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Sekonic C-500 Prodigi Color Light Meter Digital and Film

    Sekonic C-500 Prodigi Color Light Meter Digital and Film

    Manufacturer: Sekonic

    Item #: C-500   •   MFG #: 401-500


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    The new Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500 and C-500R is the world's only photographic color meter designed to read spectral sensitivity of both color film and CCD and CMOS sensors used in modern digital still and DV cine cameras.

    Serious photographers and cinematographers know that good lighting and proper exposure are more important now than ever. With the higher demands of today's digital medium, "garbage in" can mean hours of postproduction. They know that color is a critical factor when multiple light sources are involved. Changing reflectors, adding diffusion or adjusting power levels will result in a color temperature change that needs to be corrected. They know that taking the time to do it right is always a good investment because "perfect in" always looks better than an image that has been adjusted.

    Color Control Command Center
    Easy, one-touch display. The world's most comprehensive array of color/illumination information. The PRODIGI COLOR C-500 and C-500R put you in command of any color control situation.

    Digital and Film Compatible
    The PRODIGI COLOR C-500 and C-500R measures and displays color temperature and compensation values in LB/CC index or filter numbers for both digital and film cameras. In Digital mode, the color temperature and compensation readings are based on human visual response. In Film mode, readings are based on the color characteristics of traditional photographic film. By engineering the spectral characteristics of both systems into a single meter, Sekonic designers have given today's digital and film photographers greater control over lighting and color reproduction than ever before.

    Engineering a meter to accurately measure color for both human visual response (digital sensors) and the characteristics of photographic color film required more that just creating a new set of algorithms to process the data. Properly measuring red intensity was a major hurtle. Sekonic designers solved the problem by incorporating four color sensors: a Red sensor for visual/digital response (Rd); a Red sensor for photographic film response (Rf); a Green sensor (G); and a Blue sensor (B). They then developed a new "Simulated Spectrum" software solution (patent pending) that emulates the blue and green channel color response for both digital and film.

    Illuminance Measurement
    The brightness of continuous light sources is displayed in LUX (lx) or Foot-Candle (FC). Illuminance measurement is especially useful for cinematography, videography, theatrical and other applications that require precise control light source brightness.

    Color Values Displayed in Three Ways

    The color temperature is displayed for human visual response in Digital Mode or the spectral response for photographic color film in Film Mode.

    Light Balancing in MK-1 (Per Mega Kelvin) and Color Compensation Index correspond to light source filtration systems. The correction values can be directly entered into the color adjustment mode of some professional DSLR cameras.

    Light Balancing and Color Compensation filtration for lens or light-source filtration is displayed in direct filter values. The display can be adjusted to read out in KODAK Wratten, LEE or FUJIFILM filter systems.

    Other Functions
    Flash Color Measurement Flash readings are available in non-cord, cord and wireless modes at shutter speeds from 1 to 1/500 second. Flash brightness is read in two intensity ranges, H (high) for high-power studio strobes or L (low) lower power or shoe-mount flash units.

    Nineteen presets enable adjusting display values to compensate for differences in film types, light sources, digital sensors, or personal preference. An eight-character readout onthe display allows creating custom naming for easy identification of th

    • Features

      • Operating temperature range: -10 to +50 deg. centigrade
      • Power: Two AA 1.5V batteries (Alkaline, Manganese, lithium, Nickel, NiCd and NiH)
      • Dimensions: 2.4"W x 6.2"H x 1.1"D (62mmW x 158.6mmH x 28mmD)
      • Weight: 8.1 oz ( 230g) with batteries
      • Standard accessories supplied: Soft case, Strap, Synchro terminal cap, Operating manual, Quick Guide, 2 AA dry cell alkaline batteries
      • Main functions: Color temperature measurement, illuminance measurement, Custom settings, Preset White Balance/Color Compensation, Color/illumination contrast comparison, Battery power indicator, Auto power off, Automatic EL backlight, Jog wheel lock, Tripod socket
      • Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
    • Specifications

      • Type: Three-color photographic color meter with four sensors to determine visual (digital) or photographic (film) color temperature of light sources and filtration required
      • Receptor head: Rotating (90' to the right/180'to left) receptor head containing four filtered photo diodes under flat incident light receptor

        Measurement Type
      • Digital mode : Visual Color Temperature (based on color matching function)
      • Film mode : Photographic color temperature (based on film spectral characteristic)

        Measuring Modes
      • Ambient: Yes
      • Flash: Cordless/Cord-in

        Measuring Ranges
      • Color Temperature: 2,300K to 20,000K
      • (At ISO 100 equivalent): Ambient light: EV3 to 16.3 (20lx to 200,000lx)flash light: Range Low F No.2.8 to 22 (20lx/s to 1,300lx/s); Range High F No.16 to 90.9 (640lx/s to 38,000lx/s)
      • Illuminance: Ambient light: 2.5lx to 610,000lx; 0.23FC to 56,500FC

        Display Modes
      • Digtal: Ambient/Flash light:
      • *Visual Color temperature + CC index
      • *LB filter number + CC filter number(Fuji's LBA/LBB, Kodak Wratten/LEE filter number)
      • *LB index + CC index
      • Film: Ambient/Flash light:
      • *Photographic Color temperature
      • *LB filter number + CC filter number(Fuji's LBA/LBB, Kodak Wratten/LEE filter number)
      • *LB index + CC filter number
      • Illuminance: Ambient light only:
      • *Lux(lx)
      • *Foot-candle(ft-cd)

        Display Ranges
      • Measured color temperature: 2,300K to 20,000K
      • Selected color temperature: 2,500K to 10,000K
      • LB index: -500 to +500 (in MK-1)
      • LB filter number: Fuji's LBA/LBB: LBB20 to LBA20
      • Kodak Wratten/Lee: 80A+80D to 85B+81EF
      • CC index: 80G to 80M
      • CC filter number: 200G to 200M
      • Illuminance: 2.5lx to 610,000lx0.23FC to 56,500FC
      • Shutter speed: Flash light: 1s to 1/500s (in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 steps) plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400
      • Preset no.: Digital mode: 19
      • Film mode: 19
      • Dot matrix display: 8 user-adjustable characters

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