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Spectra Cine Professional IV-A Digital Exposure Meter (Black)

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Product Highlights
  • Digital Incident, Reflected Readout
  • Footcandle and Lux Readout

Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter - Spectra Professional meters are advanced and true digital exposure meters. Compact and easy to use, they are the most comprehensive, technologically advanced and reliable exposure meters for cinematographers, lighting designers, videographers and professional still photographers.

This compact and user-friendly light meter provides an easy, economical means of making highly accurate measurement of indoor and outdoor light levels. It measures footcandles, lux and instantly calculates Contrast Ratio, Averaging and can store up to 2 readings. Measurement results are displayed on an Electroluminescent backlit Custom LCD. It has a digital f/stop range from f/0.35 to f/128 in 1/10th stop increments and an Analog Bargraph range from f/0.7 to f/45 in 1/3rd stop increments.

Note! This meter is available in four colors: Black, Blue, Green and Yellow

High end professional cine meter
Reads incident and reflected light; Measures footcandles and lux
Reads out in Frames per Second and Shutter Speeds
Memory recall functions
Digital and analog readouts
Rotating receptor head
Sensitivity range of almost one million to one
The Reputation of Spectra
The Spectra Professional Line of meters have been the industry standard and the choice of professionals for the past 50 years. Spectra has received several International Awards including Six Technical Academy Awards from the Academy Of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Primetime Engineering Emmy Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and an Outstanding Achievement in Engineering Development from the American Society Of Lighting Designers for the design, development and manufacture of technically superior products important to these industries.
Measuring System Silicon Photovoltaic cell; Computer selected glass filters tailored to spectral response of the film
Measuring Modes Incident and Reflected (Reflected light acceptance angle is 42 degrees square); Average, Normal, Ratio; Footcandles/Lux
Receptor Head Swivel head rotates 270 degrees; Accepts optional one degree spot attachment
Aperture/Shutter Priority Shutter Speed Priority
Display Readout Digital LCD plus analog bargraph; Electro-luminescent lamp for viewing displayed measurements at very low light levels
ISO Range 3 to 8000 in 1/3 increments; Frames per second: 2 to 360 (for motion picture cameras)
f/Stop Display Range
  • Digital f/stop: f/.35 to f/128 (in 1/10-stop increments)
  • Analog f/stop: f/0.7 to f/45 (in 1/3- stop increments)
  • Photographic Illuminance: Footcandles 0.1 to 70,000 and lux 1 to 100,000
      - between from 0.1 to 49.9 in 0.1 footcandle units
        - between 50-999 in 1 footcandle units
          - between 1000-70,000 in 10 footcandle units
        • f/stop difference: the difference in f/stop between a new reading and the last memorized measurement is displayed in 1/10th stop increments up to plus or minus 12 f/stops
        • Average: Average of two readings and or continuous reading in f-stop and footcandle mode
        Shutter Speed - Ambient 1/8000 sec to 30 minutes
        Shutter Speed - Flash Not Applicable - NOTE: This meter does not measure flash exposure.
        EV Range (ISO-100) Not Applicable
        Cine Speeds 2 to 360 fps; Shutter Angle: 45 to 205 degrees
        Exposure Memory "Memory Store" and "Memory Recall" switches: Memory Recall switch is to recall stored reading in memory-1(ml), current reading in memory-2(m2) and or the Ratio, Average and f/stop of the two readings
        Shadow/Highlight Calculation Calculates ratio of key plus fill to fill light alone from 1:1 to 999:1
        Contrast Ratios:
      • Color Film: 1.5:1 to 5:1
      • Black and White Film: 2:1 to 16:1
        Brightness Difference
      • Resolution: - Digital: 0.1 stop; Analog: 0.2 stops
      • Accuracy: - Digital 0.05 f/stop
        Flash to Ambient Ratio Not Applicable
        Multiple Flash Not Applicable
        Exposure Calibration
      • IMPORTANT!:You should not attempt to recalibrate the meter yourself. Recalibration of the meter requires both an equipped calibration laboratory and an intimate knowledge of the internal workings of the instrument. A recalibration and maintenance service is available from Spectra Cine, Inc. or an authorized service center for a nominal charge. There are no user-serviceable components inside the meter. Opening the meter will void your warranty. The meter is equipped with an indicator which will signal if the cover has been removed by other than factory authorized personnel.
        Power Source One 6 volt battery #s A544,PX28L or PX28; Meter features Low Battery Warning; Flashes "LO BATT" on LCD display and meter will remain operational for approximately 3 hours; When battery is weak "LO BATT" will stay lit and meter will not operate; When battery is dead "LO BATT" will not light up; Auto Power Off: Meter shuts off automatically when not used after one minute.
        Dimensions 2.5 x 5.5 x 2" (63.5 x 139.7 x 50.8mm) (WHD)
        Weight 6 oz (168 g)
        Specialties If the film speed (ISO), frames per second (fps) or exposure time/Still (Time) settings are changed, the f/stops are immediately recalculated and displayed in normal, f/stop difference or average modes
        Spectra Cine Professional IV-A Digital Exposure Meter (Black)
      • Soft Case
      • Neck Strap
      • Flat Diffuser
      • PX28 Battery
      • One-Year Warranty
      • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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        Spectra CineProfessional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter
         
