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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter
 
4.5

(based on 48 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (25)
  • Lightweight (22)
  • Compact (20)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (13)
    • Weddings (11)
    • Landscape/scenery (7)
    • Video (7)
    • Sports/action (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-pro photographer (8), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (29)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Always Trust Your Meter

    I purchased the L-478D for a movie I was shooting to replace my older Minolta meter. I was shooting digitally with two cameras and wanted a meter that was designed to read specifically...Read complete review

    I purchased the L-478D for a movie I was shooting to replace my older Minolta meter. I was shooting digitally with two cameras and wanted a meter that was designed to read specifically for HD. The meter worked better than I could have expected. I don't trust monitors as my sole tool for lighting and relied on my meter to give me exact light readings and levels. Even when the image looked right on the monitors I trusted my meter and set my stop according to my readings. Now that the footage has been seen, I am so happy that I trusted my meter and that I chose the L-478D. The menus are pretty easy to navigate and after a couple of hours of playing with it I was very comfortable using it on set. The display isn't quite as nice as it looks in all of the pictures, which is my only real complaint, but that aside I am extremely happy with it's performance and capabilities.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Poor Construction

    After just a month of mild usage the 478D lcd got damaged and Sekonic India says its not covered under warranty.The LCD glass is intact with not even a single scratch but the display inside...Read complete review

    After just a month of mild usage the 478D lcd got damaged and Sekonic India says its not covered under warranty.The LCD glass is intact with not even a single scratch but the display inside is damaged .478D is a showpiece and definitely not for the professional.A waste investment.Please think twice before buying it

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    5.0

    works great

    By nikongirl79

    from lehighton, pa

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Easy to use, works as it should.

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        • No

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        5.0

        works like it shoukd

        By Tna

        from tennessee

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

        unit works as it should. I have never owned a light meter so there is a bit of a learning curve with it. very consistant with its readings. nice size, touch screen works well.

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        5.0

        Does the job well

        By BigRay

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Included Case

        Best Uses

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

          This is my first light meter, and I bought based on the strength of previous reviews. I haven't used it much, but it seems to do the job well enough. I have no complaints. I just wish it were cheaper :)

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          • No

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          5.0

          Litemaster pro l478

          By Charles

          from Charlotte, NC

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              My first time with one of these. Only used it a few times so far. Did a landscape, some archiving, and a few portraits. Works great. No chimping now ;) The touchscreen isn't like a smartphone, but it's adequate. I haven't calibrated it to my cameras yet, but will soon.

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              5.0

              Moving on up

              By Photographer By Rogers

              from Birmingham AL

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

              The Sekonic meter complete my photographer equipment. Photos colors, DOF, look more realistic. I'm am now shooting manual 90% of the time. Understanding how my camera see light help in my decision to purchase a meter and everything pointed to Sekonic meters. Just had to decide which one. Great meter and for me, how to use iit was straight forward. Just jump in and play once you get it. You'll be happy with the new look of your pics.

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              5.0

              Great little light meter!!

              By Seth

              from Texas

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

              Is a perfect little meter to take out in the field

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              5.0

              Great light meter

              By Halz

              from Boynton Beach, Fl.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Portraits

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

                Easy to use, with great features. Big help in tricky lighting situations.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Easy to use

                By Iggy

                from Destin, Florida

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  This is my first light meter and I love it. I can't compare this light meter to any other, but I can tell you that is easy to use and Sekonic offer a lot of "Webinars" videos. Firmware is updatable using a regular mini usb port and is MAC compatible.

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                  5.0

                  Great things come in small packages

                  By mwaitt

                  from Dallas, TX

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Could Be A Tad Brighter

                  Best Uses

                  • Photos
                  • Video

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

                  I love this meter! I received it in the mail a few weeks ago and have been using it non-stop. Very easy to use and looks quite nice. Responsive and intuitive, Sekonic hit a homerun with this product!

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Good compact light meter.

                  By sunshine

                  from NY

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Compact

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

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

                    Well I love the touch screen but it may consume too much of batteries so fast. I really don't like the touch screen because of the battery life. It's really compact than I expected before. I don't like the accessory for this one which is the spot viewfinder. It's too expensive and why wouldn't they just add this item with the light meter? Both spot and lumi meter are important and they put only one. One disappointing part is that they didn't add usb cable. Why didn't they add this important item that I couldn't update and add datas to mac. if you are going to purchase this light meter, you should have extra batteries for in case. Also if you are studio shooter, don't buy this. It's really uncomfortable to use it with light equipments.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Lighting Success!

                    By NikonD800

                    from Washington DC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      I use this for event and on location photography. It's extremely easy to use. By using the Sekonic I have taken out the guess work and saved a tremendous amount of time and removed the need for a lot of digital rework. Very happy with this product!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Excellent!

                      By Skooter

                      from Austin, Tx

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        Light meters have come a long way since the L398! The L-478D appears to be an excellent value. It is easy to use, intuitive, and very accurate. The touch screen makes key information discernable at a glance and allows for quick adjustment of parameters and modes. I've noticed that it's actually pretty easy, not just to operate, but also to program the meter with one hand. The 478D is versatile, apparently designed to accommodate a wide range of applications: Cinematography, studio, and flash photography, etc.. I was pleasantly surprized to learn that a spot meter attachment is available for this meter as well. Nice!

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                        4.0

                        Great product, horrible manuals

                        By uforiainc

                        from Cleveland, OH

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

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

                          The Litemaster Pro does everything it says it does, but the manuals are horrible. Even the transfer software has it's own 100 page manual.It was much easier to find video tutorials online then to read the manual.

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                          4.0

                          Good product from Sekonic

                          By Priya

                          from Houston, TX

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            This is my first light meter. So excited. Used couple of times but impressed by the quality. 4 star as i have used only few times. So far happy with my purchase.

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                            4.0

                            Good Quality

                            By Gene H.

                            from Columbia, SC

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                  Good Quality meter

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  intuitive and accurate

                                  By bostonbarry

                                  from Boston, ma

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

                                  Using for a sort time - easy to use and accurate. The touchscreen is a bit finicky and not consistent but usable. Lots of features to exploe

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                                  4.0

                                  Convenient touch screen

                                  By Perce

                                  from Johnson City

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Travel
                                    • Video
                                    • Weddings/Events

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

                                    very easy to use, only grip is the ND stops adjustments are right at the end of the filters menu queue, Should be near the top of the queue.Has handy spot metering adapter as accessory.

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                                    5.0

                                    nice meter

                                    By steve

                                    from nor calif

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

                                    This is the goods. The touch screen is a bit different than that you find on a tablet but certainly works well. This has the DTS software that allows you to set up individual cameras with the color checker passport. I do wish there was not such a premium on the spot meter attachment, seems way overpriced to me.

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                                    5.0

                                    I definitely recommend it

                                    By Gabi A

                                    from Miami, FL

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        Good price for high technology!

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                                        • No

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                                        4.0

                                        Awesome and Easy to use!

                                        By Gracie Lane

                                        from San Francisco

                                        About Me Photography Student

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy to read
                                        • Easy to Use

                                        Cons

                                        • Bulky

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Location Shooting
                                        • Studio

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

                                        I just started using this on my shoots and it's everything I wanted. It's easy to use and read, I love the touch screen! It's just a bit too large for my liking since I have smaller hands, but it doesn't bother me that much.
                                        Another pro is that another photographer I know also go one dropped it on cement the other day and the fall didn't hurt it at all.

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