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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter
 
4.4

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (16)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Compact (10)
  • Durable (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (8)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Sports/action (4)
    • Video (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4), Pro photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (18)

    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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    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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          • No

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          5.0

          Just as advertised!

          By LarryG

          from Suffolk, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

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

            This meter will be used in a studio setting.

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            • No

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            5.0

            A must for using strobe light outdoor an

            By ken_in_ftmyers

            from Fort Myers Fl

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

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

              I use this for all my outdoor and indoor lighting requirments. I do have i-ttl nikon equipment but for multi lights indoor and out. I preferr to have complete control of my photo and this meter is prefect. I bought the spot attachment which is a must for complete control of all ligthing conditions. Most of my work is with portraits but I also do pets and group shots. This gives me maximiun flexibility with total control. I love it.

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              5.0

              Great Light meter!

              By kHawk

              from Louisiana

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    This is a great light meter with a lot of features! I love the included software that allows you to calibrate your meter to your camera with the Color Checker Passport! Very quick when taking flash readings in the studio, and the ambient features are nice too. A lot of very helpful videos on youtube and on the Sekonic website. This meter is worth the money!

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                    • No

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                    3.0

                    Great Meter but...

                    By Haucke

                    from Dallas TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

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

                      The meter is good and has nice touch screen. It should come with Calibration card. Asking [$] to build profiles on your meter to match your Camera/lens combos is ridiculous.

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                      4.0

                      Nice, digital light meter

                      By hd_editor

                      from Denver, CO

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This is a very good product. It's relatively easy to use, and appears to be completely accurate.

                        Something to note if you are considering the purchase: all of the shots of the screen that I saw before the purchase (on the product page) were "simulated." Meaning, the actual clean, cool look that you see in the product shots are NOT the same as in real life. If you are expecting the smoothness of a retina display (that you see in the product shots) you will be disappointed.

                        Also, I'm trained to expect quick touchscreen responsiveness with a light touch. This doesn't work on this screen. At first I thought my screen was malfunctioning, but it wasn't - you just need to use a deliberate, strong touch with the touchscreen and it works fine.

                        Finally, be careful when working with the lumisphere - push the wrong button and the whole thing will pop off and drop. This is easy to avoid if you are aware of it and just use it right. :)

                        I'm pleased with it, however and it is a great, needed addition to both my photographic and videographic needs.

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                        5.0

                        Works well and easy for me to learn

                        By KWGeorge

                        from Alvin, TX

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos

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

                          I will start out by saying I am far from an expert on light meters and the reason I chose this one was the manufacture seemed to be well regarded in the photography community and it was "middle of the road" as far as price is concerned. I am very happy with this purchase as this meter was very easy for me to learn and even though I am only using a small portion of its functionality it is the portion I care about :-) I wanted to be able to set my lighting up quickly using manual flash heads and be able to get all my settings as close as possible before the model appeared. Once the model showed up (my one year old granddaughter) I was able to get exceptional portraits in a very short time and thats a good thing given the my models attention span. The touch screen is a little wonky with my medium size fingers so I use an iPad stylus.

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                          5.0

                          Amazing device

                          By GS live

                          from Utah

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

                          I actually ordered his by accident, but when I started to use it I was amazed, the touch screen is so nice

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                          4.0

                          Good and bad

                          By Loveblissimaging

                          from Kauai, Hawaii

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

                          I like the digital touch screen but the exposure scrolling buttons are a little small for my thumbs...feels like texting on an iPhone.

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                          5.0

                          Great Light Meter

                          By Epoch Titan

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            Small, lightweight, and accurate. Everything you could want in a light meter. My only complaint is that I wish the spot meter was built in, but I guess they made it a separate accessory to keep the price down (so no big deal there). Also, it was a little weird that they don't have the option of switching the shutter speed to 1/48, it only rounds up to 1/50. This can be fixed in the software though, so hopefully Sekonic will release new firmware with this feature.

                            If you need a light meter, grab this guy. You won't find a better one with this price.

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                            5.0

                            A timely find

                            By Ralph

                            from Gilman, Il

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • It Was Asked For By Name

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

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

                              The price was number one. The timely manner it was shipped (for Free) was great. This gift was welcomed by the professional photographer in my family. Great Christmas gift.

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                              • Yes

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                              4.0

                              I would buy again

                              By tom_ben

                              from St. Joseph Mo

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Weddings/Events

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

                                Easy to use
                                Big numbers
                                easy to see even outside
                                I found that the ambient metering did not match the flash. I had to set the comp to +.2 to get a proper reading for my camera. In flash mode the meter reading made it 1/3 stop over exposed. when you compared the readings given for the color picker chart. Minor but it would be nice to set correct comp for ambient then go to flash and set a comp. for it separately

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                                5.0

                                Don't think twise

                                By Jeff

                                from Flushing NY

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Compact
                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    Its very handy, great light meter for all purposes, very easy to use and customize, if you thinking for cinematography and videography Pro L-478D is great tool, you don't need the radio triggering.

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                                    3.0

                                    More than meets the eye

                                    By Tim

                                    from NW Arkansas

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

                                        I agree with earlier reviews that the spot metering attachment should be included for the price. I also need to figure out how to calibrate it to my camera, because all the meter readings are over exposed for my 6D. At the current moment I'm really on the fence as to the need for this purchase.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Always Trust Your Meter

                                        By Goody

                                        from New York, NY

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Compact
                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Read Display
                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Video

                                          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light 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 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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                                          • No

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent Meter

                                          By Tennessee Pro

                                          from Middle Tennessee

                                          About Me Pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Studio

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

                                            The meter this one replaced was very old, maybe 25 years old so this new technology is very impressive. Having a business for 31 years gives you quite a bit of knowledge of things that are helpful to your business as this new meter is one of them. Easy to read and operate.

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                                            4.0

                                            Love but...

                                            By Katie

                                            from Largo, FL

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Digital
                                            • Easy to operate
                                            • Slim

                                            Cons

                                            • Must Buy Attachmment

                                            Best Uses

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

                                              I do not like the fact that it does not come with everything. If you need to use the reflector setting with the meter for school for example then you have to spend another [$] to get the attachment. For the price it already is I think it should include it already. Other than that I love the meter.

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