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Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter

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Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter

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Product Highlights

  • Color Touch Screen Interface
  • Still, Cine, Incident, Reflected, Flash Exposure Meter
  • Custom Exposure Profiles and Calibration
  • Flash Exposure Analyzing Function
  • Adjustable Menu Navigation
  • Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
  • AAA Battery Power Source
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The Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter is an incident and flash meter featuring a color touch screen interface. The touch screen-based navigation lends itself to a highly intuitive and efficient workflow, allowing you to quickly modify exposure settings and navigate menus. This meter is also highly versatile and capable of measuring flash, incident and reflected light for still, HD video, or cine applications.

The L-478D can be customized or adapted to your own specifications; depending on the metering modes you use most often, you can hide certain modes to create a more streamlined menu system. Exposure constants include shutter speed, f/-number, ISO, shutter angle, and frame rate; and the exposure variable can be decided upon depending on the situation you are working in. Illuminance and luminance values can also be taken, which are measured in footcandles/lux or candela per square meter/foot-lamberts, respectively. For more fine-tuned results, you can create and input personal profiles, allowing the meter to display exposure settings in accordance with your specific camera's dynamic range and clipping points.

Other settings available include the ability to memorize up to 10 different exposure readings in order to refer back for comparative overall measurements. The AVE/EV setting allows you to make one master exposure reading and have subsequent readings displayed as differential values based on the master exposure value. When working with flash metering, the flash exposure values can be expressed as a percentage of the flash-to-ambient light, giving you the ability to more easily alter and previsualize lighting ratios. Filter compensation and exposure compensation settings can also be applied in order to remove the necessity to apply different filter factors after a meter reading has been taken.

Color Touch Screen Interface and Design
  • The touch screen provides a more intuitive style of navigation and allows you to simply touch the settings you wish to adjust. Menu navigation is intuitive and the handling of various configurations becomes an expedited process.
  • Simple visual layout provides a clear view of your exposure setting and permits customization in regard to the information you wish to be displayed (including a choice of analog exposure scales (EV or f/-stops); 1, 1/2, or 1/3 step increments; the inclusion of 1/10 stops; and the option to hide metering modes you do not use frequently).
  • One physical menu button provides access to a more in-depth menu system that is then navigated through the touch screen. This menu allows for you to program exposure profiles and modify custom settings for your meter.
  • Measure and memory buttons are located on the side of the device for recording and initiating exposure readings. A PC sync terminal is located on the bottom of the device for direct, corded flash metering. A USB terminal is located on the side and provides a connection point to your computer for firmware updates and for loading exposure profiles to your meter. The attached light receptor features a retractable Lumisphere that can be rotated 90° clockwise or 180° counter-clockwise. It is also removable in order to facilitate the use of optional attachments.
  • Versatility Between Metering Methods
  • Ability to measure incident or flash light and display exposure readings as f/-numbers, shutter speeds, or ISO settings for use with still imaging, HD video, and cine uses. Exposure constants also include frame rate and shutter angle for a variety of motion uses.
  • Also capable of measuring illuminance as footcandles/lux or luminance as candela per square meter/foot-lamberts.
  • Flash metering can display the percentage of flash-to-ambient light within the scene for precise lighting ratios.
  • Comparative metering can be accomplished by using the AVE/EV function; allowing you to set a standard reading and have subsequent readings shown as the difference in exposure value.
  • Cinematic modes offer creative options for setting frame rates between 1 to 1000fps or shutter angles from 1° to 358°.
  • Filter compensation mode enables you to directly apply the effects of filters to your exposure reading. Up to four different filter factors can be applied at once, and up to 30 different filter factors can be stored for use (24 common filters are pre-programmed, including CTB, CTO, ND, +/- green, and 85 amber filters).
  • Custom Profiling
  • You can enable and disable different metering modes from showing up in menus, allowing you to configure the meter to your own personal workflow.
  • Calibration and custom profiling can be accomplished in accordance to your own personal camera by executing a series of exposure tests, processing the tests through Sekonic's Data Transfer Software (included), and outputting the results as a personal profile for use with your meter. These personal profiles confine your meter to work within your specific camera's dynamic range (up to 10 distinct profiles can be saved). Profiles can also be modified or created directly through the meter.
  • Display Range
  • ISO- ISO 3 to 409600 (in 1/3 steps)
  • Shutter Speed- Ambient: 30 min. to 1/6400 sec. (in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps), 1/200 and 1/400 sec. also available
    Flash: 30 min. to 1/1000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps), 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, and 1/400 sec. also available
  • Aperture- f/0.5 to f/162.2 (in 1/3 steps)
  • Frame Rate (f/s)- 1 to 1000 (20 types other possible settings)
  • Shutter Angle- 1° to 358° (20 types other possible settings)
  • EV- EV -27.9 to 55.8 (only effective with ambient light)
  • Analog- T scale: 4 to 1/2000 sec. (in 1/3 steps)
    F scale: f/1.0 to f/90 (in 1/3 steps)
    EV scale: EV -3 to 3 (incident light, in 1/3 steps) / EV -7 to 7 (reflected light, in 1/3 steps)
    Illuminance lux: 0 to 50,000 lux
    Illuminance fc: 0 to 5,000 fc
    Luminance cd/m2: 0 to 2,500 cd/m2
    Luminance fl: 0 to1,000 fl
  • Contrast- EV -9.9 to 9.9 (in 1/10 steps)
  • Filter Compensation- EV -5 to 5 (in 1/10 steps)
  • Compensation- EV -9.9 to 9.9 (in 1/10 steps)
  • 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)
    Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter
  • 2 x AAA Manganese Batteries
  • Operating Manual and Data Transfer Software CD-ROM
  • Soft Case
  • Anti-Glare Film
  • Strap
  • Start-Up Guide
  • 3-Year Limited Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter
     
