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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter
 
4.7

(based on 86 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (68)

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    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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    (1)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (46)
  • Lightweight (39)
  • Compact (37)
  • Durable (16)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (31)
    • Weddings (26)
    • Landscape/scenery (23)
    • Travel (17)
    • Video (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (13), Semi-pro photographer (11), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (55)

    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

    Very Nice tool!!

    By Scott B

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Video

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

      Even with the latest technology, knowing how to set your digital camera is a requirement for good pictures! This is just the tool to do that.

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      5.0

      So Easy

      By Ninety-nine

      from Wilmington, DE

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I was up and running with the light meter in a matter of minutes. I don't know why I waited so long to get one. The Sekonic website also has some really good video tutorials on how to get the most from it.

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          5.0

          It is a "PRO" for a reason!

          By Martin Single Eye

          from Nw Braunfels, TX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

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

          Fantastic for outdoor lighting to determine the light contribution between flash & ambient.

          Easy to use with lots of options

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          5.0

          Necessary update for modern lighting

          By bsmukler

          from Visalia, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Sophisticated Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Combined Lighting
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Studio lighting
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

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

          I have an older Sekonic meter (L-508) which has lasted for years and which includes the built in spot meter, which is an add-on with the L-478DR. However, after studying reviews of the L-478DR, as well as how-to videos showing its use with Pocket Wizards and multiple-light setups, it was clear that this meter constitutes a giant step forward regarding capability and usability. In particular, the touch screen based system and included Pocket Wizard control allows great flexibility in setting up and adjusting multiple light sources, all while standing next to the subject (instead of running around to each light, and firing from the camera). I also received the promotional free Color Checker, which will allow me to create and save individual profiles for my cameras.

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          5.0

          Reliable and easy to use

          By Les in the Blue Ridge mountains

          from Greensboro, NC

          About Me Photography Student

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

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

              As an amateur who wants to be good photographer, I find this reliable with an ease of use that allows me to think about what I want to do and not about what the meter is doing. The meter works every time and helps me in setting both natural light and flash exposures.

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              5.0

              Fantastic light meter

              By Carlos

              from Boca Raton Florida

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                If you are serious about photography it's a must.

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                • No

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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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                    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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                        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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                            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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                                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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                                      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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                                        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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                                          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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