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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter
 
4.7

(based on 80 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

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    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (42)
  • Lightweight (34)
  • Compact (32)
  • Durable (14)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (27)
    • Weddings (23)
    • Landscape/scenery (19)
    • Travel (13)
    • Portraits (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (10), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (49)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great light meter

    I'm a photography student and purchased this light meter because it was a mandatory tool for the studio component of the program. It's an incredibly helpful and useful tool and I'm particularly pleased with...Read complete review

    I'm a photography student and purchased this light meter because it was a mandatory tool for the studio component of the program. It's an incredibly helpful and useful tool and I'm particularly pleased with the interface. It took barely minutes for me to figure out how to have this thing running. It's incredibly easy to use and intuitive, which is great for a studio newbie like myself. There are a number of different colour schemes you can use, depending on whether the light meter is being used in the studio or out in the sunlight, to help you better see what's on the screen. This is especially useful when out in glaring sunlight. This light meter is also lightweight and well built. Its best feature is its consistency, which in my opinion is a sign of a good quality meter. The meter gave accurate and consistent readings across the board, even after constantly changing lighting in the studio over the course of 2 hours. The touch screen interface may sound gimicky on paper but it's a real treat to use. With the amount of features this thing holds, it's definitely a plus not to have so many buttons to press and any wheels to turn.
    The built-in pocket wizard functionality is also a huge bonus. Within minutes this thing was updated via usb, set up, and ready to work with the studio lights. Definitely if you're using any pocket wizards this is the light meter you want to get.
    For beginners who are intimidated, don't be. I'd never used a light meter before and found it very intuitive and straight forward. I was using it within minutes.
    Excellent light meter!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    It's ok - but not the best

    I purchased this after losing my Sekonic L-358 on a previous shoot. Here are the positives: It does everything I expected it to and is easy to navigate quickly. Unfortunately there is...Read complete review

    I purchased this after losing my Sekonic L-358 on a previous shoot. Here are the positives: It does everything I expected it to and is easy to navigate quickly. Unfortunately there is a list of negatives:
    1. Battery life is poor - especially when you are triggering the pocket wizard for an extended period of time.
    2. Takes too long to power on
    3. I used to let my other light meter dangle on a light stand. This one I can't because I'm afraid I'll hurt the touch screen
    4. I had an editorial on the beach a week ago and I had a hard time reading the screen due to brightness.
    5. I'm always afraid I'm going to hurt the touch screen. (I know I mentioned this already, but that's a biggie for my studio.
    There is a lot to like about it, however those 5 listed should be a big deal to any photographer.

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    5.0

    Accurate lightmeter

    By Shinka

    from Indonesia

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

    Best one so far...

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    5.0

    Very capable light meter

    By Josh the Eye

    from Clarkdale, AZ

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      The interface is simple and intuitive. Also quite easy to read in daylight, which I was worried about since I do a lot of outdoor photography. All in all a solid purchase that I highly recommend.

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By Romney

      from New Orleans

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

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

        This little meter makes shooting so much faster for me. Now I can shoot with confidence. I replace an older meter with this one. Now I have flash % and that
        is worth every penny.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Amazing addition to my equipment

        By JDMFotos

        from Southern California

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          This small but mighty piece of equipment is worth every penny it costs. I was able to use this almost immediately out of the box. Small learning curve and bingo my flash pictures were dead on. I was amazed at the difference this light meter made compared to the in-camera light meter.
          If you are learning lighting this is a must to learn the basics and small differences in ambient and flash lighting can make.

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          5.0

          Gotta have it!!!

          By Will

          from Dallas,TX

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Audio Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

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

            Love my new toy. It helps tremendously in studio.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Excellent Meter

            By TeboPhoto

            from Westerly, RI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                This is an excellent Flash and Ambient Light meter. Works seamlessly with Pocket Wizards.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Best thing since sliced bread!

                By BruwtForce

                from Boone, NC.

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery

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

                  Don't usually bother to write any reviews, but man alive this thing is awesome. I own the PocketWizard Mini, AC3, x4 FlexTT5's and x4 AC9's which control a set of AlienBee B1600's. The AC3 is now gathering dust on the shelf - the meter worked out of the box with no issues for me. Only config item needed to double check the radio channels for the PW's, and it was good to go.It just works, it's smooth, the interface is clean, and appears to be accurate from what I've seen so far.My only wish would be an infinite battery life, but I guess that's just wishful thinking! That and the fact that you need to buy the attachment for $ + to do reflective metering.

