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Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe 70th Anniversary Edition Light Meter

BH #SEL398ASD70A • MFR #401-395
Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe 70th Anniversary Edition Light Meter
Key Features
  • No Batteries: Amorphous Photo Sensor
  • Special Burgundy with Rose-Gold Accents
  • 70th Anniversary, No Battery Required
  • Fast Reading of Aperture/Shutter Combos
70 years ago an imaginative company introduced the Sekonic L-398A, an idea that would evolve years later to this celebration of the company's steadfast course that has transformed time and the quest for excellence into unmatched quality, celebrated here with the L-398A Studio Deluxe 70th Anniversary Edition Light Meter.
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Sekonic L-398A Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Instant Reading of Full Range of Aperture/Shutter Combinations
  • 3Amorphous Photosensor Eliminates Need for Batteries
  • 4Convenience Features

70 years ago an imaginative company introduced the Sekonic L-398A, an idea that would evolve years later to this celebration of the company's steadfast course that has transformed time and the quest for excellence into unmatched quality, celebrated here with the L-398A Studio Deluxe 70th Anniversary Edition Light Meter.

This meter represents years of evolution. I believe that Ansel Adams had at least one in his large collection of meters. Like those meters, the Special Edition is up to date and can do anything the original L-398A can, just with a little more style. A handy feature of the meter is that owing to the Amorphous Photo Sensor, the meter needs no batteries!

Although the L-398A Studio Deluxe 70th Anniversary Edition meter is bound to become collector's item, take it out for a run sometime, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Instant Reading of Full Range of Aperture/Shutter Combinations

The analog dial gives you full range of exposure settings for both still and cine applications at a single glance. The analog needle indicates the brightness in foot candles

Amorphous Photosensor Eliminates Need for Batteries

As light receptor element, amorphous photosensor is newly adopted. It is unnecessary to bring replacement batteries

Convenience Features

  • Memory pointer for quick and easy reference to your last measured value
  • Swivel head and needle lock facilitate easy and accurate readings
  • Lumigrid for measuring reflected light
  • Sekonic L-398A Specs

    Meter TypeAmbient
    Metering
    Light Reading MethodIncident
    Reflected
    Aperture Rangef/0.7 to 128 (1, 1/3-Step Increments)
    EV RangeAmbient, Incident: 4 to 17 EV
    Ambient, Reflected: 9 to 17 EV
    ISO Range6 to 12,000
    Shutter Speed Range1/8000 to 60 Seconds (1-Step Increments)
    Exposure MemoryYes, 1 Readings
    Physical
    Receptor ElementSilicon Photodiode
    DiffuserSpherical
    Flat
    DisplayIndicator Needle
    Memory Card SlotsNone
    Tripod Mounting ThreadNone
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C
    Storage Temperature-4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
    General
    BatteryNone
    Wireless ConnectivityNone
    Dimensions4.4 x 2.3 x 1.3" / 112 x 58 x 34 mm
    Weight6.4 oz / 181.0 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight1.965 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH)10.4 x 6.5 x 4.1"

    Sekonic L-398A Reviews

    Simple and well made

    By Patrick
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-07-27

    Works well especially for monitoring lighting in various areas of a scene. No reliance on batteries, which is nice. Case and all included accessories are well made and should last a long time.

    Used continuously since 1977

    By Jeffrey
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-19

    I bought this in 1977 for $45 (I don't know why I always remember the cost of gear but I do). I have used it without a single problem since then. I still use it today. The only issue that I have is that I wore out the leather case about 20 years ago. Recently, I thought it might be a good idea to recalibrate the meter. Guess what? It still gives me perfect exposure even after 45 years!!!

    simple and True

    By Luis
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-06

    great simple and convenient

    Photographic Jewelry

    By Peter
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-01-03

    About as accurate as my standard L-398A...which means, it's serviceable once you get used to it. A classic piece that 75 years from now, photographers will admire. Reminds me of the quality and class of older Leica film cameras/lenses.

    The world has moved on.

    By John
    Rated 2 out of 5
    Date: 2021-08-24

    I have had a few of these light meters. They were certainly popular in the day but probably only because people lost or broke so many of them and somehow the shops always had stock of this one. While the Sekonic takes reasonable light readings, so do most of the others but without the drawbacks. I found the Sekonic to be fragile and all of mine died. The rotating head is fragile and unnecessary. The white dome is OK but not in the same ball park as the Weston Master series invercone which was the best. The insert slide to reduce light intensity is silly and gets lost easily. Again, the Weston meter did it better. When used professionally, especially on location, light meters take a beating and in my experience, this one is not built to take it.

    Excellent.

    By Nermin
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2021-06-16

    The product is great. Very fast delivery for every compliment.

    Sekonic light meter

    By Brittney
    Rated 5 out of 5
    Date: 2022-04-25

    Price on point, easy to follow instructions and easy to use. Arrived in near perfect condition. Fast shipping.

    Fantastic Meter my 0ld Workhorse for many Years !

    By Rene Gaston
    Rated 4 out of 5
    Date: 2022-03-02

    Nice Edition Bautiful Ros tone , originally B&H offered in two tones . I don t know why it stopped. Anyway a Great Meter. p.s. B&W & Sekonic : THE H SLIDE CAME A LITTLE BENT. A minor thing that is a BIG Detriment to teh Investment Dear Friends at B&H Im still wainting for a replacement of THE SLIDE. Best Regards Rene Gaston AMC.

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