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.

    jim
     
  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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