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Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter

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Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter

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Product Highlights

  • Incident, Reflected, Flash Readings
  • Color Graphic Display
  • Built-in Rechargeable Battery
  • Display: 1/10, 1/3, 1/2, 1/1 Stop
  • Cord, Non-Cord, Radio Measurement
  • Memory Function
  • Cine Meter Setting
  • 1/8000 Sec. to 30 Min. Shutter Speeds
  • 1/1000 Sec. to 1 Sec. Flash Synch
  • SBC Silicon Photo Diodes
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The Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter is a lightweight and ambient light exposure with a large graphic TFT LCD display which allows easy one-handed flash and ambient readings, as well as a multitude of convenience functions.

Among the many capabilities of the DIGISKY are luminance, illuminance readings and contrast analysis. Not only does the meter read flash, but it will indicate the percentage of flash versus ambient light making it ideal for fill-flash use.

The DIGISKY is also the perfect cine meter for DPs and cinematographers. Provision is made for ISO, EV steps, cine speeds, sector angles and photometry as well as filter values. A quick turn of the diffuser ring allows you to change between reflected light and incident light measurement. And you can customize the functions is for individual or multiple users. One movie and up to three user selectable profiles are possible.

Obsolescence is simply not an option with the DIGISKY. A USB interface is built in for future meter updates. The meter features multiple triggering options for photographers. Besides cord and cordless readings, the RF mode can trigger up to 4 flash groups on 8 different radio frequencies allowing multiple flash setups in the same studio.

The DIGISKY comes with a built-in rechargeable battery, charger, carrying bag, strap Software CD and instructions.

Ultra-compact and Lightweight
The DIGISKY is ultra-compact. Although it weighs just 3.5 oz (100) including the Lithium-ion rechargeable battery, the DIGISKY is no lightweight when it comes to features and specifications.
TFT Color Graphic Display
The clear, bright 2.2" screen provides an instant, easy-to-read display in any mode, whatever the ambient conditions. The display standby time is user variable via the quick and easy menu.
Software Download
Gossen offers free software upgrades on their website, ready for quick and easy download, ensuring that your DIGISKY constantly benefits from the latest developments. What's more, the DIGISKY's built-in battery will continue to charge while the meter is connected to your computer.
Re-designed Control Interface
The large controller ring and selector button make for simple, quick one-handed operation. State-of-the-art microprocessor technology in the DIGISKY allows easy navigation of all functions, providing a highly intuitive operating system.
Individually Configurable
The DIGISKY can be easily adapted to each user's requirements using one of the built-in profiles (one for movie and three for camera use) which can be individually selected and programmed with ISO, EV-steps (meter value resolution), RF triggers and filter values.
The Perfect Cine Meter for Movie Makers and Cinematographers
The DIGISKY offers a movie function for the setting of ISO, EV steps, cine speeds, sector angles, photometry and filter values. These measured values appear in both analog and digital display formats, meaning even the smallest deviations can easily be identified.
Trigger Your Studio Lighting Effortlessly
In addition to manually capturing flash exposure data, the DIGISKY can also trigger your flash equipment/studio lighting either by cable or by radio frequency. In the RF mode, up to 4 flash groups can be selected and triggered on 8 different radio frequencies, allowing the simultaneous use of different lighting sets in the same location.
Easily Switches Between Light Measurement Methods
A simple turn of the diffuser ring changes between reflected light and incident light measurement. The flat diffuser has been designed for photometric measurements.
Measures and Evaluates Subject Contrast
The DIGISKY measures the contrast of a subject as well as the illuminance. The average value can be constantly shown in the display and, by key data. Minimum, average and maximum values can be accessed, making the meter ideal for HDR photography.
Measuring System 2 SBC photodiodes, digital processing
Measuring Modes
  • Incident light measurement (flat or spherical can be selected)
  • Reflected light 20°
  • Contrast measurements
  • Flash metering, cord, non-cord, radio
  • Multiple flash calculation
  • Average value calculation
  • Fill flash percentage of exposure
  • Cine meter (180° / 5° sectors)
  • Photometry (illuminance / luminance)
  • Receptor Head Fixed head
    Measuring Range Shortest: 39.4" (100 cm)
    Range Ambient light reading (at ISO 100/21°):
  • Incident light measurement EV -2.5 to +18.5
  • Reflected light measurement EV 2.0 to +18.5
    Flash (at ISO 100/21°):
  • Incident light measurement f/1.6 to f/128
  • Reflected light measurement f/1.6 to f/128
  • Display
  • Film speeds: ISO 3/6° to ISO 16000/43° (in 1° DIN)
  • Apertures: f/0.5 to f/128
  • Measuring value steps: 1/1, 1/2 and 1/3 steps, f-stops and times
  • Shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second to 30 minutes
  • Flash measuring times (sync speeds): 1 second to 1/1000 of a second
  • Flash calculation for altered measuring times: 1 second to 1/1000 of a second
  • Cine speeds: 2 to 1000 f/s
  • Cine sector angles: from 45 to 315° in 5° steps
  • Cine analog scale: dynamic from EV 0 to EV 18 in 0.1 EV steps Further display values: illuminance and luminance:
  • Illuminance: 0.5 to 199900 lx; 0.05 to 50000 fc
  • Luminance: 0.2 to 30000 cd/m2; 0.05 to 9000 fL
  • Correction values: EV-5.0 to EV+5.0
  • Overflow, underflow
  • Battery Control
  • User
  • Retractable diffuser head setting
  • Status of the meter
  • Accuracy + 1 digit (= 0.1 EV/EV)
    Radio Frequency Module: OFF, Elinchrom SkyPort and Skyspeed
    Radio groups: 1 to 4 - ALL, A, B, C, D
    Channels:
  • Channel 1: 2456 MHz
  • Channel 2: 2458 MHz
  • Channel 3: 2460 MHz
  • Channel 4: 2462 MHz,
  • Channel 5: 2469 MHz
  • Channel 6: 2471 MHz
  • Channel 7: 2473 MHz
  • Channel 8: 2475 MHz
  • Display Readout 2.2" (56 mm) Color TFT
    Shutter Speed - Flash 1 to 1/1000s, also 1/90 sec;
    Cine Speeds Frames per second: 8 to 64, also 25 and 30 for TV
    Exposure Memory Yes
    Flash to Ambient Ratio Yes
    Multiple Flash Yes
    Power Source Meter-specific rechargeable Lithium-ion battery
    Operating Temperature 50 to 122°F (10 to +50°C)
    Dimensions 6.45 x 2.6 x 1.02" (164 x 66 x 26 mm)
    Weight 3.52 oz (100g) including battery
    Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter
  • V070A Rechargeable Battery
  • Power Supply
  • USB Connector Cable
  • Carrying Strap
  • Software CD
  • Quick-start Guide
  • Case
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

