Gossen Digipro F GO 4033 Flash and Ambient Lightmeter
A high precision exposure meter with remarkably versatile functions, the Digipro F exceeds the requirements and demands of the professional photographer and the dedicated amateur shooting in both digital media and film-based cameras. Some of the unique features of this meter are: Flash measurement, using a cord or non corded, This meter is also compatible with most radio slave transmitters. Multiple flash calculation, digital read-out (LCD) in 1/10 steps, analog indication of the contrast in 1/2 step increments, storing in memory of values measured and preset, preprogramming of exposure corrections, recalling of all suitable shutter speed/ aperture combinations for a given reading, comprehensive range of frame speeds (fps) for CINE, incl. 25 and 30 fps (TV), automatic battery control, comfortable one hand operation.
- Brand: Gossen
- Model: GO 4033
- Dimensions: .65 pounds
Very accurate meter
Gossen meters don't have the bells and whistles of some others but one thing I trust them for is accuracy. I have tried other brands and have seen the inconsistency among them in their readings, up to 2 stops between the same model even.
This model is an upgrade from my older gossen digi 6 flash meter as I wanted a swivel head, otherwise they are similar meters.
Another note is that even in this instant preview digital age for serious studio work a flash meter is still a must for studio work.
A Good All Around Meter
For a mid-priced meter, this is an excellent meter. Extraordinarily accurate, light weight and does what it's supposed to just as well as Kenko/ Minolta/ Sekonic.
Gossen is one of the oldest names in the business and they have been doing it right for an eon. It's measurements are right on with my Gossen Digi-Spot and my Broncolor FCM2. This Digipro is just easier to bring on location.
For the money, good
Gossen meters are best suited for outdoor photography, they are calibrated for 5500K daylight. It has been rumored that the japenese meters such as Sekonic and Minolta are calibrated at 3400K.
From my experience using both, I would suspect this is true.... differences can range from a little, to more than a stop....
I like everything about this meter, EXCEPT the ergonomics...to move the up /down button, which you use the most, you must cross your right thumb over to the opposite side of the meter. This is a great meter for a lefty, but not a righty. Hence the 3 stars. Its benefits IMO are, uses standard AA battery, very slim, easy to read numbers... it is really just an incident meter, as the spot meter reads 25 deg, which is not much of a "spot"...but might get you out of a jam at times...
The reliability for the money, can't be beat though.... But if you want ergonomics, the Sekonic dual spots, with their spin wheels are ideal, they fit the hand perfectly... and all the controls are where they should be.
Update: After some time with this meter, its readings became erratic. I no longer use the meter, it could have been a lemon, not sure....