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

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

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

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

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  • Digital Incident and Reflected Readouts
  • Digital Footcandles and Lux Readouts

Color: Yellow

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This is a yellow, Spectra Professional IV-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.

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.
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Spectra Cine Professional IV-A Digital Exposure Meter (Yellow)
  • Soft Case
  • Neck Strap
  • Flat Diffuser
  • PX28 Battery
  • One-Year Warranty
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    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
          Packaging Infovebbrxdsaxxqcyywaq
          Package Weight 0.74 lb
          Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.0 x 5.0 x 3.5"
          Professional IV-A Digital Exposure Meter (Yellow) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 22.
          Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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. 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.
          Date published: 2008-06-12
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most accurate meter out there! 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.
          Date published: 2014-05-01
          Rated 4 out of 5 by from a good choice 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.
          Date published: 2008-10-18
          Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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. 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.
          Date published: 2008-04-17
          Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good 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
          Date published: 2008-06-20
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid meter handles rigorous daily use!! 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!
          Date published: 2011-01-12
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful 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...
          Date published: 2012-11-30
          Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good meter I have used this light meter to keep consistent lighting records when shooting on non-consecutive days. Also, rather than just 'eyeballing' exposure, the meter gives accurate exposure readings.
          Date published: 2008-09-03
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