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Sekonic C-500R Prodigi Color (With Radio Transmitter)

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Controlling the light in front of your camera
Wireless Radio Triggering Mode
Digital and Film Compatible
Brightness and Color Value Display

Other Functions
Color Control Command Center
Optional Accessories for Wireless Radio Triggering

Controlling the light in front of your camera is the first step in your color workflow.
As long as you are working with a single light source, you can count on the white balance function of your camera or computer to get the color you want. However, add a second light, a light modifier, or work on location with today's mix of tungsten,halide, vapor and fluorescent lights, and you will either have to fix it up front or fix it later, if you can. How do you arrive at a common, single color tone that is easy for your camera or software to correct? How do you introduce additional flash illumination in the foreground without making it look like,well, additional flash illumination? And knowing that the color accommodation of your eyes and brain make unaided color adjustment nearly impossible to judge by yourself, how do you know how much color filtration is enough and when you've overcorrected? If color is important, a Sekonic C-500 Series color meter should be in your arsenal of photographic tools.

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. The built-in transmitter is compatible with PocketWizard radio triggering systems, as well as the PocketWizard Wireless Freedom partners (Photogenic, Norman, Lumedyne, Dyna-Lite and Profoto with built-in PocketWizard radio technology). TheWireless Radio Triggering Mode offers 32 digital coded channels and Quad-Triggering Zones.

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. In Film mode, readings are based on the color characteristics of traditional photographicfilm. By engineering the spectral characteristics of both systems into a single meter, Sekonic designers have given you greater control over lighting and color reproduction than ever before, regardless of your medium.


Engineering a meter to accurately measure color for both human visual response (digital sensors) and the characteristics of photographic color film required more that just creating a new set of algorithms to process the data.
Properly measuring red intensity was a major hurdle. Sekonic designers solved the problem by incorporating four color sensors: a Red sensor for visual/digital response (Rd); a Red sensor for photographic film response (Rf); a Green sensor (G); and a Blue sensor (B). They then developed a new "Simulated Spectrum" software solution (patent pending) that emulates the blue and green channel color response for both digital and film.


Brightness and Color Value Display
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 of light source brightness.

Color Temperature Display (in Kelvin)
The color temperature is displayed for human visual response in Digital Mode or the spectral response for photographic color film in Film Mode.


LB/CC Index Display
The LB (Light Balancing) in MK-1 (Per Mega Kelvin equivalent to Mired) and CC (Color Compensation) Index correspond to light source filtration systems.This simplifies the selection of amber (CTO) or blue (CTB) filtration as well as the amount of magenta or green (CC) filtration needed to balance the colorof the lights you are using.
Also, the correction values can be directly entered into the color adjustment mode of some professional DSLR cameras.

LB/CC Filter Number Display
Used primarily for film applications, amount of lens filtration needed is directly indicated in both LB (Light Balancing) and CC (Color Compensation) filter values. The display can be adjusted to read out in KODAK Wratten, LEE or FUJIFILM filter systems in the custom setting MENU.
Other Functions
Flash Color Measurement
Simultaneous color measurement of flash and ambient light is available in non-cord, cord and wireless modes at synch speeds from 1 to 1/500 second. Flash brightness is read in two intensity ranges, H (high) for high-power studio flashes or L (low) lower power or shoe-mount flash units.

Preset White Balance / Color Compensation Function
Nineteen presets enable adjusting display values to compensate for differences in film types, light sources, digital sensors, or personal preference. An eight-character readout on the display allows creating custom naming for easy identification of the compensation value.

Memory (Δ) Function
A simple way to observe differences in light-source brightness or color is with the C-500 Series memory function. Simply take a reference reading and press the memory (Δ) button. Then press the measuring button and measure any other light source to see the difference in brightness (foot-candle or Lux) or color (Kelvin or filtration).

Power Source
Uses convenient AA alkaline, lithium, or rechargeable batteries.

Custom Settings
1 Shutter speed steps (Full, 1/3 step or 1/2 step)
2 Target color temperature increments (100K, or 10MK-1 Step)
3 LB index display step (1MK-1, 1daMK-1 step, w/o decimal point, 1daMK-1step with decimal point)
4 LB filter number display (Kodak/LEE or Fujifilm)
5 Automatic power off setting (20, 10, 5 minutes, or no setting)
6 Illuminance measurement mode (No display, both lx & FC, either lx or FC)
Color Control Command Center
Easy, one-touch display. The world's most comprehensive arrayof color/illumination information. The Prodigi Color C-500R puts you in command of any color control situation.

Type: Color meter with 4 internal sensors for digital or film camera

Receptor Head: Rotating Head 90° to the right, 180° to the left receptor head containing four filtered photo diodes under flat incident light receptor

Light Receiving Method: Incident light

Receptor Incident Light: Flat diffusor (fixed type lumidisc)

Light Receptor Element: Silicon photo diode (4 sensors) with visible transmitting filter

Measurement Types: Digital Mode - Film Mode

Measuring Range and Modes

Measuring Modes Ambient Light: - Lux (lx) / Foot candle (FC)

Measuring Modes Flash: - Measurement using the included wireless flash radio triggering system

- Without synchro cord

- With synchro cord

Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Light: EV 3 to EV 16.3 (20 lx to 200,000 lx)

Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash: - Range Low f/2.8 to f/22 (20 lx/s to 1300 lx/s)

- Range High f/16 to f/90.9 (640 lx/s to 38,000 lx/s)

Measuring Range Illuminance: 2.50 to 61000lux - 0.23 to 56500FC

Measuring Range Color Temperature: 2300K to 20000K

Display Range and Modes

Display Modes: Digital, Film and Illuminance

Display Range (Measured) Color Temperature: 2300K to 20000K

Display Range LB Index: -500 to 500 (in MK-1)

Display Range Selected Color Temerature: 2500K to 10000K

Display Range CC Index: 80G to 80M

Display Range LB Filter Number: Fuji's LAB/LBB-LBB20 to LBA20 - Kodak Wratten/LEE-80A +80D to 85B +81EF

Display Range CC Filter Number: 200G to 200M

Dot Matrix Display: 8 user-adjustable channels

Display Preset: 19

Display Range Illuminance: 2.50 lx to 610000 lx - 0.23 FC to 56500 FC

Display Range Sync Speeds: 1 sec. to 1/500 sec. (in 1, 1/2, or 1/3 stops) plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400.


Exposure Out Of Range: U (underexposure) or O (overexposure)

Auto Power Off: Yes, time elapsed in 4 preset values (approx 20 min, 10 min, 5 min or none)

Battery Power Indicator Display: Icon with 3 status

Tripod Socket/Shoe Mount: 1/4" - 20 thread mount

Battery(Power): (2) Type AA 1.5V Battery Alkaline, Manganese, Lithium, NiCad, NiMH, nickel types

Radio Triggering

Radio Triggering Radio: Complex 16/24 bit digitally coded

Radio Triggering Channels: 1 to 16 channels standard, 17 to 32 "Quad Triggering"

Radio Triggering Range: Up to 100 feet from transmitter to receiver

Radio Wave Frequency Europe: - CH1-CH16 433.62MHz

- CH17-CH32 434.22MHz

Radio Wave Frequency USA Canada: - CH1-CH16 344.00MHz

- CH17-CH32 346.50 - 354.00MHz

Dimension and Weight

Product Dimensions: 6.30x2.80x1.40 in./15.90x7.00x3.50 cm

Product Weight: 0.40lbs./0.20kg.

Item Includes

C-500 Case, 2 AA 1.5V Batteries, Syncro Terminal Cap and Strap


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