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|Metering Method||Incident light and reflected light (with optional attachment)|
|Receptor Head||Lumisphere convertible to flat diffuser (with retracted Lumisphere)|
|Receptor Element||Silicon photo diodes|
|Measuring Modes||Ambient: Aperture priority measuring, Shutter speed priority measuring, TF priority measuring, Cine measuring, HD Cine camera measuring, Illuminance measuring (lux, foot candle), Luminance measuring (foot-lambert, cdm2)
Flash: Cord Mode (with/without multiple cumulative), Cordless Mode (with/without multiple cumulative)
|Measuring Range||Ambient- Incident: EV -2 to 22.9 (approx. f/2 at 15 sec. to f/22.9 at 1/8000 sec.) / Reflected: EV 3 to 19.9
Flash light- Incident: f/1.0 to f/128.9 / Reflected: f/2.8 to f/128.9
Illuminance- 0.63 to 2,000,000 lux / 0.10 to 180,000 fc (EV -2 to 19.6)
Luminance (Reflected Light)- 1 to 980,000 cdm2 (EV 3 to 22.9) / 0.29 to 290,000 fl (EV 1.5 to 22.9)
|Repeat Accuracy||+/- 0.1 EV or less|
|Calibration Constant||Incident: Lumisphere C = 340, Flat C = 250
Reflected: K = 12.5
|Power Source||2x AAA dry cell batteries (alkaline, manganese, lithium, nickel hydride, or nickel-based)|
|Operating Temperature||14-122°F / -10-50°C (no condensation)|
|Storage Temperature||-4-140°F / -20-60°C (no condensation)|
|Dimensions||2.2 x 5.5 x 1" / 57 x 140 x 26 mm|
|Weight||4.6 oz / 130 g (without batteries)|
So I'll make this short and sweet. I use it for cinematography, metering on set for ambient light. This meter was just too slow, the bootup time is such a drag coming from an l-758. The touch responsiveness wasn't that great, the buttons were slow to respond/load.
Actually have not used this much yet, but I have looked over the interface and i like how it's pretty easy to use. (Just wish it had an incident meter! :( )
When I first got into photography thousands of years ago, I bought a light meter, but had no clue how to use it. Umpteen years later and I am shooting more in a studio using flash and strobes. I love this tool for this purpose.
A great addition to the meter. Helps narrow the metering angle for tele glass.
Best light meter for film. Goes up to high ISO and is super user friendly with the touch screen. If it broke i'd buy the same one again.
I have used few other Sekonic light meters before. I have owned the L-508 before, I thought I was upgrading when I bought the L-478 and sold the L-508. I was wrong !I thought it was a total downgrade; perhaps my unit wasn't accurate especially doing measuring strobes.
Awesome, easy to get started using. More features than I think I will be needing for some time but very glad I got it.
A great light meter for speedlight or strobe photography. The only downside is that the 5 degree spot meter attachment is extra.
I've been using a Sekonic L-518 for over twenty years and that is my comparison reference for the L-478. What's immediately noticed as missing from the L-478 is the ability to take reflectIve light readings without the optional spot attachment.
I love my Sekonic 478DR lightmeter and working with it has always been a joy. With buying the spot meter attachment I was believing to get something adequate in quality for my money.