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Sekonic L-308S Flashmate - Digital Incident, Reflected and Flash Light Meter

B&H # SEL308S Mfr # 401-309
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To accommodate the demands for an affordable, lightweight and digital ready light meter, Sekonic redesigned the popular L-308BII. This meter offers the latest in component technology and precise calibration for accurate digital exposures. Software enhancements now offer the photographer a choice of Full, 1/2 or 1/3 step selectable aperture settings to display data just the way today's digital camera does.

With 1/10th of a stop measurement and read out, accurate and consistent exposures are a snap for D-SLRs or point and shoot digital cameras. The LCD panel has also been improved for better readability. Information such as ISO, measuring modes and selected settings has been redesigned similar to the very popular Sekonic L-358 FlashMaster.

New Features of the L-308S

Weather resistant
Full, 1/2 and 1/3 selectable f/stop increments
1/10th of a stop increment displayed
Improved LCD display
Increased accuracy
Enhanced icons and symbols for better readability
Ultra-Compact professional flash/ambient lightmeter
Cord or cordless flash measuring
LCD panel provides large clear display of measured exposure data and set mode
Single mode selection button for setting ambient or flash measuring
Digital semi-circular bar indicator displays battery condition and aperture in 1/10 increments
Measuring System Incident or reflected for flash and ambient light; Silicon photo diode
Measuring Modes Ambient and flash (cord, cordless) - incident and reflected (40 degrees)
Receptor Head Non-rotating, non-interchangeable
Aperture/Shutter Priority Shutter speed priority
Display Readout Improved LCD - Digital LCD; Enhanced icons and symbols for better readability; 1/10th of a stop increment displayed; ASA and battery indications are always on
ISO Range ISO 3 ~ 8000 in 1/3 increments
f/Stop Display Range f/0.5 ~ f/90 9/10; Full, 1/2 and 1/3 selectable f/stop increments
Shutter Speed - Ambient 60 sec. ~ 1/8000 sec
Shutter Speed - Flash 1 sec. ~ 1/500 sec
EV Range (ISO-100)
  • Display range: EV -5 ~ EV 26.2
  • Measuring Range: EV 0 ~ EV 19.9
  • Cine Speeds 8 ~ 128fps
    Exposure Memory No
    Shadow/Highlight Calculation No
    Brightness Difference No
    Flash to Ambient Ratio No
    Multiple Flash No
    Exposure Calibration No
    Power Source 1 "AA" battery
    Dimensions 4.3 x 2.5 x .9" (110 x 63 x 22mm) WDH
    Weight 2.8 oz (80 g) without battery
    Sekonic L-308S Flashmate - Digital Incident, Reflected and Flash Light Meter
  • "AA" Battery
  • Lumidisc
  • Soft Lumidisc Case
  • Case for L-308B II and L-308S Light Meter (Replacement)
  • Strap for L-308,L-328, L-318, L-408, L-718 and L-778 Meters
  • Synchro Terminal Cap
  • 3-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SekonicL-308S Flashmate Light Meter
     
    4.6

    (based on 242 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (161)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (70)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (205)
    • Accurate (195)
    • Compact (194)
    • Consistent (152)
    • Strong construction (62)

    Cons

    • Poor quality (14)
    • Inaccurate (3)

    Best Uses

    • Photography (195)
    • Portraits (156)
    • Film (42)
    • Artwork (25)
    • Photojournalism (25)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (81), Photo enthusiast (58), Pro photographer (44), Photography student (14), Casual photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (124), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    My first flashmeter

    I was looking for easy-to-use, compact and inexpensive flashmeter since I started to visit photo courses and do my own studio work.
    After reading numerous reviews, forums and sites (including usefull reviews...Read complete review

    I was looking for easy-to-use, compact and inexpensive flashmeter since I started to visit photo courses and do my own studio work.
    After reading numerous reviews, forums and sites (including usefull reviews here, at BH), L-308S became the obvious choice !
    First of all, it's great in terms of number of features vs. price. L-308S is very compact, light, good quality build and truly easy to use. I've started to correctly utilize it after first few minutes of reading the manual (This is my first flashmeter ever).
    Then, for the studio photographer it provides everything you might need - various modes of metering light (ambient, flash, with and without cord etc), it meters light correctly (I have compared the results with other flashmeters). Another convenient feature is that you can adjust this flashmeter right to your camera (1, 1/2, 1/3 values), so you can get correct readings.
    Size and weight are also pleasent since you can take it with you anywhere you go easily.
    So, if you are looking for an excellent flashmeter at justified price, look no further - L-308S is the right choice !

    I couldn't find any real cons about this product since it does everything you need from it and the price is just right.
    For my everyday use it is completely enough and something more sophisticated (and pricy) I will buy probably after a few years only.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    works, too simple, no aperture priority

    I didn't realize when ordering this that it can only be operated in a mode that gives an EV reading or in shutter priority mode, where you select the shutter speed you want and...Read complete review

    I didn't realize when ordering this that it can only be operated in a mode that gives an EV reading or in shutter priority mode, where you select the shutter speed you want and it gives the corresponding aperture. Once you take the reading, you can push the up/down buttons to change the shutter speed until you get the aperture value you want, and you can then read the appropriate shutter speed. But this is a painfully inefficient way of doing things.

    This meter works fine and seems accurate enough. It is just too basic for my purposes. And it offers no spot metering. If all you need is a basic incident light meter, and you don't mind the lack of aperture priority mode, then I see nothing wrong with it.

    I don't use strobes, so I didn't test the flash metering.

    The ambient light mode without the lumisphere is a bit problematic as you don't know what field of view you are covering and it has no shade, so a bright light source like the sun, even if it is out of the field of view of your shot, would often strike the lens, cause substantial flare, and throw off the reading.

