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

(based on 16 reviews)

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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.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not too sure

    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...Read complete review

    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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    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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            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 1 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.

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                            (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.

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