Zoom Function Sekonic L-508

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by ross_chambers, May 22, 2003.

  1. In what circumstances would the use of a 4 degree angle, or any
    intermediate angle between 1 degree and 4 degrees be
    appropriate? There's nothing in the handbook, but I assume that
    there is a reason for the design of the meter's zoom function and
    a technique to be practised utilising this function.
    Thanks - Ross
  2. I don't think there's any magic to it, Ross. The zoom just lets you meter a larger area if you want to. Personally, I just leave mine at the 1° setting.
  3. Hi Ross

    The situation where I use the wider angle of view most is when contrast is low (e.g. a cloudy day). I'll typically set the zoom to 4 degrees and take a reading (and place it in memory) of the sky, deep shadow and an open area. Press the average button and voila a perfect mid value reading.

    There are plenty of other times when it's convient to use a wider angle such as when the main subject is uniformly lit and large. Here I set the wide angle and move the view around the subject looking for whatever variations the meter detects.

    Edge effects (going from bright to dark) can be interesting too.

  4. I use it set to 1 deg almost all the time. The exception is when 1 deg isn't enough and I'm forced to average. Then I'll sometimes zoom out to adjust the spot so it covers a texture like sand or pebbles, to make sure the reading is a good average. But this is rather unusual.

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