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

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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 60 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    88%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (51)
    • Lightweight (48)
    • Accurate (40)
    • Consistent (37)
    • Strong construction (13)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (10)
    • Inconsistent (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (47)
    • Film (18)
    • Portraits (16)
    • Photojournalism (8)
    • Artwork (7)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (21), Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (6), Professional (4), Enthusiast (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (27)

    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

     

    Handy item

    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...Read complete review

    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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    5.0

    Works great on Leica IIIf

    By Brian M.

    from Chicago, IL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography

      Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

      The perfect accessory for the Leica rangefinder cameras. Fits on the cold shoe and is accurate.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Review for Twin Mate Meter

      By None

      from Prestonsburg Kentucky

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Consistent
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

        The way you use the product is to set it for reflective or incendent lighting and depending on what setting you have it on you either measure the light from your subject to the camera or from the camera to your subject. I really like it because it is small and compact while still getting the job done. Have not found anything I don't like about it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Nice Little Light Meter

        By Adeep

        from Fort Lee, NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Consistent
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor Construction

        Best Uses

        • Photography

        Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

        Bought this light meter to replace an old Gossen that finally died. Seems like a terrific meter, light, compact and accurate. The only reason I gave it four stars is that the construction feels some what delicate, not sturdy like the old Gossen. The supplied soft case doesn't seem like it can take much of a beating. I actually did something I never do. I bought an extended warranty because it seems fragile, an issue many of the reviews mention. Over all, I really like it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        beautiful little light meter

        By fifi

        from canada

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Consistent
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography

          Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

          this is a beautiful little light meter that works perfectly and I use it with my old Rolleicord

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          it rocks!

          By Off_the_Grid_Panda

          from San Francisco

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Consistent
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography

            Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

            I recently dug out my Lunasix 3 after buying the Xrite colorchecker and reading how it works with a lightmeter. I've owned the Lunasix way back in the film days but with technology every seems to shrink in size and the Lunasix is now looking rather bulky. I 've had an eye on this L208 and the L398, which needs no battery but is twice the size. This one is the perfect size and can get tucked in my pocket and weighs next to nothing. It well built but it is plastic and may damage if you sit on it or drop it on a hard surface. I thought the dial seemed a little loose but after first use it was not a problem just need to be a little careful. I check it against my Lunasix and both gave me the same reading. This is great for street photography or landscape since it is so inobstructive and light. Easy to use, small and light...it rocks!

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great!

            By Angel

            from Houston, TX

            Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

            Easy to use. Get's the job done.

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            1.0

            unreliable

            By davman

            from New York, N.Y.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Inaccurate
              • Inconsistent
              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate Meter:

                This lightmeter broke shortly after I bought it. Sekonic was nice enough to fix it but now the meter needle moves with pointer needle when it is adjusted so I am afraid it is unreliable.

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                • No

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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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                  • No

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        • No

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                        (4 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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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                        • No

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                        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        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.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          (0 of 3 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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                          (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 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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                              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              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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                                • No

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                                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                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.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • Yes

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                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  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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