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SekonicL-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

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Pros

  • Reliable (15)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Packs small / compresses (11)
  • Strong construction (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video (12)
    • Weddings (5)
    • Family photos (4)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Wildlife photos (4)
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    4.0

    Sekonic L-758Cine Digital Master Meter

    By KevinG

    from Apache Junction, AZ

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Difficult to Use

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

    I use this for both photography and video, and it is a very useful meter. I am disappointed that it does not come with the exposure target II which is needed for optimal use, or the pocket wizard transmitter. The features are seemingly endless, so it is a very good investment.

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    5.0

    The best on the market!

    By RAM

    from SOUTH CAROLINA

    Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

    This is the perfect tool for an experienced amateur or professional to ramp up his/her exposure and flash/ambient game.

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    4.0

    Excellent tool

    By Alex

    from Nyc

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Pack
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

      Necessary to get to really get to know your camera

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      • No

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      4.0

      Cinematography Merit Badge

      By Arthur Woo

      from New York, New York

      About Me Pro Photographer

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

        This light meter is great. Easy to use (especially following Sekonic's youtube video for easy set up, and then reading the manual to find specific functions).

        The bigger brother of the 758 DR. It DOES work with flash photography which is a plus if you do both still and motion capture. You can also purchase a SEPARATE Pocket Wizard trigger so you don't have to connect a dumb trigger to it.

        If you're shooting a lot of slow motion and need to overcrank (Think PHANTOM), this will give you the option to do that. If you have a big need for that, this is the main reason in my opinion to get this light meter. Otherwise, for motion, you can get away with using pretty much anything else on the market if you're just looking to get readings to set your light ratios correctly.

        But take my advice on this - if you're in the market for a light meter - just get one, any one. Don't let the higher price of this one stop you from taking a step up in your cinematography game.

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        4.0

        The best cine meter. Period.

        By Mista Toad

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Reliable
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

          Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

          I've been dying to own this meter for years and have rented or borrowed it (and it's precursor---I think there was a previous version that, like the L-758, has both a full sized incident meter as well as spot)... With motion picture cameras having histograms now, I hear certain people saying they don't meter anymore... I've worked on several professional shoots where the DP and gaffers don't even bring them anymore. They light by the monitor and through the camera and checking the histogram. True...but when I'm on steadicam, there is nothing more annoying than having to go through every room and pointing the camera at the windows and shadows and whatnot just b/c the someone didn't bring a meter. A camera on steadicam is a 60 lb lightmeter, which is ridiculous. It's just impractical, and with my own cinematography, I've found I work with much more nuance having a meter and having to use 2 meters is what I was doing before buying this and I too would often leave the meter at home b/c it's just more awkward having to carry around both an incident and a reflected meter.

          There are 2 littles disappointment though, that kind of annoys me a lot (but I won't be returning b/c there is no other meter that does what this one does) and that's that the cap does not always stay securely on it and when it's off, it's dangle-y, but removing that string holding it on would lead to it inevitably getting lost. Also, case is kind of floppy (not really sturdy) for something in this price range. I'll probably be spending an extra $50 or whatever for the Arri pouch for it soon. This pouch is really big, b/c of the shape of the meter---it would be nice for a form fitting shape, not a big rectangle to hold something roughly cross shaped (the protruding parts of the spot meter)... Also, it would be nice if the pouch stored it vertical, not horizontal...as big as it is, it would rest a little less awkwardly upright.

          I've found it to be a slightly awkward shaped meter, but it's so much less awkward than having two, and this meter will work for several years into the future.

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          5.0

          It's a calculator

          By Scotty

          from Chicago

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Learning Curve

          Best Uses

          • Loation Lighting
          • Studio lighting

          Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

          The line between the L-758Cine and a Spektra lies in your desire to calculate.

          I have used both for exposing film and digital and found them both to be accurate. What I like(and have paid much extra for) about the L-758 is that it removes the mental calculations that I constantly did when thinking in foot candles.

          If you don't know the calculations I am referring to, you maybe should start off with a cheaper meter to get the basics down.

