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Details about  Minolta Color Meter 3F Digital Ambient & Flash Readings

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Minolta Color Meter 3F Digital Ambient & Flash Readings
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Jan 12, 2012
US $609.00
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Great Neck, NY, United States


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Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: Color Temperature



Consistently Accurate Color Reproduction

The Minolta Color Meter III F makes it much easier for photographers to maintain consistent color under various types of illumination. The meter measures the color of the light illuminating the subject and determines the filtration and/or white balance setting required to correct that illumination for the film or digital camera in use.

Measurement of Both Ambient Light and Flash

Measurement for Both Film and Digital Cameras 

The Color Meter IIIf can take measurements of both ambient and flashlight  . Ambient measurements are taken by positioning the meter and pressing the measuring button. Measurements are possible under illumination levels from EV 3 to EV 16.3 at ISO 100. Flash readings can be taken in either cord or non-cord mode, with selectable shutter speeds from 1/500 to 1 second in full-stop increments. Measurements are possible for flash power levels corresponding to apertures (at the meter position) from f/2.8 to f/180 at ISO 100.

Analyze Function

When measuring both ambient light and flash, selecting the Color Meter IIIf's analyze function will subtract the ambient light, and display only the measured results for flash light.

Three Major Film Types and Versatile Display Modes

Measurements can be taken for any of the three major film types: Daylight (balanced to 5500K), Type-A Tungsten (balanced to 3400K), or Type-B Tungsten (balanced to 3200K). Measurement results can be displayed as LB (light-balancing) and CC (color-compensating) indexes, Kodak Wratten filter number and CC index, or photographic color temperature (determined color temperature based on film sensitivity or). Kelvin temperature display for white balance setting of digital cameras. Direct display of Kodak Wratten filter numbers makes selecting filters very quick and convenient; if two Wratten filters are necessary, the Color Meter IIIf displays both numbers.

Custom-Tuned Meter Readings

Color Meter IIIf users can store their own personal correction values for the recommended filtration. Correction values for LB, CC, and Kelvin indexes can be stored in any of the meter's nine memory channels to custom-tune meter readings for the desired color reproduction. The correction values are added to the initial measured values to calculate the final displayed results.


For as complex an instrument as the color meter IIIF is, it is amazingly simple to use. Enter the film type (daylight or one of the two types of tungsten)...For ambient readings, simply meter off the subject in the same way you would use an ambient light meter. A position half way between light source and camera position often gives the truest results. Then the meter will display the corresponding LB and CC Wratten filter numbers (you have all of the them right? :-), or Kelvin temperature. Add those filters or Kelvin temperature and you are good to go. If you don't like the "true" color reproduction that the meter is suggesting, you can enter a target color temperature and it will give you the filters or Kelvin temperature you need to achieve that. In this way you can custom balance the settings for a favorite film or "warming" or "cooling" effect.

The new flash functions are awesome!! Before I only used my Color Meter II for tungsten setups and outdoor shots. The meter now has the ability to handle light blending from tungsten/flash combos and other complex metering situations that use lights that issue 2 different color temps. You can even isolate the flash or ambient light and color correct JUST for that light. In this way you could add filters to your flash or tungsten heads to correct JUST them.... or add filters to the lens to give pure white light from one source but off colored light from another, or change the white balance settings in your digital camera. The combinations are endless. More importantly the meter can handle extremely fast flash synch speeds so that it can better calculate the balance between instant flash lighting and ambient light and more properly correct for it. I had a meter from another manufacturer that could only do a 1/60th synch and the color temp would often be off a tad if I used a faster synch with the camera since a 1/60th allows MORE ambient light than a 1/400th.... changing the color temp.

I cannot over emphasize just how simple it is to use this thing. Your exposure meter is probably much more complicated. Once you use it a few times it will not add ANY significant time to your shooting and it will save you LOTS of time in post processing.

Constructed like a tank. The shell is ABS plastic and it is well weatherproofed. It can be used outdoors in the rain (a time when you REALLY NEED it). It is not waterproof, it is water resistant. It will hold up great like all the Minolta meter products.


Now that you may have made the move to digital you will be using the color meter even more. With a digital camera's ability to dial in precise color temperatures manually you can achieve a more accurate result than with manual white balance. I dare say that the color meter is even MORE relevant in the digital age then it ever was.

I believe that this is one of the most accurate color temperature meters ever made. The Minolta Color Meter 3 has many improvements over the older color meter 2. It is a fantastic do everything color meter.  Everything is built into this meter. No accessory attachments are necessary to read the light from your electronic flash. It is very fast and responsive compared to older color meters such as the Minolta Color meter 2. It is very well made. If you want to get it right the first time and every time this is the color meter for you. It works equally well for film or digital cameras. This is a top-of-the line, High End professional meter. "It's the Best"

Included with this magnificent very lightly used meter is perfect color balance. I may have the instruction book or photo copy of it. If I can locate it, it will be sent with the meter.

The meter is in 98% mint condition. My price is very reasonable. This may be your chance to own one of the best color temperature meters, at a very smart price.

The meter maven is always looking to buy clean quality photographic equipment. We pay a premium price for quality equipment. Contact us last and let us know what you have to sell.

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