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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter
 
4.5

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Lightweight (21)
  • 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 (5), Photography student (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (28)

    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

    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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            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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              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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                  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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                                    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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