With the ProDigi Color C-500R, Sekonic gives photographers the world's only photographic color meter designed to read spectral sensitivity of both color film and CCD and CMOS sensors used in today's digital still and DV cine cameras. Identical to the C-500, the "R" model adds wireless triggering for your flash and camera.
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.
Controlling the light in front of your camera is the first step in your color workflow.
|As long as you are working with a single light source, you can count on the white balance function of your camera or computer to get the color you want. However, add a second light, a light modifier, or work on location with today's mix of tungsten,halide, vapor and fluorescent lights, and you will either have to fix it up front or fix it later, if you can. How do you arrive at a common, single color tone that is easy for your camera or software to correct? How do you introduce additional flash illumination in the foreground without making it look like,well, additional flash illumination? And knowing that the color accommodation of your eyes and brain make unaided color adjustment nearly impossible to judge by yourself, how do you know how much color filtration is enough and when you've overcorrected? If color is important, a Sekonic C-500 Series color meter should be in your arsenal of photographic tools.|
Wireless Radio Triggering Mode
|The Prodigi Color C-500R is the first color meter to incorporate a flash triggering radio transmitter module. Simply press the measuring button to wirelessly trigger flash units up to 100 feet away. The built-in transmitter is compatible with PocketWizard radio triggering systems, as well as the PocketWizard Wireless Freedom partners (Photogenic, Norman, Lumedyne, Dyna-Lite and Profoto with built-in PocketWizard radio technology). TheWireless Radio Triggering Mode offers 32 digital coded channels and Quad-Triggering Zones.|
Digital and Film Compatible
|The Prodigi Color 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 photographicfilm. By engineering the spectral characteristics of both systems into a single meter, Sekonic designers have given you greater control over lighting and color reproduction than ever before, regardless of your medium.|
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 hurdle. 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.
Brightness and Color Value Display
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 of light source brightness.
Color Temperature Display (in Kelvin)
The color temperature is displayed for human visual response in Digital Mode or the spectral response for photographic color film in Film Mode.
LB/CC Index Display
The LB (Light Balancing) in MK-1 (Per Mega Kelvin equivalent to Mired) and CC (Color Compensation) Index correspond to light source filtration systems.This simplifies the selection of amber (CTO) or blue (CTB) filtration as well as the amount of magenta or green (CC) filtration needed to balance the colorof the lights you are using.
Also, the correction values can be directly entered into the color adjustment mode of some professional DSLR cameras.
LB/CC Filter Number Display
Used primarily for film applications, amount of lens filtration needed is directly indicated in both LB (Light Balancing) and CC (Color Compensation) filter values. The display can be adjusted to read out in KODAK Wratten, LEE or FUJIFILM filter systems in the custom setting MENU.
|Measuring System||Three-color photographic color meter with four sensors to determine visual (digital) or photographic (film) color temperature of light sources and filtration required|
|Measuring Modes||Ambient: Yes|
|Flash Cordless/Cord-in: Yes|
|Radio triggering: Yes (Model C-500R ONLY)|
|Receptor Head||Rotating (90° to the right/180°to left) receptor head containing four filtered photo diodes under flat incident light receptor|
|Aperture/Shutter Priority||Not Applicable|
|Display Readout||Dot matrix display : 8 adjustable characters|
|Digital: 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|
|CC index: 80G to 80M|
|CC filter number: 200G to 200M|
|illuminance: 2.5lx to 610,000lx 0.23FC to 56,500FC|
|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|
|lluminance: Ambient light only; Lux(lx); Foot-candle(ft-cd)|
|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|
|Radio Triggering Channel:|
|CH1 to 32 (C-500R only)|
|Quad-triggering zone A, B, C, or D (C-500R only)|
|ISO Range||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/2.8 to 22 (20lx/s to 1,300lx/s) Range High F/16 to 90.9 (640lx/s to 38,000lx/s)|
|f/Stop Display Range||Flash light:|
|Range Low: F/2.8 to 22 (20lx/s to 1,300lx/s)|
|Range High: F/16 to 90.9 (640lx/s to 38,000lx/s)|
|Shutter Speed - Ambient||1 to 1/500sec|
|Shutter Speed - Flash||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|
|EV Range (ISO-100)||Not Specified by Manufacturer|
|Cine Speeds||Not Applicable|
|Exposure Memory||Not Applicable|
|Shadow/Highlight Calculation||Not Applicable|
|Flash to Ambient Ratio||Not Applicable|
|Multiple Flash||Not Applicable|
|Exposure Calibration||Color calibration is done in the factory and MAC service center. The photographer can make Pre-Set corrections to reflect the differences in his system, which will be appreciated by film photographers|
|Power Source||Two "AA" 1.5V batteries (Alkaline, Manganese, lithium, Nickel, NiCd and NiH)|
|Operating temperature range: -10 to +50° centigrade|
|Dimensions||2.4 x 6.2 x 1.1" (62 x 158.6 x 28mm) (WHD)|
|Weight||8.1 oz (230g) (with batteries)|
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Sekonic Prodigi Color C-500R Color Meter with Built-in Wireless Triggering Module
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