A new exposure meter is available from Gossen. The Â£200 Sixtomat F2 is capable of measuringÂ both ambient and flash light sources, with 1/10-stop exposure accuracy.
With a contrast-adjustable liquid crystal display and the option of reflected or incident light metering, the F2 offers everything you could need in a light meter, without many frillsÂ or theÂ expense of some higher-end productsÂ availableÂ onÂ the market today.
Location shooters can take advantage of the Sixtomat F2’s ability to return flash:ambientÂ ratios in order to balance the light perfectly for the scene. With a suitable sync cord you can use the meter to trigger your flashes, or else use the cordless mode where it detects a flash firing. Sync speeds up to 1/1000s are supported, so you should have no troublesÂ with quick-syncing compact cameras such as the Fujifilm X100S.
Depending on your preference you can choose between 1/2 and 1/3 stop increments in the readout. For video capture, there is also a “Cine” mode, including 25 and 30 fps settings. The device runs on a single AA battery.
Do you use a light meter, or are they old hat? Would you consider this one?