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Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card

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Product Highlights
  • Color Touch Screen Interface
  • Incident, Reflected & Flash Light Meter
  • Custom Exposure Profiles and Calibration
  • Flash Exposure Analyzing Function
  • Adjustable Menu Navigation
  • Retractable and Removable Lumisphere
  • Photo, Video and Cine Applications
  • AAA Battery Power Source
  • Includes X-Rite ColorChecker Passport
  • Includes Sekonic Gray Balance Card

The Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card combines the innovative L-478D incident and flash meter with the ColorChecker Passport to simplify the process of calibrating your camera for accurate exposure levels and colors. Utilizing free software from Sekonic and X-Rite, photographers can easily create an exposure profile of their cameras, calibrate their meters and make profiles that will deliver optimal color and exposure settings for specific photo and cine applications.  

The color touch screen-based navigation of the L-478D lends itself to a highly intuitive and efficient workflow, allowing you to quickly modify exposure settings and navigate menus. It 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.

The ColorChecker Passport provides the standard 24-color patch for creating DNG profiles, a creative enhancement target for evaluating warm and cool tones and shadows, a white balance target and the Sekonic Gray Balance Card available only in this special bundle. The Sekonic Gray Balance card enables you to do incident-only calibration with the Sekonic Data Transfer System (DTS) and reflected light calibration with the separately purchased Viewfinder 5º attachment.

The targets are housed in a protective, compact, "passport" case that reduces color fading and contains a built-in stand for optimal placement.

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)
  • ColorChecker Passport
    The X-Rite ColorChecker Passport provides photographic targets in a compact, durable case with a built-in stand for controllable shooting angles. Utilizing the included camera calibration software, it allows you to quickly and easily capture accurate color, enhance portraits and landscapes, and maintain color control and consistency from capture to edit. The Creative Enhancement Target provides enhancement patches and allows you to check shadow details and highlights and check and control color shifting. The Classic Color Target lets you evaluate specific colors and create a DNG profile and the White Balance Target will allow you to have consistent, customized, in-camera white balance.
    Sekonic Gray Balance Card
    Also housed in the ColorChecker Passport and only available bundled with the Litemaster L-478-Series meters is the specially produced Sekonic Gray Balance Card. The purpose of the Sekonic Gray Balance Card is to enable reflected-light calibration when using the separately purchased Viewfinder 5º attachment. There is an “Incident Only” calibration method available with Sekonic’s Data Transfer System that needs no additional accessories.
    Data Transfer System
    Sekonic’s Data Transfer System (DTS) simplifies exposure and meter calibration using the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport w/Sekonic Gray Balance Card. With Sekonic’s DTS Version 3, you can create an exposure profile and map out the dynamic range of your DSLR or digital video camera. Transferring this data to the Sekonic L-478D meter enables it to recognize which details of a scene or subject will be properly imaged and which will be over or under the range of the camera. There are two ways to calibrate the L-478D meters using Sekonic’s DTS Version 3 software: incident-only calibration using Sekonic’s DTS enables creating exposure profiles for precise metering without need for additional accessories and reflected-light calibration requires the L-478-series Viewfinder 5° attachment, available separately, to read the Sekonic Gray Balance Card for calibrated reflected-light readings.
    Light Meter
    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)
    ColorChecker
    System Requirements Windows:
    Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, or 7 (latest SP required, 32- and 64-bit versions supported)
    512MB RAM
    Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP or better CPU
    200MB of available disk space
    Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher
    Internet connection required for software update

    Macintosh
    Mac OSX 10.5.x, 10.6, 10.7, or 10.8 (with the latest updates installed)
    G4 Processor or higher (Intel recommended)
    512MB RAM
    350MB of available disk space
    Monitor resolution of 1024 x 768 or higher
    Format DNG
    Compatible Software Adobe Lightroom 2.0 or newer Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw 4.5 or newer Adobe Photoshop CS3 or newer Adobe Photoshop Elements 7 or newer Adobe Bridge CS3 or newer
    Languages English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
    Dimension (D x W x H) 4.9 x 3.5 x 0.4" (125 x 90 x 9mm)
    Weight 3 oz (80g)
    Environmental Requirements Temperature: 32-104°F (0-40°C) Humidity: 0-85% (non-condensing)
    Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card
  • 2 x AAA Manganese Batteries
  • Operating Manual and Data Transfer Software CD-ROM
  • Soft Case
  • Anti-Glare Film
  • Strap
  • Start-Up Guide
  • 3 x Photographic Targets
  • Protective Case
  • Camera Calibration Software
  • Limited 3-year Warranty for Light Meter
  • Limited 1-year Warranty for ColorChecker
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    Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (7)
    • Lightweight (7)
    • Reliable (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portraits (7)
      • Landscape photography (5)
      • Studio (5)
      • Everyday (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
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      4.0

      Good meter

      By Mike

      from Centralia, Illinois

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

        I am a certified professional photographer. I make mostly studio portraits and some outdoor portraits. I bought this meter to replace a Minolta flash meter IV that I have used since the 80's. I was displeased with the cheap case due to the fact that it doesn't have a flap to cover the top of the meter. Overall, I like the size and features of the meter and the screen is readable in full sunlight. I always shoot an in camera custom white and I already own the passport classic, but I wanted to try the camera profiling so I bought the package. Sekonic's software is not perfect. It took a while to figure out how to save several profiles into the meter. I still haven't figured out how to edit the clipping points on a saved camera profile. The meter gives accurate readings resulting in easy editing. I didn't buy the 758 due to the fact that I don't use a reflected meter reading.