    4.5

    (based on 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (28)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (25)
    • Lightweight (22)
    • Compact (20)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family photos (13)
      • Weddings (11)
      • Landscape/scenery (7)
      • Video (7)
      • Sports/action (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (29)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Always Trust Your Meter

      I purchased the L-478D for a movie I was shooting to replace my older Minolta meter. I was shooting digitally with two cameras and wanted a meter that was designed to read specifically...Read complete review

      I purchased the L-478D for a movie I was shooting to replace my older Minolta meter. I was shooting digitally with two cameras and wanted a meter that was designed to read specifically for HD. The meter worked better than I could have expected. I don't trust monitors as my sole tool for lighting and relied on my meter to give me exact light readings and levels. Even when the image looked right on the monitors I trusted my meter and set my stop according to my readings. Now that the footage has been seen, I am so happy that I trusted my meter and that I chose the L-478D. The menus are pretty easy to navigate and after a couple of hours of playing with it I was very comfortable using it on set. The display isn't quite as nice as it looks in all of the pictures, which is my only real complaint, but that aside I am extremely happy with it's performance and capabilities.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Poor Construction

      After just a month of mild usage the 478D lcd got damaged and Sekonic India says its not covered under warranty.The LCD glass is intact with not even a single scratch but the display inside...Read complete review

      After just a month of mild usage the 478D lcd got damaged and Sekonic India says its not covered under warranty.The LCD glass is intact with not even a single scratch but the display inside is damaged .478D is a showpiece and definitely not for the professional.A waste investment.Please think twice before buying it

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      5.0

      works great

      By nikongirl79

      from lehighton, pa

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

          Easy to use, works as it should.

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          • No

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          5.0

          works like it shoukd

          By Tna

          from tennessee

          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

          unit works as it should. I have never owned a light meter so there is a bit of a learning curve with it. very consistant with its readings. nice size, touch screen works well.

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          5.0

          Does the job well

          By BigRay

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy Included Case

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

            This is my first light meter, and I bought based on the strength of previous reviews. I haven't used it much, but it seems to do the job well enough. I have no complaints. I just wish it were cheaper :)

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            • No

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            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Litemaster pro l478

            By Charles

            from Charlotte, NC

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                My first time with one of these. Only used it a few times so far. Did a landscape, some archiving, and a few portraits. Works great. No chimping now ;) The touchscreen isn't like a smartphone, but it's adequate. I haven't calibrated it to my cameras yet, but will soon.

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                5.0

                Moving on up

                By Photographer By Rogers

                from Birmingham AL

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                The Sekonic meter complete my photographer equipment. Photos colors, DOF, look more realistic. I'm am now shooting manual 90% of the time. Understanding how my camera see light help in my decision to purchase a meter and everything pointed to Sekonic meters. Just had to decide which one. Great meter and for me, how to use iit was straight forward. Just jump in and play once you get it. You'll be happy with the new look of your pics.

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                5.0

                Great little light meter!!

