is different than HMI, tungsten, sunlight, etc, but they still emit light across the majority or all of the visual spectrum.

It also depends on your shooting medium and your philosophy to lighting and exposing on set. I like to use my meter to get a rough reading of a scene, and to dial in ratios, but I'm also viewing on a decent monitor through a show LUT to give me a better sense of what I'm getting. The two methods of judging exposure both have their flaws, and I'm using both to double check my decisions on set. 

Aman Samra
1 week ago

My question was regarding the Minolta IIIF colour meter, not the light meter. I appreciate it nonetheless!

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