    by PowerReviews
    GossenDIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter
     
    3.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    70%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (9)
    • Lightweight (6)
    • Accurate (5)
    • Consistent (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent for a lightweight

      My main reason for purchasing this meter was to fire my Elinchroms, a job it does very well in unison with my 'Skyport' radios. My review is tempered for my love of my...Read complete review

      My main reason for purchasing this meter was to fire my Elinchroms, a job it does very well in unison with my 'Skyport' radios. My review is tempered for my love of my Sekonic L-758DR, sadly the Sekonic doesn't fire Skyports, for that pleasure you need Pocket Wizard's ST-4's, another expense.

      The DigiSky is a very good meter with a very clean and simple interface, the learning curve for this meter is very short. Sadly the meter is let down by a very lightweight construction with a lack of professional feel to it. There is a point where the advertised lightness gives way to a lack of professional heft, this is a delicate meter compared to a Seconic. The reality is that they are all delicate, however my Sekonic bears battle scars that should render it terminal however it still works extremely well.

      Gossen need to increase the size just a little to give the feel of a professional tool. Some weight needs to bee added, this meter feels flimsy, however it still feels very good in the hand

      Interface and menus on the DigiSky are a pleasure to use. It is very fast to move between aperture and shutter speed adjustment and taking flash readings. Personally I prefer a side button, however the front button works well for me, though occasionally my hand is not clear of the front and spurious measurements have resulted. The menu offers three camera setups plus a cine setup. The camera setups can be called up quickly and become the default, in this aspect it has it all over the Sekonic.

      The color screen is a very nice touch, to the nay sayers get over it, yes it does look a little amateur, however future incarnations I'm sure will be outstanding. I have come to really like this feature. The active function is clearly visible as it's color is obvious to the eye.

      The on dial, mmmm, the jury is out on this one. The dial combines, reflected (non diffuser), incident diffuser disk up and down and obviously off. To me it seems all a bit too busy, my concern is a switch combined with other physical components, maybe a good place for things to go wrong .... I don't like it but have come to accept it. A switch is the way to go, I'm sure the boffins can wax lyrical as to why their system is best, well it's not, get some side buttons

      The battery compartment .... I would say is appalling, perhaps a work in progress, it is held on with a screw and look amateur, it detracts from the meter.

