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Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter

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Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter

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Product Highlights

  • Waterproof Housing
  • Ambient, Flash, Cine and Luminance
  • 1-5° Metering
  • Raise/Lower Built-in Diffuser

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The Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter is a high-end, universal meter that will measure a wide variety of lighting scenarios - ambient, flash and spot. In addition, this meter will meter for photometric values such as lux and foot candles. These kinds of illuminance measurements work with in both ambient and flash modes.

This unique meter, in addition to being such a full-featured meter, comes complete in a waterproof housing which makes it a great selection for anyone working at sea, in humid environments, weather related venues, site readings, and many other situations.

For anyone in the cinema business, the meter will be equal value. The easy-to-read meter requires no formula conversations making it a cinch to use.

For general photographic use, this meter meets all pro demands. For portrait, object and fashion photography, it measures and analyzes light which strikes the motif - regardless of the object's reflectivity. And, the meter only takes illuminance into consideration, not object brightness. For the real purist, the Starlite 2 is geared to the Zone System and can give brightness values for all gray tones within a scene. 

In flash mode, it calculates the number of flashes required for a given resolution - and it will analyze the light and figure the brightness ratio of the scene. It takes contrast into consideration and rads from the brightest to darkest areas and produces the correct exposure solution.

Exposure Measurement
Ambient, flash and spot - measures in 1-5° angle using the viewfinder. Incident light is determined using the diffuser which can be raised or lowered depending on shooting plane
Cine Readings
Total cine meter - 180° rotary disc. There are extra sector sizes in 5° steps - no conversion with formulas are required
Illumination/Photometry
Footcandles, lux and other precise readings can easily be obtained
Zone System
Using the 11-step gray scale, precise black and white values can be obtained
DIP Switches
Exposure times for the standard series - full steps can be changed to 1/2 stops; additional readings can be tweaked as well such as cine readings
UPC: 719821183761
Measuring System Incident and reflected light
Measuring Modes Two color corrected silicon photo diodes
Receptor Head Incident: Adjustable to flat or spherical diffusor characteristics
Reflected: Measuring angle adjustable 1° or 5°, viewing field 12°
Head rotates 270°
Aperture/Shutter Priority Both
Display Readout LCD type
ISO Range ISO 3 to 8000 in 1/3 steps
f/Stop Display Range Digital in full stops (+ 1/10)
Analog in full stops (+ 1/2)
Flash light
Incident light: f/1.0 to f/128
Reflected 1°/5°: f/2.8 to f/128 / f/1.4 to f/128
Shutter Speed - Ambient 1/8000sec - 60 min in full or half Time Values (TV)
Shutter Speed - Flash Flash sync speeds: 1 to 1/1000sec
EV Range (ISO-100) Ambient Light Reading
Incident range: EV - 2.5 to + 18
Reflected 1°/5°: EV 2.0 to + 18 / EV 1 to + 18

Flash Light Metering (ISO-100)
Incident range: f/1.0 to f/128
Reflected 1°: f/2.8 to f/128
Reflected 5°: f/1.4 to f/128

Cine Speeds 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 50, 64 (2, 3, 4, 6, 36, 40, 48, 60, 72, 96, 120, 128, 150, 200, 240, 255, 300, 360)
Exposure Memory 9 memory slots each for flash and ambient
Shadow/Highlight Calculation Yes
Brightness Difference Yes
Flash to Ambient Ratio Yes
Multiple Flash Yes
Exposure Calibration Corrections/Extension factors: EV -7.9 to + 7.5 / 1.0 to 240
Power Source 1.5V (AA) or akku 1.2 V
Dimensions 6.5 x 2.6 x 1" (164 x 66 x 26mm)
Weight 7 oz (195g) (approx) (without battery)
Specialties Light intensity
Luminance
Flash light intensity
Flash luminance
zone system
Four DIP switches in the battery compartment for selecting function ranges and displays

Photometry: lx, fc, cd/m2, fL, lxs, fcs, cds/m2, fLs

Analog: f/1.0 to f/128, Zone 0-X

Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.102 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 5.7 x 3.1"
Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter
  • Carrying Case
  • Strap
  • "AA" Battery
  • Instruction Manual
  • One-Year Warranty
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    GossenStarlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter
     
    4.2

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    75%

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    5.0

    Great Product

    By Juaniquin

    from EL Salvador, Central America

    About Me Pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Uses Standard Aa Size Bat

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • IndoorOutdoor Portraits
      • Indoor Outdoor Portraits
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter:

      Like all Gossen Products I have used before: It´s easy to use, very accurate, and most of all... it uses standard AA battery. Other batteries are HARD TO FIND in my area...
      Manual could be improved a lot, it´s not so specific and would help to put some samples.

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      3.0

      Not the German quality of yesteryear

      By D Troch

      from Cape Town, South Africa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter:

        Flimsy build. The spot lens cap attachment system breaks after a week of usage. The battery cover is very flimsy, the twice and be very careful when changing battery or DIP switches

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        5.0

        Great all in one light meter

        By David

        from Melbourne, Australia

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Consistent
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter:

          Provide all necessary functions with accurate and consistent result

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          4.0

          One Caveat

          By Sniper

          from Hong Kong

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                Comments about Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter:

                One thing I have to warn users or to-be-users, is that this device drains battery during storage (pretty quickly), do remember to take the battery away each time after use.

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                (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Deserves the name of Gossen

                By Sniper

                from Hong Kong

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Consistent
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Film
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Gossen Starlite 2 Universal Exposure Meter - Incident, Spot, Flash and Photometric Light Meter:

                  Let me cut it short. Those who are looking at this surely know what Gossen is, and fully understand why we choose German made Gossen [...] I would like to compare this Starlite 2 with the Starlite I previously used. The Starlite 2 is a clear response to all those negative comments of the older Starlite, quality control is much improved, no under-exposure, no error of first reading after prolonged storage, and the cap of the reflected light measuring lens is leashed. It is all-in-one, accurate and precise and I am pleased with the results. My only worry is the decapitation of the measuring head in the hands of careless users----the rotary mechanism is not strengthened in mk 2 version, hence 4 stars instead of 5

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