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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter
 
4.7

(based on 95 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (75)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (55)
  • Lightweight (47)
  • Compact (45)
  • Durable (17)
  • Great picture quality (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (34)
    • Weddings (31)
    • Landscape/scenery (28)
    • Travel (18)
    • Video (13)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (24), Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (13), Photography student (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (63)

    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

    Great versatile portable meter

    By sibea

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Acurrate
    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Studio lighting
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I owed also the 758DR prior to this one. I bought this for the additional feature to do remote ratio control on speedlite. It works great and much small footprint that my 758DR. The batter is AA which is cheaper than special A123 that 758DR requires.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Measuring the Light!

    By Pinzman

    from El Paso, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Use the Litemaster Pro L-478DR primarily for portraiture photography. Lite, compact, functions as the manufacture states. Us in conjunction with wireless triggers. Takes all the guess work out. Easy to use. love the touch screen. Great addition to the camera bag for armature and pro alike.

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      5.0

      This is a Great Product

      By Richard

      from Rochester, New York

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Product photography
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this product in most of my photography.It is easy to use. The touchscreen is intuitive, the menus are simple, It encourages you to explore the meters capabilities, touch the measuring mode to match how you like to work. The meter integrates with the Pocket Wizard product freeing you completely from cords. It is truly a wireless product that is keeping pace with the growing wireless technology. I think the beauty of this meter is that it allows you to work light on your terms. The meter gives you the data and you determine how you use this information.

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      5.0

      Welcome To S-Log, JPEG and RAW

      By Major Diamond Productions

      from Emeryville, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight
      • Touch Screen Accessible

      Cons

      • Cheap Case

      Best Uses

      • Off-camera Flash Metering
      • Strobe Photography
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events

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

      I usually don't ask for much at Christmas, but after attending a Shane Hurlbut lighting class, getting a light meter was on the top of my list of equipment I wanted. So, thanks to my wife for buying me this little piece of heaven. Next year socks.

      I have a Sony A7s and it's tricky to figure out proper exposure with the S-Log the camera provides.

      The L-478DR has made it possible for me to measure exposure correctly so I am not stuck in post for hours trying to fix the faulty footage.

      The touch screen is easy to manage and it is highly customizable for my needs in the field or in the studio. The case it comes with is kind of cheap so I would suggest getting the higher end case that Sekonic also sells. Thank you again Jennifer, aka my wife.

      Because of the popularity of L-478DR the internet has ample tutorials featuring the unit and has helped relieve any confusion. I am new to the light meter world so this was important tackling the learning curve.

      I have a Norman light system I am looking forward to using with it next.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Easy to use, pricey

      By Ed

      from Chicago

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Outdoor portraits
        • Product photography
        • Studio Portraits

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

        Easy to use with good implementation of touch screen. For the price, the spot meter should be included. It is really necessary to do a proper calibration of camera/lens combos.

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        • No

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        4.0

        So far so great

        By Missy Jean

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos

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

          Was looking for a reasonably priced meter to help me nail my exposure for both in studio and on location. So far this has done a stellar job. Easy to handle and easy to understand. The only thing I'm worried about right now is the touchscreen... so I handle this with extreme care.

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          5.0

          Very Versatile

          By Geoffrey

          from Oella, Maryland

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Good Video Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • DSLR Video
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Studio

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

            I shoot stills and video and this fits the bill. Replaces my Minolta Flashmeter IV. Very accurate right out of the box. Can customize the display to your needs. One downside is the batteries. Why they went with AAA's I don't understand. Underpowered. Eats batteries. Should have made it with AA's . So buy some Enloop AAA's and a charger with it.

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            5.0

            Best meter I've ever owned!

            By photogils

            from WV

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action

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

              I use this meter with portable flash units and pocket wizard radios that are not always convenient to access. This meter allows me to make power adjustments to the flash units from the meter itself. A real time saver. Hats off to Sekonic!

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              5.0

              Very Nice/easy to use

              By Les Tension

              from Frozen Tundra, WI

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Used mostly for people shots and calibrating camera/exposure

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                • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                            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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