Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter

Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter

Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter

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  • Incident Metering for Ambient & Flash
  • Range: -2 to 22.9 EV at ISO 100
  • Cine Setting: Frame Rate & Shutter Angle
  • 2.7" Color Touchscreen LCD
  • Flash Analyzing Function
  • Filtration Compensation Mode
  • Illuminance/Luminance Measurements
  • Contrast Function & Memory Mode
  • Custom Exposure Profiles & Calibration
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Sekonic L-478D-U overview

  • 1Description

Equipped with a large and intuitive 2.7" color touchscreen LCD, the LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter from Sekonic will make incident metering for ambient and flash light super simple. The major ability of this system enables complete control of the flash's power in 0.1-step increments.

Notable for the L-478 light meter series is the large color touchscreen, which allows for fast control over settings for both ambient and flash metering. The meter is quite capable as well, able to function within a range of -2 to 22.9 EV at ISO 100. Additionally, for the current crop of hybrid shooters this model expands on its standard stills functions with two distinct video modes: Cine and HD Cine. These settings give access to frame rate selection from 1-1,000 fps as well as shutter angle settings from 1-358° as well as ISO 850 for Canon cinema cameras.

Guaranteeing the best possible performance is a suite of functions and features that will ensure users have the best tools available to them. Among these is a flash analyzing function that uses ambient and flash simultaneously to allow for shooters to dial in their preferred mix. Also, using the included Data Transfer Software users will be able to do Exposure Profiling for their camera by using the optional 5° viewfinder, showing dynamic range limits and knowing that you will have an accurate exposure. Alongside this is a Filtration Compensation Mode that allows for the meter to account for filter factor, which can now be done at up to 12 EV for landscape shooters using high-density ND filters. Other features include a contrast function for comparing brightness, a memory mode for 8 readings, and illuminance or luminance measurement.

Lumisphere receptor head rotates 90° right and 180° left and retracts for conversion to a flat diffuser
Optional 5° viewfinder for spot metering
Ambient light measuring modes include aperture priority, shutter speed priority, TF priority, CINE, HD Cine, illuminance, and luminance
Flash can be measured with PC sync terminal connection or cordlessly
Measuring range at ISO 100 of -2 to 22.9 EV with incident light or 3 to 19.9 EV with reflected light
ISO range of 3 to 409,600 in 1/3 steps, including 850 for Canon cinema cameras
Other functions: exposure profile, mid tone function, exposure compensation, filter compensation, multiple cumulative function, memory/clear/recall function, average function, contrast function, auto power off, touch panel lock
Runs on 2 AAA batteries
Firmware upgradeable via mini-USB port
In the Box
Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter
  • Anti-Glare Film
  • Hand Strap
  • Soft Case
  • Operating Manual & Data Transfer Software CD-ROM
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Sekonic L-478D-U specs

    Meter Type Ambient
    Cine
    Flash
    Spot Metering 5 Spot (Optional Attachment)
    Flash Metering Cordless
    Metering
    Light Reading Method Incident
    Reflected
    Light Readings Candelas per Meter Squared (cd/m)
    Foot Lamberts (fl)
    Footcandle
    Lux
    Measuring Modes Aperture Priority
    EV Metering
    FPS Metering
    ISO Priority
    Shutter Priority
    Aperture Range Flash, Incident: f/1 to 128.9 at ISO 100
    Flash, Reflected: f/2.8 to 128.9 at ISO 100
    f/0.5 to 161.2 (1, 1/2, 1/3-Step Increments) at ISO 100
    EV Range Ambient, Incident: -2 to 22.9 EV at ISO 100
    Ambient, Reflected: 3 to 19.9 EV at ISO 100
    ISO Range 3 to 409,600 (1/3-Step Increments), Plus 850
    Shutter Speed Range 1/64,000 to 30 Minutes (1, 1/2, 1/3-Step Increments), Plus 1/400, 1/200
    Max Flash Sync Speed 1/1000
    Cine Speed / Shutter Angle 1 to 1000 fps at 1 to 358
    Illuminance Range 0.63 to 2,000,000 lux / 0.1 to 180,000 fc
    Luminance Range 0.3 to 290,000 fL / 1 to 980,000 cd/m
    Exposure Memory Yes, 9 Readings
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    Receptor Element Silicon Photodiode
    Diffuser Adjustable Spherical to Flat
    Display 2.7" / 6.9 cm Color Touchscreen LCD
    Interface PC Sync Terminal
    Mini-USB Port
    Memory Card Slots None
    Tripod Mounting Thread None
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    Operating Temperature 14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    General
    Battery 2 x AAA (Alkaline, Lithium, Manganese, NiMH)
    Wireless Connectivity None
    Radio System None
    Dimensions 2.2 x 5.5 x 1" / 57 x 140 x 26 mm
    Weight 4.6 oz / 130.0 g (without Batteries)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.8 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.5 x 5.9 x 2.0"