    I decided to just use my Sigma DP2s as my light meter for my large format work as I can do spot metering and can see exactly what I am metering, and I can use exposure compensation (you can change the ISO to accomplish that on the l308s). I have much more control. The biggest drawback there is that I cannot select very small apertures like f/64. So some math is needed when I need small apertures.

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    5.0

    The Brighter Picture

    By Hunter Sloan

    from Shreveport, LA

    Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

    I have found that the Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Ligt Meter has improved the capturing of light in my recent images. It has allowed me to receive a much more accurate reading than just using my in-camera meter.

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    5.0

    Fantastic

    By Farya

    from Vancouver, Canada

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Consistent
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits

      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

      Another fantastic light meter from Sekonic to meet any budget! This little meter changes the lighting of your shots drastically...from amateur to semi-professional. It's as accurate as the larger, top of the line Sekonic meters. I use it mostly for incident metering of portraits in both ambient and flash shots, but it works equally great in reflective metering.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Nice!!!!

      By Franny

      from Minneapolis Minnesota

      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

      Always useful and right on point always.

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      5.0

      Good Things Come In Small Packages

      By Wannabe Photographer

      from Brooklyn NY

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

      So small, yet so useful, so user friendly, So glad to have it!!

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      5.0

      Great product, does what it should

      By Vladdy

      from New York

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Accurate
      • Compact
      • Consistent
      • Lightweight
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Photography
        • Portraits

        Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

        Great product, does what it suppose to. Not much else to say.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        As advertised

        By Moke

        from Memphis, Tn

        Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

        First experience in using a light meter, but works as advertised.

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        5.0

        Excellent compact versatile light meter

        By Kile

        from Kamloops, BC

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Consistent
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artwork
          • Film
          • Photography

          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

          Great meter, quick delivery.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Very intuitive and easy to use Meter

          By Keith

          from Kansas City, Missouri

          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

          I finally replaced my old meter after 20 + years and was concerned about a learning curve with anything new. While there are some features I need to explore the basic functions for measuring light with this meter is very intuitive and simple to figure out. 15 minutes with the manual and a few test shots to assure myself it was accurate and I was completely comfortable with my new 308s.
          I recommend this meter to anyone looking for an affordable upgrade or for someone's first meter.

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          3.0

          Good on a budget

          By jzzybme

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Inaccurate
          • Poor Construction

          Best Uses

          • Photography

          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

          Your basic light meter. Nothing much to it. The white part slides out of nowhere and gives of inaccurate readings. It could benefit from better construction. Other than that, it gets the job done.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Great small meter

          By Jim

          from NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Consistent
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

            It took a few minutes to get this going but it has run very well since then.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            great product

            By Angel

            from Lakeland, FL

            Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

            outstanding product. gr err at value for the price. works great with my Nikon D7100.

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            5.0

            Great Light Meter...worth the price

            By Lee VanLandingham

            from Florence Mississippi

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

              This meter is easy to use. The direction show exactly how to use it in language that is easy to understand.

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              • No

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              2.0

              Didn't keep it long

              By DB

              from Texas

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Poor Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                For the money I expected the meter to be better built. It acts and feels cheap. The lumisphere slides out of position too easily. Price was too high for this model.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Light Meter

                By BB

                from SC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Consistent
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                  I use a Canon Speedlite 580EX II and a 580EX on a light stand with 43"Westcott Umbrellas for portraits in offices etc. I use a Canon 6D in manual mode, also set the Speedlites in manual mode. I set the flash output on the speedlites, set the shutter speed & ISO on the Sekonic L-308S, take a test shot and it tells me the Aperture. It takes out the guesswork, very simple to use. Works great when not using a flash also.

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                  5.0

                  Great meter

                  By H.B.

                  from Farmers Branch, TX

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Compact
                  • Consistent
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                    A great basic meter. Perfect for a beginner or intermediate photographer like myself. Easy to operate and accurate. We tested it side-by-side with a professional photographer's $+ Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster light meter outdoors from full sun to deep shade and it was dead-on accurate with the L-758DR!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Awesome Light Meter for the price

                    By Ziggy Zo

                    from Flint, Michigan

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • None That I See Yet

                    Best Uses

                    • Photography
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                    For years I thought I did not need a meter for portraits. I would just use the meter on my Nikon D300s, D90 Or D40x and take several shots until I got the right exposure. But a friend finally convinced me to buy one. I should have bought this years ago. My life is much better now. Saves time from doing the math, of the Triangle. ISO, Shutter and Aperture.

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                    5.0

                    Extremely effective

                    By MNP

                    from Roseville, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                      This light meter just plain works. I plug a pocketwizard into the unit and my first time out of the gate I had perfect exposures. That was the first time I didn't even touch the exposure in lightroom.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      If I can use it, anyone can use it

                      By Magoogle

                      from Eau Claire, WI

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                      I picked this up to use in a portrait studio that I'm setting up in my home. The L-308S Flashmate was a breeze to learn how to use. The setup was easy and the instructions were very clear as to how to use it. Now I just have to learn what to do with the readings I'm getting.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Nice Meter

                      By DME

                      from Spring Valley, N.Y.

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Compact
                      • Consistent
                      • Lightweight
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                          I really like the ease and simplicity of this light meter. However, I brought this quite a few months ago when I had no idea what I was looking for and what my needs were. Would I buy one now,I would look into a meter that I can set the shutter speed to 1/80th of a second (I use that shutter speed most of the time)as oppossed to this light meter that jumps from 1/60th of a sec to 1/125.

                          Besides for the shutter speed issue as mentioned above, I love using this meter! It takes the guessing out of photography and lets you get perfectly exposed shots.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          It Works!

                          By LuckyLindy

                          from Maryland

                          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                          Smooth transaction! Great Product!

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