Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500R Photographic Color Meter Built-in Wireless Triggering Module for Digital & Film

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About Sekonic C-500R

The Sekonic PRODIGI COLOR C-500R adds wireless triggering for your flash and camera. Sekonic provided the answer to exposure control with the L-758DR, the world's first meter that can be tuned to a film or digital camera. 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.

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.

Sekonic C-500R Features

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Sekonic C-500R Specifications

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)
Radio triggering
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)
Ambient light: 2.5lx to 610,000lx; 0.23FC to 56,500FC
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
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
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
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
Radio triggering
Channel: CH1 to 32
Quad-triggering zone: A, B, C, or D
Operating temperature range
-10 to +50 deg. centigrade
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, Wireless radio triggering
2.4"W x 6.2"H x 1.1"D (62mmW x 158.6mmH x 28mmD)
8.1 oz ( 230g) with batteries
Sekonic warranty

Sekonic C-500R Reviews

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When close enough is not good enough


from Avon, CT  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Indispensable in mixed lighting control, helps me get a better understanding of what quality of light is in a scene, and how to control the outcome. Balancing lights with confidence.

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