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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Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter

Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U Light Meter

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Product Highlights

  • 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
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    Sekonic L-478D-U specs

    Type Digital light meter for flash and ambient light
    Radio Frequency None
    Receptor Element 2 x Silicon photo diodes
    Receptor Head Incident Light: Lumisphere convertible to flat diffuser, rotates 90° right & 180° left
    Reflected Light: Optional 5° viewfinder
    Measuring Modes Ambient Light: Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, TF priority, EV metering, HD Cine (shutter priority, FPS metering, lux, or fc), Cine (FPS metering, shutter angle setting, lux, or fc), illuminance (lux or fc), luminance (cd/m² or fl)
    Flash Light: Cord (PC sync terminal), cordless
    Measuring Range Ambient Light (ISO 100): Incident: -2 to 22.9 EV; Reflected: 3 to 19.9 EV
    Flash Light (ISO 100): Incident: f/1.0 to f/128.9; Reflected: f/2.8 to f/128.9
    Illuminance: 0.1 to 180,000 fc / 0.63 to 2,000,000 lux
    Luminance: 0.29 to 290,000 fl / 1.0 to 980,000 cd/m²
    Repeat Accuracy ±0.1 EV or less
    ISO Range 3 to 409,600 in 1/3 steps, plus 850
    Shutter Speed Ambient Light: 1/64,000 sec to 30 min, plus 1/200 & 1/400 sec, in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps
    Flash Light: 1/1,000 sec to 30 min, plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, & 1/400 sec, in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps
    Aperture f/0.5 to f/161.2 in 1, 1/2, and 1/3 steps
    Frame Rate 1-1,000 fps
    Shutter Angle 1-358°
    EV Range -27.9 to 55.8 EV (only ambient light)
    Memory Function 9 readings
    Zones None
    Connections 1 x PC sync terminal
    1 x Mini-USB port
    Screen 2.7" / 6.9 cm color touchscreen LCD
    Power Source 2 x AAA batteries (alkaline, manganese, lithium, nickel hydride, or nickel)
    Operating Temperature 14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
    Storage Temperature -4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    Dimensions 2.2 x 5.5 x 1.0" / 57 x 140 x 26 mm
    Weight 4.6 oz / 130 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 24.
    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 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
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Taking Photography to next level I bought the Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478D-U light meter recently and I am still exploring the vast potential it has to offer. It has made my job much easier and I am slowly moving away from using the exposure indicated by my camera.
    Date published: 2016-08-18
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