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SekonicL-308S Flashmate Light Meter
 
4.7

(based on 324 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (227)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (265)
  • Accurate (256)
  • Compact (253)
  • Consistent (199)
  • Strong construction (83)

Cons

  • Poor quality (18)
  • Inaccurate (4)

Best Uses

  • Photography (254)
  • Portraits (206)
  • Film (56)
  • Artwork (32)
  • Photojournalism (31)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (109), Photo enthusiast (72), Pro photographer (57), Photography student (22), Casual photographer (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (186), Yes (7)

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

great usable light meter

By EDDIE

from Georgia

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Accurate
  • Compact
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

    very simple, usable and quite good at determining the readings. well constructed and enjoy using it. really helped in getting low key lighting set up for portrait and still shots. I would recommend this sekonic 308 s to anyone considering a light meter as part of their kit.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great product

    By JMA

    from Orange County

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Compact
    • Consistent
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography
      • Portraits

      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

      I feel more comfortable knowing the exposure is set correctly for my portraits. Makes it faster and more efficient.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Sekonic L-308S

      By MikeCPhotos

      from Lebanon, PA

      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:

        I have really been holding off on getting a light meter for the last few years. I have looked into reviews of the L-308S and it works very well. It might be a more basic meter but it really does what we need it to do in the studio and works well. I do feel there is a difference in my shots now. Buy with confidence!

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        • No

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        5.0

        High End Fetures At Budget Price

        By Dave M

        from Boca Raton, FL

        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 was looking for a quality affordable light meter that would allow me to perform both incident and reflective light readings for photography and video and the Sekonic L-308S was a perfect fit.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Good meter

          By MT123

          from Needham, MA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Accurate
          • Compact
          • Consistent
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

            I've been using it for two weeks in portrait studio. It seems produces reliable results. My only complain is that I cannot lock neither Mode or shutter speed buttons. Locking would help to prevent accidental changes as button are all exposed and so easy to press.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Old design, but tried and trusted

            By Gary

            from New York

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Consistent
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Construction

            Best Uses

            • Film
            • Photography
            • Photojournalism
            • Portraits

            Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

            I use this product mostly for when I'm shooting film on my Rollei. The light-meter allows for a multitude of other uses, and I have often kept it around my neck when working in digital video and photo formats to get a quick and accurate reading. When working with LCD screens it is often hard to get an accurate reading - especially for 1080p video when you don't have the latitude of RAW files, it really does matter that you get the exposure right. This is a good tool, and I can't believe I spent so much of my early photographic career without one.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Works like I expected it would

            By mgbunt

            from Bourbon Mo.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Compact
            • Consistent
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                I have used this meter for a few days now and it works great so far the exposure readings seem to be spot on.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great for beginners!!!

                By Alesha

                from Austin, TX

                Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                I love this light meter. It's not too advanced and gives exactly what you're looking for. It's a perfect introduction into the light meter world.

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                4.0

                Good Product

                By Christo

                from AZ

                Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                Gift for my wife and it appears to work as advertised.

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                5.0

                Nice simple meter for the money!

                By mgblunt

                from Bourbon Mo.

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Accurate
                • Compact
                • Consistent
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Film
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits

                  Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                  Tested this meter for a couple of shoots and found nothing wrong with it's performance it's accurate,light,small,and affordable what more do you want?

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Pure Awesomeness

                  By Low D Photography

                  from Wichita, Kansas

                  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:

                    This was the first time I ever used a light meter for a photo shoot and it made my inside shoot pictures turn out so Awesome with this light meter. I would recommend this to my Friends, can't to use it again.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    compact and easy to use

                    By tricks49

                    from Idah Falls, Idaho

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Accurate
                    • Compact
                    • Consistent
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Film
                      • Photography
                      • Photojournalism
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                      I have used this in High contrast pictures and it is very accurate and can be trusted in the light measurements.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Light Meter. I like it.

                      By Mike

                      from Newburyport MA 01950 USA

                      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                      Great Light Meter. Lightweight. Compact. Good Design. Travels Well. Good Instructions. Easy To Use. Easy to Like. Worth It. Excellent.

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                      5.0

                      Muy buena opcion

                      By Mv luis

                      from M�xico

                      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                      Ests es un fotmetro con todo lo bsico que se requiere para una buena exposicin, es tan sencillo su funcionamiento que hace que todo sea ms rpido as mismo su tamao es muy cmodo.

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                      4.0

                      After further review

                      By Biggest Bum

                      from Cadyville New York

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent

                      Cons

                      • Inaccurate

                      Best Uses

                      • Photography

                      Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                      The meter is almost a stop to a stop and a half off. I was going to return it but after reading an article about calibrating a light meter and trying what was suggested I decided to keep it. I am happier with it each time I use it.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great price-quality relation

                      By clorca

                      from Santiago, Chile

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Compact
                      • Lightweight
                      • Price-quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                        The best for semi-professional or advanced amateur photographers.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great little light meter

                        By Carlos

                        from Rockwall, TX

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                        Easy to learn to use. Helps make sure I have the proper settings when using flash. Saved me from a lot of poorly set pictures like I have had in the past.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great product!

                        By Eduardo

                        from Campbell, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                          Easy to use and precise, can fit on your pocket and is very lightweight.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Quit guessing start shooting

                          By Sam B

                          from LA, Ca

                          Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                          I bought this after realizing that test shot after test shot is not the best way to start a photoshoot. The L-308S is easy to use, lightweight, and consistently accurate, eliminates the guessing game and allows me to get down to business.

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                          5.0

                          Works Great

                          By JP

                          from McAllen, TX

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Photography

                              Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:

                              Very easy to use and works great!!!

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