Gossen Starlite 2 Exposure Meter

Item number: 15765
  • the brightness values can assigned to the defined grey values (measurement of the zone)
  • spring-loaded battery cover
  • attractive black housing
  • the Universal Exposure Meter unites all common appliances and functions in one device
  • exposure meter for ambient and flash light
  • light and object measurement possible
  • very lightweight and thin
  • simple in use
  • huge display
  • light measuring in two angles
  • splash-proof housing with key lock
  • digital display in tenth step
  • automatically activated illumination of display
  • exposure times for the standard series can be changed to ½ values
  • second ISO value can be activated
  • incident light measuring by means of diffusor with spherical and planar characteristics
  • object measurement with 1° and 5° measuring angle
  • flash light measurement (Cord/Noncord), readout of ambient light, multiple flash calculation,
  • analogue contrast display in full stops +1/2
  • averaging of up to 9 measuring values
  • memory for setting values and measured value
  • programmable exposure correction
  • different brightness values are assigned to gray values in a defined fashion
  • Special-CINE-Meter, additionally selectable sector sizes than 180°, no conversion with formules required
  • Illuminance and luminous intensity measurement with continuous illumination and flash, precise measurement of time-integral quantities
  • with sync socket, therewith direct activation of flash device through Exposure Meter
  • incl.bag, carrying strap, battery, instruction manual, brief instruction
  • top quality made in Germany!
Item description

The Starlite 2 Exposure Meter from Gossen is a versatile, high performance instrument-it is ideally suited for all types of measuring tasks in the fields of photography. It unites an exposure meter for ambient and flash light, Cine Meter for videographers as well as a measuring device for lighting and photometry. Certainly, the clear arrangement of the operation elements and digital display is given. Additional measurements, beyond normal use, can be individually adjusted by the user. The Starlite 2 can be easy switched to a full-fledged Cine Meter for every videographer and his requirements! The battery cover is elastic, so that it is easy to change the batteries.

Technical specification

General information

Product Color Black
Length 164mm
Width 66mm
Height 26mm
Weight 195g


Candlemas Method Plan/spherical, switchable
Object Measuring Method 1°/5° switchable, search field approx. 12°
Illumination Measuring Photometry
Shortest Measuring Distance 1000mm
Measuring Extent Continuous Light Light measuring LW -2,5 to +18
Measuring Extent Flashlight (with ISO 100/21 °) Light measuring f/1,0 bis f/128, Objective measuring 1° f/2,8 to f/128, Objective measuring 5° f/1,4 to f/128
Measurement Value Processing Digital
Repeatability ±1 digit (= 0,1 LW/EV)
f-number F/0,5 to f/128
Exposure Times Leaders: 1/8000s to 60min, shiftable s: 1/6000, 1/3000, 1/1500, 1/750, 1/350, 1/180, 1/90, 1/45, 1/20, 1/10, 1/6, 1/3, 1/0,7, 1.5, 3, 6, 10, 20, 45 m: 1.5, 3, 6, 10, 20, 45
Flash Measuring Times (gate times) 1 to 1/1000s
CINE Analogous Scale F/1,0 to f/128, zone 0 to X
CINE Sectors Corner 180 °, other corners adjustable in 5 ° steps
CINE Number of Gears Leaders: 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 50, 64 connectable: 2, 3, 4, 6, 36, 40, 48, 60, 72, 96, 120, 128, 150, 200, 240, 255, 300, 360
Other Announcements Measuring function, overrun and underlow (for measurement and announcement), battery control
Correction Value LW -9,9 to +9,9 / VF 1,0 to 955
Display LCD
Zonal Measurement Yes
USB-Interface No


Battery 1,5V Mignon; type AA
Operating Period For more than 5000 measurements with alkali manganese batteries, with an accepted portion flash measurements 30% and switched on lighting 3% h
Automatic Company Control Yes


Girth 517mm
Height of Packaging 79mm
Length of Packaging 215mm
Weight incl. Packaging 468g
Width of Packaging 140mm
Included in delivery
  • 1x Gossen Starlite 2 Exposure Meter incl. Bag, strap, battery and brief instruction
Examples of Use