      I work with flash, I work with Elinchrom and this meter is a dream, it just works. My previous method was to use my Sekonic in flash ready mode then fire my strobes with a Skyport transmitter, very clumsy. I have too much money invested in Elinchrom to change and DigiSky has come to the rescue. Gossen literature indicates that other radios will become incorporated within the meter via USB upgrade, an interesting future for all.

      The charger, well the American plug doesn't fit the Australian outlets, thank god it charges by USB. Charges off my laptop or iPhone charger, very neat.

      In summation, I would thoroughly recommend this meter to any prospective purchaser, it is a top line product in every aspect, sadly it's in a toy body. Give me a Sekonic with the DigiSky features, plus DigiSky ease of use and I would be in heaven. Better still, Sekonic, please fit a SkyPort transmitter.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Terrible experience with this meter

      I purchased this meter based on Scott Kelby's recommendation, thinking it would be a great tool to use with my Elinchrom strobes, but it developed an issue with the diffusor head making it unusable...Read complete review

      I purchased this meter based on Scott Kelby's recommendation, thinking it would be a great tool to use with my Elinchrom strobes, but it developed an issue with the diffusor head making it unusable - just after the 30 day return period, of course! B&H gave me contact info for Gossen to get the issue resolved, but I received no response from them despite multiple emails and phone calls. I went back to B&H, and customer service put me in touch with Manfrotto, who distributes Gossen in the US.

      The rep from Manfrotto told me to send the meter to their service department, where they would "check over everything and see if there is an issue. If it is a warranty issue it will be covered." I sent it in to them in September (I have the delivery confirmation) and still have not heard back or received the meter. I contacted the Manfrotto rep 10 days ago to ask what was going on, and he said he would get right back to me. Still no word!

      Buyer beware with this meter - I think the product itself is cheaply constructed for the price, and the customer service from the company is even worse. I have no issues with B&H, they handled the situation correctly, but Gossen and Manfrotto have been terrible.

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      1.0

      Fails in execution

      By Ned

      from Fremont, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

          Nice that it's thin, but that's the only thing I liked about it. My unit locked up on me several times requiring that I pull the battery. Better have a screw driver with you!!! Other issues is that it's just a little too slow. After you get to know the meter you start getting ahead of it which starts to get annoying. Yes, it is important to have a spare battery. Having to charge via usb seems okay, until you go out on a shoot and forgot to charge it. Now what? That's right you have to wait... Lastly, in bright light it's difficult to read. I ended up selling mine.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Terrible experience with this meter

          By Silver Birch Studio

          from Asheville, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Bad Customer Service
            • Overpriced
            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

              Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

              I purchased this meter based on Scott Kelby's recommendation, thinking it would be a great tool to use with my Elinchrom strobes, but it developed an issue with the diffusor head making it unusable - just after the 30 day return period, of course! B&H gave me contact info for Gossen to get the issue resolved, but I received no response from them despite multiple emails and phone calls. I went back to B&H, and customer service put me in touch with Manfrotto, who distributes Gossen in the US.

              The rep from Manfrotto told me to send the meter to their service department, where they would "check over everything and see if there is an issue. If it is a warranty issue it will be covered." I sent it in to them in September (I have the delivery confirmation) and still have not heard back or received the meter. I contacted the Manfrotto rep 10 days ago to ask what was going on, and he said he would get right back to me. Still no word!

              Buyer beware with this meter - I think the product itself is cheaply constructed for the price, and the customer service from the company is even worse. I have no issues with B&H, they handled the situation correctly, but Gossen and Manfrotto have been terrible.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very slim and portable meter

              By Stephen

              from SG

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Consistent
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Film
                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                Small and very pocketable. Unlike the Sekonic 758DR which I also own.

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                • No

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                (8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Software defect

                By Lucentko

                from Boston, MA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                  This meter has software defect which I reported to Gossen in April 2011. Gossen confirmed the defect but no software update available since 2011.
                  The defect is: go to ISO setting and set ISO higher then 10000.
                  Return to measurement screen. The last digit is truncated. For example ISO 10000 is displayed as 1000, so do not know if the reading is taken under 10000 or 1000 ISO.
                  Because company does not care to release update to fix this defect I would not recommend this meter to friend and I would not buy it again.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  I have seen the Light

                  By FamedImages

                  from Hervey Bay, Australia

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Colour screen
                  • Compact
                  • Wireless Sync - Elinchrom

                  Cons

                  • No user guide
                  • Quite expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Strobe work
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                  I purchased this meter to sync with the Elinchrom Flash system. The Digisky has a very slim and light feel to it. It did not come with any user manual so a search on the Gossen site located the guide.
                  The user guide requires going through a few times to understand the correct procedures for the best use.
                  There is a rotating device at the top which turns the unit on and also selects which metering function it will use, it is a little fiddly to use.
                  So far it has been excellent to use and worked perfectly with the Elinchrom system. The colour display gives a very professional look and feel.
                  It very easily slips into your pocket in between uses.
                  It does have a cine function but I have not used this yet.