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                  5.0

                  Solved some challenges for me

                  By WarrenTB

                  from Chandler, aZ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artificial Lighting
                    • Sports/Action

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

                    Really like this light meter and very happy I bought it. It has solved some bigger challenges for me shooting under artificial lighting for sports.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Blows my old meter away

                    By Roger

                    from Pennsylvania

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I was really hesitant about buying a touch screen meter. But I use this inside, outside and it just works. Screen can be read even in direct sunlight. I mainly us this for studio work but I have been trying out video and having that function to set up my DSLR for video is breeze.

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                        5.0

                        when in doubt

                        By Milton

                        from Dallas, Texas

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          great for some added info when the camera sensor is suspect

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great product

                          By Agustico

                          from Illinois, USA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Travel
                            • Video
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            Just got this light meter and just love it, great accuracy, good material.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great piece of equipment

                            By aquadai

                            from Los Angeles, California

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Video Quality
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Battery Life Isn't Long

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Video
                            • Weddings/Events

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

                            This device gives me perfect exposures every time I take a picture. It's light weight and its easy to use. The built in pocket wizard makes taking strobe flash photos so much easier. If your a serious photography or videographer, you definitely should add this to your gear. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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                            5.0

                            Great light meter.

                            By telefoto

                            from Nashville

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Weddings/Events

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

                              Anyone who uses studio lights needs a good meter and this is one of the best.
                              Built-in Pocket Wizard functionality makes lighting a snap.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Magnificent tool!

                              By Mike

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Accurate
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Control Flash
                                • Indoor
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                I use the 478DR shooting interiors and exteriors of homes, condos, and hotels, and also events. I am honestly amazed by how much this meter has improved my exposures. I use the meter with a Conon 5D III, Canon speedlights, PocketWizards and the CamRanger. With the 478DR directing exposure, I now get consistent, superb lighting in any situation. (I know - it sounds like an advertisement, but it's true for me.) If you think light meters are a holdover from film, as I thought for years, you are as wrong as I was. If you are serious about excellence and saving time/frustration/postprocessing, this is a must-have tool, like a cabinet maker's table saw or a surgeon's scalpel.

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                                5.0

                                Perfect

                                By Kramrock

                                from Marshall, MI

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Setup
                                • Fits Nicely In Hand
                                • Small

                                Cons

                                • Long Thin Strap

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                I am using mostly for reading percentage of fill flash. Easy to use and understand. Getting much better results than using E-TTL. I also like being able to get average readings in ambient light. I like the size. Fits in pocket well which is a good thing because the long thin strap that comes with it was snagging everything.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Oh My

                                By Shorthandedgoal

                                from Detroit Michigan

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

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

                                  This product is everything advertised and more. Works flawlessly with my PocketWizard X.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  a must-have tool by a top name company

                                  By Rabeiro Photography

                                  from Fort Lauderdale, FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Audio Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Commercial
                                    • Fashion
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Product
                                    • Video

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

                                    I've had other meters before, but this one is top quality. Love it's accuracy and all the functions it offers to make the best determined reading. While some photographers opt to do without a meter, they spend more time guessing at their lighting and falsely rely on a histogram for readings. Clearly, owning a meter saves time and allows precise lighting in much less time. So have at it chimpers, I'll stick to what works.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great light meter

                                    By Advanced amateur

                                    from King George, VA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy to Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Weddings/Events

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

                                      I really didn't know how it would be to have a touch screen on a light meter but it works very well. I got the DR version that has the built-in PocketWizard module. At a recent studio photo shoot, we had two stations set up using PocketWizard channels 1 and 2. While adjusting the strobes at the stations, I was able to go into the menus of the L-478DR and switch PocketWizard channels very quickly - probably in less than 10 seconds.

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                                      5.0

                                      Lots of features.

                                      By Nikonuser

                                      from San Diego, CA

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Pricey

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Family Photos
                                      • Travel
                                      • Video
                                      • Weddings/Events

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

                                      Although at first it felt a bit "light," I've gotten used to the feel! I really like the large screen and touch features. It's great to be able to select the different metering modes right from the screen. This is my fourth Sekonic meter.

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                                      3.0

                                      It's ok - but not the best

                                      By K Linh

                                      from Lexington, SC

                                      About Me Pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          I purchased this after losing my Sekonic L-358 on a previous shoot. Here are the positives: It does everything I expected it to and is easy to navigate quickly. Unfortunately there is a list of negatives:
                                          1. Battery life is poor - especially when you are triggering the pocket wizard for an extended period of time.
                                          2. Takes too long to power on
                                          3. I used to let my other light meter dangle on a light stand. This one I can't because I'm afraid I'll hurt the touch screen
                                          4. I had an editorial on the beach a week ago and I had a hard time reading the screen due to brightness.
                                          5. I'm always afraid I'm going to hurt the touch screen. (I know I mentioned this already, but that's a biggie for my studio.
                                          There is a lot to like about it, however those 5 listed should be a big deal to any photographer.

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                                          • No

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