Measuring Black level
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Not that we need to do this for calibration… but some calibration customers want to know what their black level is, and I’d like to be able to mention credible black levels in product reviews for Widescreen Review. But… it’s not important enough to justify spending $3000+ on a Konica-Minolta LS-100.
Is there any instrumentation that can measure black levels reliably and down to maybe .001 fL (or lower) that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? A hand-held light meter for photography perhaps? If it doesn’t read out fL or cd/m2, that’s not really a problem, I’d be willing to do the math to convert units if necessary – small price to pay for saving $2700 or more.
I use a Konica-Minolta CS-200 meter… it’s color measurements start to get questionable around 0.05 fL or so. Luminance measurements seem to be reasonable down to about .01 fL or so, but get increasingly indecisive below that level. So it’s definitely not useful for black level measurements, especially from projection setups or most newer panel displays.
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