        4.4

        (based on 16 reviews)

        Ratings Distribution

        • 5 Stars

           

          (8)

        • 4 Stars

           

          (6)

        • 3 Stars

           

          (2)

        • 2 Stars

           

          (0)

        • 1 Stars

           

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        86%

        of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

        Pros

        • Accurate (11)
        • Lightweight (11)
        • Consistent (9)
        • Compact (8)

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Film (10)
          • Photography (3)
            • Reviewer Profile:
            • Pro photographer (5), Professional (3)
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No (4)

          Most Liked Positive Review

           

          Works like it should

          Dead balls simple to use. I use it to set light values for a particularly difficult person to light.

          I wish it had a switch to turn it on and off. ...Read complete review

          Dead balls simple to use. I use it to set light values for a particularly difficult person to light.

          I wish it had a switch to turn it on and off. The button gets pushed easily in my bag and drains the battery .

          Speaking of the battery, a more conventional, easier to find battery would be nice. You can't just go to Wally World or a drug store to get them.

          When is someone going to come up with a meter that measures both intensity and color temp?

          A more robust strap connection would also be useful.

          VS

          Most Liked Negative Review

           

          Simple easy to Use Light Meter

          This is my second Spectrs IV Light Meter. It is simple, easy to use and quite bullet proof.

          However: This second unit i received was faulty out of the box....Read complete review

          This is my second Spectrs IV Light Meter. It is simple, easy to use and quite bullet proof.

          However: This second unit i received was faulty out of the box. Spectra's product support was non existent after two emails...... not good enough. I would definitely look at other option next time as a result.

          Reviewed by 16 customers

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          5.0

          Most accurate meter out there!

          By Weihan

          from Los Angeles, CA

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Consistent
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

            I have two of these meters, both in black, that have consistently and unerringly proven to be the most accurate meters I've ever owned, and I've had many. What's more, they are simplicity defined. Simply set the desired ISO and toggle between FPS (for cinema) or f-stop / shutter speed for still photography, and you're set to go. Hit the measure button once and you've got the most accurate meter reading possible, with an astonishingly wide sensitivity range. I've used these meters for over 10 years, and they've been spot-on every time. It just doesn't get more accurate than that.

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            4.0

            Solid Light Meter

            By Gafferechaun

            from New York

            Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

            I've used the Spectra Cine IV on several shoots. It's a great bargain for a great tool. Is does have a cheep plastic feel, though it is very sturdy. You do have to swap elements between ambient and key lighting, which had me using my hand as a hood to block ambient light. Not as accurate when metering light this way, but it was much quicker. Overall it's a great value for such an accurate and easy to use meter.

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            5.0

            Beautiful Meter

            By Dutchman

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Consistent
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Film
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

              This meter is great, i use it to find exposure while shooting super 16mm and digital, came out of the box calibrated and i hear they never loose their calibration! it tells you stops FC and LUX, and it measures 1/10ths of a stop

              the only complaint is that the back light to the screen doesn't stay on but at the same time it saves battery...

              Also the meter is all plastic and sometimes when switching from the sphere to the flat disk i fear i will break it but it comes with a year warranty...

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Perfect to use as cinematographer

              By Breno

              from Brazil

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Film
                • Photography

                Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                Good price and precisely exposure meter

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                SPECTRA, number one - no compromise

                By stefano spiti

                from Milan - Italy

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Film

                  Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                  is the best tool for those who want to make the DoP
                  , is a sacred object, and I treated it with great care and respect.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Solid meter handles rigorous daily use!!

