Playing With A Spectra Combi II
So I have this Spectra Combi II meter, designed for cinematographers, and it's really neat. It takes incident light readings and reflected light readings. OK, that's not new, my Gossen Luna-Pro does that too. The really neat part is, it has two photocells. One reads the reflected light at the same button press with the other one taking the incident reading. It has a mode to average the two.
That's the good news.
Before I go any further, yes I know that each meter has its own angle of acceptance, and that various brands may differ in how they think the meter should be calibrated (etc.). So we don't expect them to agree.
Except that most of mine do agree. Just not The Spectra Combo II. It calls for about 2/3 stop to one stop more exposure than my digital Luna-Pro, Norwood Directors, the meters in my Leicas, Nikons . . .
Well, it could simply be wrong. But it seems to me there is no aging process in modern meters with silicon blue cells and such. So it has occurred to me, that since cinematographers usually shoot negative films, which tolerate some overexposure, maybe the Spectra is calibrated with this in mind? No, that's crazy. It's just wrong. Right? I should send it in.
But has anyone else played around with the Spectra Combi II? What has been your experience with it? Is it worth the trouble to get it calibrated and to use it?
May the light be with you.