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Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Reliable (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (7)
    • Landscape photography (5)
    • Studio (5)
    • Everyday (3)
    • Family photos (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (3), Semi-professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    5.0

    Qaulity Product As Always from Sekonic

    By BigG

    from Lacey, WA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

      Looking forward to using these Light meter....

      This is my first one.

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      4.0

      Feature rich

      By brad

      from new york, ny

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact

      Cons

      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Video

      Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

      All in all this is a good product.I was surprised by its smaller size and weight compared to other meters and it does not feel like it could take much a beating. The touch screen takes some getting used to, it is not like other screens your used to. It should be called a Press-Screen because you have to apply a little bit of pressure to it for the buttons to react.It has so many useful tools and I'm sure if your a photographer its probably even better. I only shoot video so I tend to stick to the Cine and FC modes.The interchanging of the lumisphere to the spot meter is a bit cumbersome if you are a video/film guy and have the budget you may way to go for the 7** cine model which has you in mind more and also has the spot meter built in which is much nicer then fumbling around with these to thing in your hands. this meter + the spot meter and your about $ bucks away from the Cine model I mentioned but if your just starting out this puppy will do you well.

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      5.0

      i should have bought one of these years

      By KDR500

      from melbourne, Australia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

        awesome! it's amazing how much your photography will improve with this light meter.

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        4.0

        Good meter

        By Mike

        from Centralia, Illinois

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

          I am a certified professional photographer. I make mostly studio portraits and some outdoor portraits. I bought this meter to replace a Minolta flash meter IV that I have used since the 80's. I was displeased with the cheap case due to the fact that it doesn't have a flap to cover the top of the meter. Overall, I like the size and features of the meter and the screen is readable in full sunlight. I always shoot an in camera custom white and I already own the passport classic, but I wanted to try the camera profiling so I bought the package. Sekonic's software is not perfect. It took a while to figure out how to save several profiles into the meter. I still haven't figured out how to edit the clipping points on a saved camera profile. The meter gives accurate readings resulting in easy editing. I didn't buy the 758 due to the fact that I don't use a reflected meter reading.

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          5.0

          A great Tool For Light Measurement

          By Richie

          from Rialto, CA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

            This meter is dead on accurate and answeres the need for excellent accuracy of exposure.

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            5.0

            Great Product you can't be without!

            By Lee's aim and shoot

            from Dallas, Texas

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

              If your serious about photography, then you have to use a light meter and a color checker. The Sekonic L-478 D and the x-rite colorchecker is a great combo to enhance your photo's and work flow. Stop guessing about your correct exposure. The L 478 D will give you the correct exposure, ISO and F-Stop with one click. It's easy to calibrate the L 478 D to your camera and then set your colorchecker up in Lightroom or Photoshop. With these two tools you will be taking great photo's in no time.

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              5.0

              Sekonic L-478D Light Meter rocks!

              By adhenri

              from NW Arkansas

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Portraits

                Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                I am an avid hobbyist and I am expanding my interests into portraits with a portable lighting studio. I have a Canon 7D and three Canon 430EX ii strobes. Because the Canon 7D can control the strobes wirelessly, I went with the L-478D light meter. This light meter has made a big difference in the quality of my pictures. I should have done this sooner.

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                5.0

                Great light meter

                By steve

                from mesa, az

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                    meets my needs and easy to use. nice to be able to disable the functions I'm currently not using.

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                    4.0

                    Quite Pleased

                    By K.J.P.

                    from Lubbock, TX

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                      This is my first light meter, and I am quite pleased with my purchase.

                      The included software needed to be updated (twice for my Windows 7 computer) and there was an update to the firmware of the light meter itself, but the update process was simple and straightforward.

                      I was able to perform the calibration of the light meter to my Canon 60D, though I wish there was more documentation or some sort of explanation of all the options and settings included. I found several Youtube videos which were very helpful in guiding me through the calibration process and Sekonic has a digital manual available on their site.

                      The touch screen of the L478D does not react the same way the screen on my phone does (the meter requires a firmer touch, for instance) but it didn't take much getting used to, and I haven't had any trouble with it.

                      The ColorChecker Passport seems to be very well put together and feels like a quality product.

                      I did encounter a problem when trying to use the ColorChecker to set up a custom color profile in LightRoom 4. For whatever reason, the Adobe Lightroom Plugin was missing after I installed the software, leading me to eventually resort to downloading it from the xrite website and manually installing it.

                      In my case, I did a Google search for "ColorChecker passport lightroom 4 plugin" and the xritephoto.com page containing the file was the first result. I then created the missing "Modules" folder (C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom\Modules) and saved the missing files there.

                      In all, I found the documentation to be a little sparse, and the initial setup of the Adobe Lightroom Plugin troublesome, but I haven't had any trouble with the meter itself. I would probably rate the meter at 5 stars, but my experience trying to solve the problem with the missing Lightroom plugin, would probably rate closer to 3 stars. That said, once the plugin was installed creating the custom color profile was quick and simple, and has had positive effects on the photos I've used it with.

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                      4.0

                      Consisent results

                      By NOVA Tom

                      from Chantilly, VA

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                      Portraits, landscapes

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                      5.0

                      The best light meter!!

                      By Áquila Frota (acfdreams)

                      from Rio de janeiro, Brasil

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                      excellent lighmeter! you should buy one! The touchscreen is not the same type as iphone, but you can use with no problem. I had to choose between the sekonic 758 cine, but in brazil the CR123A battery is dificult to find, and the sekonic 758cine is to old, and much more expensive. You will be not dissapointed with the sekonic 478d!Medidor incrível! a tela de touchscreen não é do mesmo tipo que o iphone, mas não deixe isso atrapalhar sua escolha, o que importa é ter medições precisas. Eu estava em dúvida entre o sekonic 758cine, mas ele usa uma bateria difícil de encontrar, além de ser antigo e muito mais caro e não fazer 23,976 fps...

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                      5.0

                      Better Than Expected

                      By bmessenger

                      from Pennsylvania

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                        I will be using this light meter for portrait as well as landscape photography. This meter has already helped my photography by getting the light and colors perfect!

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                        4.0

                        Buy the product and recoment excellent

                        By Gaby Cruz

                        from Puerto Rico

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter and X-Rite ColorChecker Passport with Sekonic Gray Balance Card:

                          Excellent touch and easy to use wonderful

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