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          5.0

          Usual high quality

          By Ed

          from Washington, DC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Studio
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

          I've used Sekonics in the past and this one is by far the most versatile.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Love this Light Meter

          By Myliu Visuals

          from North Hollywood, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Video
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

            Absolutely the best light meter I've worked with. It does exactly what it's suppose to do. The functions it offers surpasses other light meters and it's easy to use. Can't say enough about it!

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            5.0

            What one expects

            By Nic

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Video

              Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

              I use this product on film sets.
              I love the simplicity of this light meter and the ease of using it.
              It would be nice if it came with the radio flash function as well. I presume it is a simple upgrade.

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              4.0

              excellent performance

              By Prophoto

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                used daily. great performance. highly durable

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                • No

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                5.0

                masterpiece

                By Charlie Papas

                from CH

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                  is my work tool. just excellent.

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                  5.0

                  best meter in the market

                  By caryl

                  from sal lake cit, UT

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                      with so many options you could need, and so simple to use.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      true cinema meter

                      By shooterduder

                      from grand rapids, mi

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Film
                        • Video

                        Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                        Great build quality and simple to operate. This meter can do just about everything you ask of it. Variable frame rates is very handy, but for most 1000fps may seem outrageous. If you have the money buy this hands down, otherwise the 558c and 608c are just fine.

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                        5.0

                        AWESOME!!

                        By MD

                        from Chicago

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • expensive

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                        I haven't been able to use it on many projects yet. I'm just now learning how to use light meters in general. The interface is really easy to use. The functions are plentiful. I DO wish it had color metering built in.

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                        4.0

                        can't survive without it

                        By Mayibobo

                        from San francisco

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • None

                        Best Uses

                        • All above

                        Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                        just make my life easier, now I know how much light i do need for each shot

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                        4.0

                        LightMeter

                        By spmckinn

                        from New Orleans, LA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

                          Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                          im a film student at the university of new orleans and i gaff a lot of our student projects. its very usefull with haveing two iso setting and different screen layout opitions. you can also use the meter as a flash meter so it can be used for still photography and the fact that its both a indecent and a relfective meter combined saves space its well built and ive had noproblems with it

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                          (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          L-758c good investment?

                          By Elmagral

                          from Mvdeo, Uruguay

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Weak Construction

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                          Im a film student, im not professional filmmaker.
                          Before i decided to buy this lightmeter my eyes were focused on the dr model.
                          I was having second thoughts on spending this amount of money on the cine model, but after a few chats with actual dop and gaffer from the industry i realized that this was an investment, and that it would be something i wouldnt regret.
                          After using it a few times in personal projects and film school exercises i realized i made a good choice, since im going to be able to use it in this cases but alzo in the future in more professional projects. The extra features that this model offers compares to the dr are very useful if you are in the filmmaking business.
                          To sum it up, i think its worth the money if you are or hope to be a professional photographer or cinematographer...

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                          4.0

                          Best dual meter for Cine

                          By Oasis9

                          from Sunland, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                              The L-758 cine meter is the best around for Cine use. It's easy to use and change functions although this meter has way more options then I will probably ever really use.
                              One of the best things about this meter is the variable fps and having 2 iso modes to easily switch between two different stocks.
                              One of the things that I have not found on this meter is a locking function. I find that it turns in occasional when in it's case and runs the battery down.

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                              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              L-&58C take you out of the dark

                              By Gaetanc Digital Video Producer

                              from Naperville, Illinois

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Close -ups
                                • Fast Action
                                • Nighttime
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                                Videographers, Digital Cinematographers, Please, don't leave home without it! Accurate, versatile, with a memory for exposure this piece of equipment will free you from the slavery of auto this or auto that and those questionable f stop,

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                                (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Very useful

                                By Andrew from M.G.A.S.

                                from Poland

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy keys combinations
                                • Good price
                                • Many metering functions

                                Cons

                                • Backing

                                Best Uses

                                • Any kinds of photography
                                • Cinematography
                                • Studio photography

                                Comments about Sekonic L-758Cine DigitalMaster Light Meter:

                                I am still learning how to use it, but so far it helped me a lot!

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