                  By Todd the lighting director

                  from New York City

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Affordable
                  • Consistent
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Film
                    • Photojournalism
                    • Television

                    Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                    I use this meter almost every day as I set, check, and balance levels for my lighting for national cable news broadcasts. The meter is consistent and accurate, and gives me all the information I could ask for in a meter at this price level. The warranty provided by Spectra is comprehensive, and more than I could hope for. I have yet to have any problems!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    light meter to light my life

                    By Yash

                    from Brampton, Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Inaccurate

                    Best Uses

                    • Film

                    Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                    I am into movie making and i use this to fullfill my daily lighting requirements..... and its really great

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    I would buy this product again and again

                    By Andy

                    from san francisco, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                        good tool!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By bobrock

                        from Rome, ITALY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Film

                          Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                          Very accurate and simple to use.

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                          4.0

                          Great light meter

                          By Joana

                          from Montreal

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Consistent
                          • Lightweight
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Design

                          Best Uses

                          • Film

                          Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                          This meter has a very easy reading and it's less expensive than the sekonic ones. It's also very accurate and good to handle.

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                          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Not too sure

                          By Want a decent item

                          from PA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Poor Construction

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                              Just got this today. It arrived and after looking it over the metal ser# plate on back looked like it got whacked. It is caved in. There is no owners manual. I am not a pro but it looks real cheesy. Switches are fragile and the text screened on the face is already coming off.
                              I emailed the manufacturer to see if I should send it back.

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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              a good choice

                              By claudio leone

                              from Brazil, sao paulo, SP

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Compact
                              • Consistent
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Poor Construction

                              Best Uses

                              • Film

                              Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                              I use it to cinematography, I'm director of photography, and I think
                              the IV-A Spectra Cine is very accurate and simple to use, includes luminance and F-stop reading, and all cine speeds to set.
                              Unfortunately the batery system is not made with regular AA bateries, but the silver batteries are more stable. If you pretend to shot in jungle, take one or two in reserve.
                              It's seens the better choice if you are looking for a good lightmeter and are not worry in beauty, it is not pretty, but is very reliable.

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                              5.0

                              Truly Professional Tool

                              By Likes to Shoot Film

                              from NYC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Consistent

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Film

                                Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                                Down side; additional flat disc purchase required calibration by Spectra. Very accurate, clear read out.

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Good Meter

                                By Sam MT

                                from NORHT CAROLINA

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Consistent
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Battery

                                Best Uses

                                • Film

                                Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                                I bought this meter as my primary ambient light meter for job as a cinematographer. It is a reliable little meter and gives you consistent results. It is very easy to change your settings on this meter, while at the same time it is very hard to accidentally change your settings. The lack of an on/off button is at first very disconcerting but after a while you get used to the meter coming on when you need it and turning off when you don't. I haven't tried the spot meter attachment for this meter, but with the difficulty there is in taking off the photo sphere a separate spot meter seems to be much faster. The construction of the meter seems to be very robust, however, I wish they had gone with a slightly heftier plastic just to be on the safe side. I wish it had a setting for changing the shutter angle, it isn't that hard to compensate. In the manual there is an index to show you the correct compensation for different angles, but it would be easier if the meter just did it for you, like the Sekonic.
                                The pluses are:
                                Light weight
                                Easy to use
                                Good Battery life
                                Accurate/Consistent readings
                                Cool Colours

                                The down side:
                                It doesn't allow you to change your shutter angle like the Sekonic L-758cine and it doesn't have as many options for fps.
                                The photo sphere and photo disk are a little time consuming to switch out.
                                Difficult to find and expensive battery

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                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Works like it should

                                By Bubba

                                from Texas

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Consistent

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Television

                                  Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                                  Dead balls simple to use. I use it to set light values for a particularly difficult person to light.

                                  I wish it had a switch to turn it on and off. The button gets pushed easily in my bag and drains the battery .

                                  Speaking of the battery, a more conventional, easier to find battery would be nice. You can't just go to Wally World or a drug store to get them.

                                  When is someone going to come up with a meter that measures both intensity and color temp?

                                  A more robust strap connection would also be useful.

                                  Share this review

                                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  3.0

                                  Simple easy to Use Light Meter

                                  By PC

                                  from Sydney Australia

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate
                                  • Compact
                                  • Consistent
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Lighting Design TV

                                    Comments about Professional IV-A (P-2000EL-A) Digital Exposure Meter:

                                    This is my second Spectrs IV Light Meter. It is simple, easy to use and quite bullet proof.

                                    However: This second unit i received was faulty out of the box. Spectra's product support was non existent after two emails...... not good enough. I would definitely look at other option next time as a result.

                                    Share this review

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