Sekonic L-308S-U Flashmate Light Meter

Sekonic L-308S-U Flashmate Light Meter

Sekonic L-308S-U Flashmate Light Meter

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Product Highlights

  • Incident Metering for Ambient & Flash
  • 40° Reflected Light Metering
  • Range: 0 to 19.9 EV at ISO 100
  • Flash Range: f/1.4 to f/90.9 at ISO 100
  • Cine Setting: Frame Rates from 8-128 fps
  • Repeat Accuracy: ±0.1 EV or Less
  • Compact Size with LCD Screen
  • PC Sync Terminal & Cordless Flash Option
  • Runs on One AA Battery
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Sekonic L-308S-U overview

  • 1Description

Pocket-sized and exceptionally accurate, the L-308S-U Flashmate Light Meter from Sekonic is a compact tool for metering both ambient and flash lighting. Equipped with a sliding lumisphere, as well as a lumidisc attachment for flat surfaces, the L-308S is able to measure ambient light as well as reflected light via a lens with a 40° reception angle. This meter also has a wide metering range, from 0 to 19.9 EV at ISO 100, and can work with flash light within a range of f/1.4 to f/90.9 at ISO 100. Video and film shooters can rejoice as well, with the inclusion of multiple frame rates from 8-128 fps and a 180° shutter angle.

Repeat accuracy is important with metering, and the L-308S delivers with a rating of <0.1 EV on repeat exposures. It also has a LCD screen for easy viewing of settings and has both a PC sync terminal and a cordless flash option. Additionally, it runs on one AA battery.

Sliding lumisphere with lumidisc attachment for flat surfaces
Lens with 40° receiving angle for reflected light
Ambient light measuring modes include shutter speed priority and EV metering
Flash can be measured with PC sync terminal connection or cordlessly
Measuring range at ISO 100 of 0 to 19.9 EV
Flash measuring range of f/1.4 to f/90.9 at ISO 100
ISO range of 3 to 8,000 in 1/3 steps
Frame rates of 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 64, 128 with a 180° shutter angle
Runs on one AA battery
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Sekonic L-308S-U specs

Type Digital light meter for flash and ambient light
Receptor Element Silicon photo diode
Receptor Head Incident Light: Sliding lumisphere with lumidisc adapter
Reflected Light: Lens with 40° receiving angle
Measuring Modes Ambient Light: EV metering, shutter priority
Flash Light: Cord (PC sync terminal), cordless
Measuring Range Ambient Light (ISO 100): 0 to 19.9 EV
Flash Light (ISO 100): f/1.4 to f/90.9 with 40° lumigrid
Repeat Accuracy ±0.1 EV or less
ISO Range 3 to 8,000 in 1/3 steps
Shutter Speed Ambient Light: 1/8,000 sec to 60 sec in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps
Flash Light: 1/500 sec to 1 sec, plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, & 1/100 sec, in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps
Aperture f/0.5 to f/90.9 in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps
Frame Rate 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 64, 128 fps
Shutter Angle 180°
EV Range -5 EV to 26 EV in 1/10 steps
Memory Function None
Zones None
Connections 1 x PC sync terminal
Screen LCD
Power Source 1 x AA battery (alkaline, manganese, or lithium)
Operating Temperature 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensions 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.9" / 109 x 64 x 23 mm
Weight 3.2 oz / 100 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.515 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.2 x 4.4 x 2.0"

Sekonic L-308S-U reviews

L-308S-U Flashmate Light Meter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 98.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from More useful than I originally thought! I use this to set my aperture after fixing SS and ISO in my small studio environment. I had one years ago and had decided that the camera light meter was enough to get adequately exposed pictures. As I moved more toward High Key photographs having the camera choose the aperture became less and less accurate even using the smallest area target to set the exposure. Use of this light meter has cleaned all that up and I now get perfectly exposed photos the first time. It's understandable, easy to use and flexible. I now find myself using it in many types of photos and the results, to my eye, are improved.
Date published: 2016-04-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Excellent, as long as it's working. I was trying to write a review for the previous model: L-308S but it won't let me. However my comment still applies here. Sekonic light meters work amazingly, as long as they're working. However, if you ever have to deal with Sekonic directly, good luck getting in touch with them. For the past week, I've tried calling them. I've left them messages. I've emailed them, and I'm yet to get anyone over there to call me back or answer my emails... Looks like at this rate, I'm going to have to get another one. You better believe that it will not be Sekonic, or anything that its parent company MacGroup sells.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I should have bought one a long time ago I know I could get a much more sophisticated flash/light meter, but this one is more than good enough for me. I have always got by on the trial and error method of looking at the back of the camera. That does work, but this gives me a much better exposure much quicker. And I actually think I would be at a disadvantage if it was any more complicated. I like that it is a simple, entry level meter. I have enough to think about at a shoot, and I was a little worried that this would be more work than it is worth. But it is easy to use and seems to be very accurate so far.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Light Meter This meter is exactly what I was looking for. I needed to meter that would work for both ambient light and flash photography. This meter perfectly fits the bill without breaking the bank. The functions are simple and very easy to use. I would definitely recommend this to anyone in need of a light meter. As always B & H provided a superior product at an excellent price.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Accurate, easy-to-use meter This meter is used in studio and on location for portraits, headshots, and product photography. It functions well for this purpose, and has proven to be reliable and accurate. Accurate meter readings make me far more productive in the studio, with far less experimentation and fewer wasted shots. The construction is lightweight plastic, and it has yet to prove that it can hold up to ongoing professional use and handling.
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Reliable & Portable This lightmeter is accurate & simple to use. I was up & running right away without having to deal with complicated instructions or settings. You simply enter your desired shutter speed & ISO values in the meter, & then it gives you the aperture value required for a proper exposure. You can take readings of the ambient light, wired studio flash, & wireless flashes including speedlights. You can even specify if you want values calculated at either 1/2 stop or 1/3 stop increments. However, while it allows you to set your preferred shutter speed & ISO values, it does not allow you to specify your preferred aperture value. This isn't an issue if you understand how to play with shutter speed & ISO to get to your desired aperture, but it's worth noting if that feature is important to you. The unit is smaller than a portable hard drive & fits easily in a pocket. It does come with a lanyard in case you prefer to wear it around your neck. It's powered by one AA battery. It's very light & can stay worn around your neck for hours without bothering you. Consider this lightmeter if you're on a budget & want something capable but simple to use.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from more about light meter This is a great small meter. I bought the early model and sold it off. Later I bought the new model the Sekonic with an S. that is L-308S. most pictures taken on my Sony camera with this incident light meter are great. but take note reading incident light at out door is tricky. sometime you may see shadow on the lumi disc. It depend what camera you carry. If it is a Nikon. it is always date on. sometimes it defer by 1/3 a stop.because Nikon is using 3D color matrix metering. which take color in to account for exposure. where else incident meter read light only. All this handheld meter are great for indoor flash photography. Take note each light meter manufacturer have their own K factor added to the meter. for today meters it is not using the 18% gray any more. so it depend whose K factor you like Sekonic,Minolta,Gossen, Interfit etc.
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Zero in on your best exposure I use this meter for Portrait work. My flash meter was getting old. This meter has helped me zero in on a better and more accurate exposure. I think it gives me a good starting point with out a lot of trial and error. It won't do all the work for you. But it makes it faster and better. I like the fact that it is easy to use and gives me a pretty accurate reading from the start.
Date published: 2016-11-21
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