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Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate - Analog Incident and Reflected Light Meter

B&H # SEL208 Mfr # 401-208
You Pay: $126.00

The Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate is a compact light meter which combines incident and reflected light measurement, and has been carefully designed to provide simple, one-handed operation. The printed digits are large and have been color coded for easy recognition of all readings. The L-208 also features a convenient accessory mounting shoe to attach the meter to the accessory flash shoe of many cameras, making the meter accessible and handily positioned for metering most subjects from the camera position.

Utilizing a lithium CR2032 battery, the Sekonic L-208 has increased operation time and fewer battery changes. Also featured on this meter is a battery check button to monitor battery voltage. A 33° measurement angle with guide in reflected mode provides decisive means for choosing values to measure in comparison to most economical meters with a wider reflective measuring angle. A new Hold and Read function grabs and maintains the current reading for 15 seconds after release of the measurement button, making more time for evaluation of the scene.

Compact light meter combines incident and reflected light measurement
Convenient accessory mounting shoe to attach the meter to the accessory flash shoe of many cameras
Hold and Read function grabs and maintains the current reading for 15 seconds
Measuring System Incident and reflected ambient light; Silicon photo diode
Measuring Modes Ambient incident and reflected (33 degrees)
Receptor Head Non-rotating, non-interchangeable.
Aperture/Shutter Priority Match needle
Display Readout Indicator needle
ISO Range ISO 12 ~ 12500 in 1/2 stop increments
f/Stop Display Range f/1/4 ~ f/32 in 1/2 stop increments
Shutter Speed - Ambient 30 seconds to 1/8000th second; Special display speeds: 1/5, 1/10, 1/25, 1/50, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400, 1/800
Shutter Speed - Flash None
EV Range (ISO-100) EV 3 ~ EV 17 incident and reflective
Cine Speeds No
Exposure Memory No
Shadow/Highlight Calculation No
Brightness Difference No
Flash to Ambient Ratio No
Multiple Flash No
Exposure Calibration No
Power Source One 3V coin-type lithium battery model CR2032; Battery check
Dimensions 1.8 x 2.6 x 1.0" (40 x 65 x 24mm) WDH
Weight 1.4 oz (40 g)
Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate - Analog Incident and Reflected Light Meter
  • Strap
  • Carrying Case
  • CR2032 Lithium Battery
  • Accessory Shoe
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    SekonicL-208 Twin Mate Meter
     
    4.2

    (based on 53 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

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    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (46)
    • Lightweight (43)
    • Accurate (36)
    • Consistent (33)
    • Strong construction (11)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (8)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (42)
    • Film (18)
    • Portraits (15)
    • Photojournalism (8)
    • Artwork (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (6), Professional (4), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (21)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    The best meter still manufactured!

    This light meter is, in my opinion, one of the best light meters still manufactured. It is amazingly simple, and increadably accurate!!! I depend on this meter to give the proper...Read complete review

    This light meter is, in my opinion, one of the best light meters still manufactured. It is amazingly simple, and increadably accurate!!! I depend on this meter to give the proper exposure that I need at the most critical times and it does so with ease and accuracy. I HIGHLY reccomend this meter. It is also extremely easy to use! Also, believe it or not, this meter has held up to being dropeed a few times and is still in top shape...Even though it is plastic, it was built well!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    ok, but i will not recomend.

    small, consistent and easy to use which is what i needed it for. perfect for my street photography. for the price though the construction is very bad. battery contact keeps failing and i...Read complete review

    small, consistent and easy to use which is what i needed it for. perfect for my street photography. for the price though the construction is very bad. battery contact keeps failing and i have to remove the battery and bend it back out. when this meter breaks or i become too irritated with the battery problem i'll find another brand. i really like its form and function, wish it was made better.

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    4.0

    Small and convenient

    By 63Alfred

    from Seattle WA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Film

      Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

      Good for all types of light readings. Small and easy to pack.
      Exposure wheel turns a little too easily and thus is easily changed by accident.

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      4.0

      Simple, compact, and accurate....

      By Alberto Custo

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Consistent
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Film
        • Photography

        Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

        Great little meter! Portable and accurate, I still shoot film and use this for my street photography, carrying it around my neck, I get quick incident readings and great exposures time and time again!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great little meter

        By Author

        from Charlotte, NC

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Consistent

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography

          Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

          My son is a professional photographer in Charlotte, NC and I got this for him as a Christmas gift. He loves it, especially when he has to go on a location shoot. It's reliable, easy to use and is absolutely a one-handed operation. Great product, great company, and very good price.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Sekonic mini

          By Big H

          from Naples FL

          Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

          Simple and functional

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great basic light meter

          By Guillermo

          from Tijuana, México

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Consistent
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Photojournalism

            Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

            I used it as a guide to shoot with my old new Rolleiflex T, so far no complains. I`d try it on B&W and negative color film. I still need to try it on slides, but I don´t think it will give something less than well expossed frames. It is a great product for the price.