                By Seth

                from Texas

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                Is a perfect little meter to take out in the field

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                5.0

                Great light meter

                By Halz

                from Boynton Beach, Fl.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                  Easy to use, with great features. Big help in tricky lighting situations.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Easy to use

                  By Iggy

                  from Destin, Florida

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                    This is my first light meter and I love it. I can't compare this light meter to any other, but I can tell you that is easy to use and Sekonic offer a lot of "Webinars" videos. Firmware is updatable using a regular mini usb port and is MAC compatible.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great things come in small packages

                    By mwaitt

                    from Dallas, TX

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Could Be A Tad Brighter

                    Best Uses

                    • Photos
                    • Video

                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                    I love this meter! I received it in the mail a few weeks ago and have been using it non-stop. Very easy to use and looks quite nice. Responsive and intuitive, Sekonic hit a homerun with this product!

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good compact light meter.

                    By sunshine

                    from NY

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel

                      Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                      Well I love the touch screen but it may consume too much of batteries so fast. I really don't like the touch screen because of the battery life. It's really compact than I expected before. I don't like the accessory for this one which is the spot viewfinder. It's too expensive and why wouldn't they just add this item with the light meter? Both spot and lumi meter are important and they put only one. One disappointing part is that they didn't add usb cable. Why didn't they add this important item that I couldn't update and add datas to mac. if you are going to purchase this light meter, you should have extra batteries for in case. Also if you are studio shooter, don't buy this. It's really uncomfortable to use it with light equipments.

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                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      Lighting Success!

                      By NikonD800

                      from Washington DC

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                        I use this for event and on location photography. It's extremely easy to use. By using the Sekonic I have taken out the guess work and saved a tremendous amount of time and removed the need for a lot of digital rework. Very happy with this product!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Excellent!

                        By Skooter

                        from Austin, Tx

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Studio Photography
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                          Light meters have come a long way since the L398! The L-478D appears to be an excellent value. It is easy to use, intuitive, and very accurate. The touch screen makes key information discernable at a glance and allows for quick adjustment of parameters and modes. I've noticed that it's actually pretty easy, not just to operate, but also to program the meter with one hand. The 478D is versatile, apparently designed to accommodate a wide range of applications: Cinematography, studio, and flash photography, etc.. I was pleasantly surprized to learn that a spot meter attachment is available for this meter as well. Nice!

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                          4.0

                          Great product, horrible manuals

                          By uforiainc

                          from Cleveland, OH

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Video

                            Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                            The Litemaster Pro does everything it says it does, but the manuals are horrible. Even the transfer software has it's own 100 page manual.It was much easier to find video tutorials online then to read the manual.

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                            4.0

                            Good product from Sekonic

                            By Priya

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                              This is my first light meter. So excited. Used couple of times but impressed by the quality. 4 star as i have used only few times. So far happy with my purchase.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Good Quality

                              By Gene H.

                              from Columbia, SC

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                    Good Quality meter

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                                    • No

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                                    4.0

                                    intuitive and accurate

                                    By bostonbarry

                                    from Boston, ma

                                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                    Using for a sort time - easy to use and accurate. The touchscreen is a bit finicky and not consistent but usable. Lots of features to exploe

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                                    4.0

                                    Convenient touch screen

                                    By Perce

                                    from Johnson City

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

                                      Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                      very easy to use, only grip is the ND stops adjustments are right at the end of the filters menu queue, Should be near the top of the queue.Has handy spot metering adapter as accessory.

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                                      5.0

                                      nice meter

                                      By steve

                                      from nor calif

                                      Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                      This is the goods. The touch screen is a bit different than that you find on a tablet but certainly works well. This has the DTS software that allows you to set up individual cameras with the color checker passport. I do wish there was not such a premium on the spot meter attachment, seems way overpriced to me.

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                                      5.0

                                      I definitely recommend it

                                      By Gabi A

                                      from Miami, FL

                                      About Me Photography Student

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                          Good price for high technology!

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                                          • No

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                                          4.0

                                          Awesome and Easy to use!

                                          By Gracie Lane

                                          from San Francisco

                                          About Me Photography Student

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Durable
                                          • Easy to read
                                          • Easy to Use

                                          Cons

                                          • Bulky

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Location Shooting
                                          • Studio

                                          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                          I just started using this on my shoots and it's everything I wanted. It's easy to use and read, I love the touch screen! It's just a bit too large for my liking since I have smaller hands, but it doesn't bother me that much.
                                          Another pro is that another photographer I know also go one dropped it on cement the other day and the fall didn't hurt it at all.

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