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        5.0

        A great Tool For Light Measurement

        By Richie

        from Rialto, CA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

          This meter is dead on accurate and answeres the need for excellent accuracy of exposure.

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          5.0

          Great Product you can't be without!

          By Lee's aim and shoot

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

            If your serious about photography, then you have to use a light meter and a color checker. The Sekonic L-478 D and the x-rite colorchecker is a great combo to enhance your photo's and work flow. Stop guessing about your correct exposure. The L 478 D will give you the correct exposure, ISO and F-Stop with one click. It's easy to calibrate the L 478 D to your camera and then set your colorchecker up in Lightroom or Photoshop. With these two tools you will be taking great photo's in no time.

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            5.0

            Sekonic L-478D Light Meter rocks!

            By adhenri

            from NW Arkansas

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits

              Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

              I am an avid hobbyist and I am expanding my interests into portraits with a portable lighting studio. I have a Canon 7D and three Canon 430EX ii strobes. Because the Canon 7D can control the strobes wirelessly, I went with the L-478D light meter. This light meter has made a big difference in the quality of my pictures. I should have done this sooner.

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              5.0

              Great light meter

              By steve

              from mesa, az

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                  meets my needs and easy to use. nice to be able to disable the functions I'm currently not using.

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                  4.0

                  Quite Pleased

                  By K.J.P.

                  from Lubbock, TX

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                    This is my first light meter, and I am quite pleased with my purchase.

                    The included software needed to be updated (twice for my Windows 7 computer) and there was an update to the firmware of the light meter itself, but the update process was simple and straightforward.

                    I was able to perform the calibration of the light meter to my Canon 60D, though I wish there was more documentation or some sort of explanation of all the options and settings included. I found several Youtube videos which were very helpful in guiding me through the calibration process and Sekonic has a digital manual available on their site.

                    The touch screen of the L478D does not react the same way the screen on my phone does (the meter requires a firmer touch, for instance) but it didn't take much getting used to, and I haven't had any trouble with it.

                    The ColorChecker Passport seems to be very well put together and feels like a quality product.

                    I did encounter a problem when trying to use the ColorChecker to set up a custom color profile in LightRoom 4. For whatever reason, the Adobe Lightroom Plugin was missing after I installed the software, leading me to eventually resort to downloading it from the xrite website and manually installing it.

                    In my case, I did a Google search for "ColorChecker passport lightroom 4 plugin" and the xritephoto.com page containing the file was the first result. I then created the missing "Modules" folder (C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules) and saved the missing files there.

                    In all, I found the documentation to be a little sparse, and the initial setup of the Adobe Lightroom Plugin troublesome, but I haven't had any trouble with the meter itself. I would probably rate the meter at 5 stars, but my experience trying to solve the problem with the missing Lightroom plugin, would probably rate closer to 3 stars. That said, once the plugin was installed creating the custom color profile was quick and simple, and has had positive effects on the photos I've used it with.

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                    4.0

                    Consisent results

                    By NOVA Tom

                    from Chantilly, VA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Studio

                    Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                    Portraits, landscapes

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                    5.0

                    The best light meter!!

                    By Áquila Frota (acfdreams)

                    from Rio de janeiro, Brasil

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                    excellent lighmeter! you should buy one! The touchscreen is not the same type as iphone, but you can use with no problem. I had to choose between the sekonic 758 cine, but in brazil the CR123A battery is dificult to find, and the sekonic 758cine is to old, and much more expensive. You will be not dissapointed with the sekonic 478d!Medidor incrível! a tela de touchscreen não é do mesmo tipo que o iphone, mas não deixe isso atrapalhar sua escolha, o que importa é ter medições precisas. Eu estava em dúvida entre o sekonic 758cine, mas ele usa uma bateria difícil de encontrar, além de ser antigo e muito mais caro e não fazer 23,976 fps...

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                    5.0

                    Better Than Expected

                    By bmessenger

                    from Pennsylvania

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                      I will be using this light meter for portrait as well as landscape photography. This meter has already helped my photography by getting the light and colors perfect!

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                      4.0

                      Buy the product and recoment excellent

                      By Gaby Cruz

                      from Puerto Rico

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                        Excellent touch and easy to use wonderful

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                        Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your meter.

                        Duracell -  Procell AAA Alkaline 1.5V Batteries (4 Pack)
                        • You Pay: $2.49
                         
                        Watson -  4-Hour Rapid Charger with 4 AAA NiMH Rechargeable Batteries (1000mAh)
                        • You Pay: $16.95
                         

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