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            2.0

            Mixed Results

            By Joe

            from Valley Stream,NY

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Inconsistent

            Best Uses

            • None Of The Above

            Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

            I tried to get some advise from sekonic about the L-208 to no avail, I had to call & finally spoke to some one who couldn't wait to hang up but at least gave some info and that's all,there is no customer service to speak of & all their tutorials are about the much more expensive meters.!!!

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            5.0

            very good for the price

            By rawben

            from salem nh

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Film
              • Photography

              Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

              I use this when I take photos with my mamiya rb67, so far so good.

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              • No

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Good Little Machine

              By Semi Pro Photographer

              from Ellinwood, KS

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

              Nice Little Machine if you know how to use it.

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              4.0

              Good buy

              By Frogus

              from NC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography

                Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                I use this meter with my bronica and its works very well.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Very nice meter for the price

                By Kat

                from Malvern, Ar

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Consistent
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                  Nice manual reflective incident light meter attaches to camera or you can strap it around your neck. Very easy to use.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Works well, not fiddly

                  By John

                  from Arlington, MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Film
                    • Photography

                    Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                    I bought this meter as an alternative to my Gossen Luna-Pro. This meter is much smaller, doesn't take up a whole pocket when I'm out and about with old cameras like a screw-mount Leica. The dial has excellent contrast and readability, I think it's easier to read than the Luna-Pro without my reading glasses. It can be used one handed, and the 15-second hold of the meter reading helps with that, but it is more "fiddly" than the Luna-Pro. The Luna-Pro still trounces it in low light, and does feel much better in the hand (but not in the pocket).

                    The accessory shoe mounting bracket looks like such a silly idea I haven't even tried it.

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                    5.0

                    Should have got one sooner

                    By one90guy

                    from Baytown, Texas

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Film
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                      I use a lot of older cameras that have no meter and own a Sekonic L-428 which is a great meter but some what large and heavy. The L-208 is light and fits in my shirt pocket, easy and quick to use. Readings match my 428 and Nikon digital camera.
                      It is lightly constructed out of plastic which is not a problem for me but I am very careful carrying and storing my equipment.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Great Portable Meter

                      By Dave

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Compact
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Film
                        • Photography

                        Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                        -It's small/portable and convenient.
                        -Battery lasts forever.
                        -Easy to read multiple settings
                        -Affordable
                        -Great Build Quality

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                        5.0

                        IT IS AGREAT PORTABLE LIGHT METER

                        By VINCENT

                        from FL

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Compact
                        • Consistent
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Film
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                          PORTRAITS

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Simple and straight forward

                          By Nokook

                          from Long Beach, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Compact
                          • Consistent
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Artwork
                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                            Simple to use and works great!

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Simple, Accurate tiny meter!

                            By acrossphotography

                            from So. Cal

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Accurate
                            • Compact
                            • Consistent
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Film

                              Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                              Great meter for averaging daylight on the go. I throw this in my pocket and take my old Rollie out and it's extremely accurate. Highly recommend for a student as well.

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                              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              3.0

                              Small but limited EV range

                              By Ford Prefect

                              from San Antonio, Texas, USA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Consistent
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography

                                Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                                This is a very small and light eight meter that will fit in a jacket pocket. Its upper brightness range ends at EV17 which is easily exceeded reflectively on sunny clear sky days in the Western USA where I have been using it. However I happily trade EV range for the compact light weight form factor, analog display, and battery auto shut off.

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                                3.0

                                Handy item

                                By Montana Birdman

                                from Livingston Mt.

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Readout in half stops
                                • Useless in low light

                                Best Uses

                                • Flying bird photography
                                • Photography

                                Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                                I shoot digital, but find this meter just the ticket for shooting flying birds. I simply take an incident reading, put the camera on manual exposure and fire away. Perfect exposures without worrying about the background the birds fly in front of. Unfortunately it does not do well in low light such as heavy overcast. Also it reads out in half stops, so you have to guesstimate thirds; but that has never been a problem. I have had this for a couple of years and had no problem with durability. I only take two stars off because of the low light problem.

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                                4.0

                                Very handy and accurate

                                By Andrzej

                                from Poland

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Consistent
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                • Delicate
                                • Fragile
                                • Poor Construction

                                Best Uses

                                • Photography

                                Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                                It is very easy to use and nicely designed as far as the handling is concerned. However, I am taking off one star for the build quality and robustness; the device is looking nice but it seems to be rather fragile, especially the flash sliding mount. All is plastic and it is rather the thin kind of plastic.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great Light Meter

                                By videoemilio

                                from Vero Beach FL

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Consistent
                                • Instant battery testing
                                • Lightweight
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Artwork
                                  • Film
                                  • Photography
                                  • Photojournalism
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                                  I use this light meter for my Polaroid 110B conversion. It works great.
                                  No problems at all. I can get quick readings because the numbers are large and easy to read. I like the battery test Indicator, you can tell if you need a new battery at an instant.

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