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                  5.0

                  Works Perfectly

                  By bullmoon

                  from ATL

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Expensive

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Photography

                  Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                  I needed something that would work with my Elinchrom lights and trigger the Skyport remotely - if that is what you need, this is perfect, although a bit pricy.

                  Very handy and simple to use.

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                  5.0

                  One of the best meters I've ever used.

                  By eyemodeo

                  from Princeton NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  See all my reviews

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Consistent
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Film
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                    I use this meter for motion picture Cinematography.
                    It's light and quick to use especially for documentaries when you don't have much time to calculate exposure. The feel of the meter is like using an I-pod, and even though it feels light it is quite an accurate instrument. It fits in the palm of the hand and looks quite elegant
                    I also use it for fun with my 4x5 film camera and it's right on every time. The price is something everyone notices but once it becomes yours you forget the cost and appreciate its beauty.

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                    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Excellent for a lightweight

                    By TIMEC

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent

                    Cons

                    • Too lightweight

                    Best Uses

                    • Film
                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                    My main reason for purchasing this meter was to fire my Elinchroms, a job it does very well in unison with my 'Skyport' radios. My review is tempered for my love of my Sekonic L-758DR, sadly the Sekonic doesn't fire Skyports, for that pleasure you need Pocket Wizard's ST-4's, another expense.

                    The DigiSky is a very good meter with a very clean and simple interface, the learning curve for this meter is very short. Sadly the meter is let down by a very lightweight construction with a lack of professional feel to it. There is a point where the advertised lightness gives way to a lack of professional heft, this is a delicate meter compared to a Seconic. The reality is that they are all delicate, however my Sekonic bears battle scars that should render it terminal however it still works extremely well.

                    Gossen need to increase the size just a little to give the feel of a professional tool. Some weight needs to bee added, this meter feels flimsy, however it still feels very good in the hand

                    Interface and menus on the DigiSky are a pleasure to use. It is very fast to move between aperture and shutter speed adjustment and taking flash readings. Personally I prefer a side button, however the front button works well for me, though occasionally my hand is not clear of the front and spurious measurements have resulted. The menu offers three camera setups plus a cine setup. The camera setups can be called up quickly and become the default, in this aspect it has it all over the Sekonic.

                    The color screen is a very nice touch, to the nay sayers get over it, yes it does look a little amateur, however future incarnations I'm sure will be outstanding. I have come to really like this feature. The active function is clearly visible as it's color is obvious to the eye.

                    The on dial, mmmm, the jury is out on this one. The dial combines, reflected (non diffuser), incident diffuser disk up and down and obviously off. To me it seems all a bit too busy, my concern is a switch combined with other physical components, maybe a good place for things to go wrong .... I don't like it but have come to accept it. A switch is the way to go, I'm sure the boffins can wax lyrical as to why their system is best, well it's not, get some side buttons

                    The battery compartment .... I would say is appalling, perhaps a work in progress, it is held on with a screw and look amateur, it detracts from the meter.

                    I work with flash, I work with Elinchrom and this meter is a dream, it just works. My previous method was to use my Sekonic in flash ready mode then fire my strobes with a Skyport transmitter, very clumsy. I have too much money invested in Elinchrom to change and DigiSky has come to the rescue. Gossen literature indicates that other radios will become incorporated within the meter via USB upgrade, an interesting future for all.

                    The charger, well the American plug doesn't fit the Australian outlets, thank god it charges by USB. Charges off my laptop or iPhone charger, very neat.

                    In summation, I would thoroughly recommend this meter to any prospective purchaser, it is a top line product in every aspect, sadly it's in a toy body. Give me a Sekonic with the DigiSky features, plus DigiSky ease of use and I would be in heaven. Better still, Sekonic, please fit a SkyPort transmitter.

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Fabulous product

                    By Keiron

                    from Sydney, Australia.

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                      This light meter is such a leap forward from the Sekonic units I've been using. It's super slim, light weight and can just slip in your back pocket. The display is simple to read, has a great layout and it's in colour. The menu system is so good that you don't need to refer to the instruction book.
                      Best of all .... it wirelessly triggers all my Elinchrom lights.
                      Well done Gossen, you've done to light meters what Apple did to the phone market.

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                      5.0

                      Best Meter for Elinchrom wireless

                      By Gary A

                      from Concord, NH

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Compact
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Gossen DIGISKY Flash and Ambient Light Meter:

                        Use with the Quadra's and just so smooth. The screen is the best I have ever had.

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