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Old 08-21-2005   #1
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Ok, I know you can use a gray card but it seems to me that there must be such a thing as a Kelvin Meter somewhere. I imagine it would work like a light meter or maybe it would be incorporated into a light meter.

Has anyone heard of a handheld Kelvin Meter for photographers? I think it would be much more exacting with certain shoots to take a Kelvin reading and then set the camera accrodingly.

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I know that Minolta makes a color meter. I think that Gossen does, too. And wouldn't be surprised if Sekonic makes one, too. They are specialty meters, and don't usually combine with a regular light meter. Years ago there were two kinds one measured two colors the other (called a tri-stimulous) measured three and was all around better, especially for non-continuous light sources like mercury or sodium vapor lights).

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Found some listed on the B&H site at

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...arch&Q=&ci=904

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Great! Thanks! I'll have to look at it a little further when I'm more awake. This could do what I want.

I'm thinking its perfect for sports when you go from daylight to night with stadium lights. Its much faster to take a reading and set your white balance on your camera to an exact kelvin rating.
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If you shot RAW, then you can save $ by processing the image accordingly, but then again if you factor in that your time is $ then may be the meter would be the cheaper alternative. Something to consider.
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Yeah, I know shooting in raw solves a big part of the question, but not all of it and like you said time is $. I don't shoot much in raw except in studio. All my sports and news that get uploaded to my agencies are all .jpg as speed is very important. If I have to convert all my images to .jpg before I upload them it could take hours to upload instead of minutes.

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I have used a color meter often when shooting film and in the studio. Primarily for fashion where balancing the color of the strobes, and matching the film, and the color of the clothes is extremely important. To pay $800 to $1000.00 for a color meter to balance digital images seems excessive. Clicking on the gray card in photoshop is faster and better.


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