Measurement modes

continuous light,
  Flash light (Cord/Non-cord),
  Incident light measuring (planar/spherical,switchable),
Object measuring (1°/5° switchable, viewfinder approx. 12°)
  Analogue-, Digital display,
  Contrast measuring,
  averaging (from up to 9 values)
  Display of ambient light
  Multi-flash calculation
  Zone system
  CINE Meter (180° rotary disc shutter, additionally selectable sector sizes in 5° steps)
  photometry (illumination level, LED,  
flash light intensity and flash luminance)
Measuring sensor 2 sbc photo diode
Shortest measuring distance approx. 100cm
Incident light metering ambient LW -2,5 to +18
(ISO 100/21°) Reflected light metering 1° LW -2,0 to +18
  Reflected light metering 5° LW 0 to +18
Incident light metering flash Incident light metering f/1,0 to f/128
(ISO 100/21°) Reflected light metering 1° f/2,8 to f/128
  Reflected light metering 5° f/1,4 to f/128
Data processing digital
Repeat accuracy ±1 Digit (= 0,1 LW/EV)
Film speed ISO 3/6° to ISO 8000/40° (in 1/3 steps)
Aperture f/0,5 to f/128
Shutter speed Standard values:
  1/8000s to 60min
  s: 1/6000, 1/3000, 1/1500, 1/750, 1/350, 1/180, 1/90, 1/45, 1/20,
1/10, 1/6, 1/3, 1/0,7, 1.5, 3, 6, 10, 20, 45 m: 1.5, 3, 6, 10, 20, 45
Flash sync speeds (Torzeiten) 1s to 1/1000s
Flash calculation with changes with changed measurement periods 1s to 1/1000s
Multiple flash calculation up to 9 flashes
CINE speeds Standard values:
  8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 50, 64
  2, 3, 4, 6, 36, 40, 48, 60, 72, 96, 120, 128, 150,
  200, 240, 255, 300, 360
Further values in lx, fc, cd/m2, fL, lx2, fcs, cds/m2, fLs
Other read-outs Measuring function, outranging the measuring range, battery control
Analogue scale f/1,0 bis f/128, Zone 0 bis X
LW -9,9 to +9,9 / VF 1,0 to 955
Battery 1,5V (AA) or Akku 1,2V
Service life of battery For more than 5000 measurements with Alkali-Mangan batteries (for estimated 30% flash measurements and 3% switched on lighting
Dimensions approx. 164x66x26mm
Weight without battery approx. 195g
Accessories included Bag, strap, battery, instruction manual and brief instruction


Incident light measurement: Accurately exposed image recordings
The Starlite 2 allows for high precision incident light measurement, which is above interesting for portrait, object and fashion photography. It measures and analyses light which strikes the motif, regardless of the objects reflectivity.
Complete control of lighting contrast leads to well balanced exposure results and allows for targeted use of the available range of dynamics.
And the meter only takes illuminance into consideration, not object brightness. The user is thus able to count on obtaining correct evaluation, as well as good results, with both brighter than average and dark motifs. Optical influences which could lead to erroneous measurement data are eliminated automatically by the Starlite 2. Even objects which greatly deviate from the medium gray tone are reproduced with correct color and tonal values, as long as white balancing is correctly executed for the digital camera.



Diverse options for professional photography
The Starlite 2 places a broad range of options at the fingertips of the user, allowing him to consistently implement his own individual ideas regarding depth of focus and motion. Precise light values make it possible to quickly and simply compare two measurements.Time selection: Measured aperture is displayed
Aperture selection: Measured time is displayed
Light value: Measured exposure value EV is displayed
Targeted Use of the available range of dynamics-optimized workflow
Precise metrological analysis of both illumination and the motif make it possible for the photographer to take ideal advantage of the available range of dynamics of the recording sensor and the outputr media, right from the very start. Adaption by means of frequently tedious post-processing is thus rendered unnecessary.
Contrast measurement: from the brightest to the darkest areas of the motif with detail
Mean value generation: based on measured values from important areas of the image
Zone measurement: different brightness values are assigned to gray values in a defined fashion.


Object Measurement: High precision thanks to additional measuring options
Where object measurement is concerned, the Starlite 2 evaluates light reflected from the object to the camera from the standpoint of the photographer. Motif brightness is analyzed during this process, i.e. light resulting from reflection and absorption. The measurement results are influenced alone by illuminance and object brightness which results therefrom. All types of measurement can thus be performed, right on up to the zone system.
Effectively produced, perfectly illuminated-with the zone system
With the Starlite 2, the final visual results can be subjected to creative planning before the image is recorded: Use an 11-stage zone system makes it possible to evaluate deviating brightness within the motif in consideration of exposure, such that adequate tonal values and detail are present even in the bright and dark areas of the motif to assure exact reproduction. As a standard feature, obtained measurement results correspond to the medium gray tone (18% reflection) in the zone V tone scale. All of the details which are important for an image recording can then be individually measured on this basis.


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