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Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500 Photographic Color Meter for Digital & Film

SKU: SKC500 MFR: 401-500
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About the Sekonic C-500

The Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500 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. It has easy, one-touch display. The world's most comprehensive array of color/illumination information.

Sekonic C-500 Includes

  • Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500 Photographic Color Meter
  • Soft Case
  • Strap
  • Synchro Terminal Cap
  • Operating Manual
  • Quick Guide
  • 2 AA Dry Cell Alkaline Batteries
  • Sekonic Warranty

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Sekonic C-500 Features

  • Digital and Film Compatible: The PRODIGI COLOR C-500 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
  • 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
  • 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

Sekonic C-500 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 recepter
Digital mode Visual Color Temperature (based on color matching function)
Film mode Photographic color temperature (based on film spectral characteristic)
Ambient Yes
Flash Cordless/Cord-in
Color Temperature 2,300K to 20,000K
At ISO 100 equavalent 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
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
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)
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 610,000lx
0.23FC 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
Operating temperature range -10 to +50 deg. centigrade
Power Two AA 1.5V batteries (Alkaline, Manganese, lithium, Nickel, NiCd and NiH)
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
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
Warranty Sekonic warranty
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