    Sekonic L-478D-U reviews

    LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 25.
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Eh... So I'll make this short and sweet. I use it for cinematography, metering on set for ambient light. This meter was just too slow, the bootup time is such a drag coming from an l-758. The touch responsiveness wasn't that great, the buttons were slow to respond/load. Felt like they put the slowest processor possible in this thing. This is NOT like a cell phone touch screen, and doesn't respond as such either. Can't see it in the bright sun too well, eats batteries, and you have to worry about the screen being damaged if you wear it all day. In the end, it was small, and pretty, and allowed easier navigation of some things, but the negatives just outweigh that. I wanted to like it, but its not for cinematography use on normal sets, it isn't fast enough to turn on or use, and its not durable enough of a design, to feel safe that you wont smash your screen when you have to rush around on set.
    Date published: 2017-08-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old School I use this meter to set light levels for stage lighting applications...I will on occasion use it for strobe photography...I have owned a number of meters over the last forty years and I very much enjoy the touch scene menus...it takes a little practice changing settings but you won't accidentally change a setting because you pushed the wrong button on the side of the meter when you are taking a reading...the data screen is very reflective in outdoor applications even with the anti-reflective plastic sheet that comes with meter...in these rare applications I still have an older meter that is easy to read in full sun.
    Date published: 2018-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many Options, Simple to Use When I first got into photography thousands of years ago, I bought a light meter, but had no clue how to use it. Umpteen years later and I am shooting more in a studio using flash and strobes. I love this tool for this purpose. All one does is choose what value you want it to calculate for you, flash a stobe, and boom, there is your setting. Realize that I only shoot manual and so it is perfect for me. I cannot believe how easy it is to use. I love it.
    Date published: 2017-05-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from What More Could You Ask For? A light meter for all seasons - film, cine, flash Touch screen The only thing missing (a spot meter)is available as an accessory
    Date published: 2016-05-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hard to live without ! There's no tool like a good meter when your lighting environment is complex. When you're monitoring moving sunlight and balancing for changing exposure throughout the day, or when you're dealing with atmosphere.I use my camera spot meter for reflective readings for average.Modern touchscreen control. Great light sensitivity. Accurate. The only bad thing is Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder is a add on easy to lose or misplace.
    Date published: 2016-08-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight and easy to use I watched a couple videos on Youtube before I purchased this meter. When I received the meter I was ready to go. It worked just as I expected it to. The meter came with a strap and a case which attaches to your belt making it easy to carry. The two AAA batteries were not included.
    Date published: 2017-09-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from No Meters exactly the same as my camera. I purchased it for a film camera that does not have a meter. Not too accurate outside in bright sunlight
    Date published: 2016-12-13
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good meter I've been using a Sekonic L-518 for over twenty years and that is my comparison reference for the L-478. What's immediately noticed as missing from the L-478 is the ability to take reflectIve light readings without the optional spot attachment. The L-518 allows the sphere to be removed and replaced with a clear glass disc over the light receptor to take reflective readings. This is not a major omission because the cameras I use have very effective reflective light meters and at worse it's only a possible inconvenience. Other than that, the L-478 is smaller, lighter, easier to use and just as accurate as the L-518. The other complaints are the touch screen - if practical, a capacitive touch screen rather than resistive touch screen would make use easier. The main difficiency is the carrying case. It is inadequate in every way. The optional case should be the one included with purchase. Other than those minor points - the L-478 is a fine piece of equipment.
    Date published: 2017-02-06
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