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The Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate is a compact light meter which combines incident and reflected light measurement, and has been carefully designed to provide simple, one-handed operation. The printed digits are large and have been color coded for easy recognition of all readings. The L-208 also features a convenient accessory mounting shoe to attach the meter to the accessory flash shoe of many cameras, making the meter accessible and handily positioned for metering most subjects from the camera position.
Utilizing a lithium CR2032 battery, the Sekonic L-208 has increased operation time and fewer battery changes. Also featured on this meter is a battery check button to monitor battery voltage. A 33° measurement angle with guide in reflected mode provides decisive means for choosing values to measure in comparison to most economical meters with a wider reflective measuring angle. A new Hold and Read function grabs and maintains the current reading for 15 seconds after release of the measurement button, making more time for evaluation of the scene.
Compact light meter combines incident and reflected light measurement
Convenient accessory mounting shoe to attach the meter to the accessory flash shoe of many cameras
Hold and Read function grabs and maintains the current reading for 15 seconds
Sekonic L-208 Specs
Light Reading Method
f/1/4 to 32 (1/2-Step Increments)
Ambient, Incident/Reflected: 3 to 17 EV at ISO 100
12 to 12,500 (1/2-Step Increments)
Shutter Speed Range
1/8000 to 30 Seconds, Plus 1/800, 1/400, 1/200, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10, 1/5
Can this meter be used for very low light night ...
Can this meter be used for very low light night shots? I have a meter in my old Mamiya Sekor 1000 DTL but I can't read it when it's too dark out, because it's a black needle (if I could get to it I would paint it with some glow in the dark paint).
Asked by: Matthew
There are two aspects to this question: 1) Is it possible to physically *see* the meter readout in low light situations, and 2) can the meter accurately measure the exposure value of night shot? With regard to Question 1, this meter doesn't have a backlight, nor does it have glow-in-the dark markings, so you'd need to rely on having enough ambient light (or a handheld light) to be able to see the meter readout. With regard to Question 2, the lowest exposure value the L-208 can measure is EV 3, which is equivalent to a 1 second exposure at f/2.8 using 100 ISO film. If you intend to shoot scenes that are darker than that, this meter probably won't be of much use to you.
As suggested above, you'd be better off with a light meter that has a backlight and can measure lower exposure values (e.g., down to EV 0). The L-308 is a possible suggestion.
Answered by: Scott
Date published: 2020-08-06
Can this meter be used for video recording? Is ...
Can this meter be used for video recording? Is the answer "Yes, but it's better to pay a little more for a better meter."
Asked by: Chris
I don't use this meter for video but I would think there are better meters for video which would highlight video shutter speeds. In a pinch this should still work since once you determine your video shutter speed it will tell you the correct f-stop. For its size this is a good and accurate light-meter.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2019-11-12
Where is the receptor head? Can't quite tell; it appears to be on the top vs on the front like with the 398. Do you point the receptor head at your subject?
Asked by: Alex C.
The receptor head (or lumisphere or light receiving element is on the top of curved surface, next to measurement button, and under the opaque slide, which used for switching the modes of measurement: closed for incident light and open for reflcted light. Point the receptor to the object, angle of measurement is 33 (see Manual, Chapter 6). Conform to Manual, it corresponds to 70% of angle for 50 mm standard lens of 135 film camera.
Answered by: Vladimir E.
Date published: 2019-09-05
I have never used a light meter. would this meter be good for a beginner?
Asked by: Anonymous
As others have said, make sure to watch a video or get some simple training.
Answered by: Rick N.
Date published: 2020-12-12
Asked by: Anonymous
There's a tick between ISO 200 and 400. That's what I have used.