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Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate - Analog Incident and Reflected Light Meter

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Sekonic L-208 Twin Mate - Analog Incident and Reflected Light Meter
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Sekonic L-208 Overview

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

Meter TypeAmbient
Light Reading MethodIncident
Aperture Rangef/1/4 to 32 (1/2-Step Increments)
EV RangeAmbient, Incident/Reflected: 3 to 17 EV at ISO 100
ISO Range12 to 12,500 (1/2-Step Increments)
Shutter Speed Range1/8000 to 30 Seconds, Plus 1/800, 1/400, 1/200, 1/100, 1/50, 1/25, 1/10, 1/5
Exposure MemoryNo
Receptor ElementSilicon Photodiode
DiffuserAdjustable Spherical to Flat
DisplayIndicator Needle
Memory Card SlotsNone
Tripod Mounting ThreadNone
Battery1 x CR2032
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Dimensions1.8 x 2.6 x 1" / 40 x 65 x 24 mm
Weight1.4 oz / 40.0 g
Warranty LengthLimited 3-Year Warranty
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.245 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)4.95 x 3.25 x 1.75"

Sekonic L-208 Reviews

Interesting Meter

By James
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-12-14

My old Gossen Pilot died so I decided on the L-208 as a replacement. I had seen a Youtube review which mentioned a measurement difference of one stop between the L-208 and another meter, but I ordered it anyway. I tested the meter against my iPhone light meter app and sure enough there was a one stop difference. However, electronics being what it is, I tested the L-208 against the meter in my Nikon FM and there was only about a one-third stop difference. Not an issue. The best way to using any light meter is to take enough images with your camera(s) and determine what works best for the individual camera you are using. It is like making tests to get the correct film developer, film iso settings and timing and temperature to get what you want on an image from the film stock you are using. I think the meter is a great replacement for my old Gossen.

Small, Accurate and Easy to Use

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-14

I'm a luddite and prefer dials over digital meters. This little guy (and I mean little) is very accurate and I use it for color film when I want to double check my sunny-16 metering. It has yet to disappoint.

Low price, but it is not able to look down.

By Kenichi
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-03-28

Low price, small and light. But accuracy is very good.

I'm still a novice

By Peter
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-02-06

I haven't used this enough yet to be comfortable with it. I use it for my film cameras. I have several Pentax and Zeiss Ikon cameras and their light meters are 100% reliable. The few times I have used it, i've questioned the settings. Need to use it a lot more and compare it against my digital Pentax. It is quite small and easy to use. A good value for what you pay.

My Review

By Dennis
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-01-05

This works well. The staff is always professional. Great products- Great Staff Mr Z

Simple, Basic, I love old fashion Simple

By Joe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2021-10-27

just love the small simple meter. Similar to what I used 50 years ago in Hawaii. Keep up this model, it is great

Perfect for large format film photography

By Christian
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-11-28

10 out of 10, it's small, perhaps too small if you have large hands, very accurate and reliable, the best for film photography, even if your camera has a built-in light meter, you'll hardly notice it in you bag. I recently took a trip with my large format camera, an Intrepid 4x5 Mark V and took some light readings, they are all spot-on, they all match versus a Gossen Lunasix 3, very nice, takes minimal space in your bag which is essential when hauling large format equipment, highly recommended.

Terrible, lasted just over a month

By Sonny
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-04-24

The meter seemed fine until today. This is only about the third time I've used it. I was out shooting and it just stopped. I assumed it was the battery, but I just tried three different new Duracells and I still get no response. I know Sekonic meters used to be reliable, but apparently those days are gone.

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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

Dose it fits to do a light measures for medium ...

Dose it fits to do a light measures for medium format film camera? (Mamiya RZ67)
Asked by: Behor
Absolutely. Light meters like the Sekonic L-208 measure light in relation to aperture, shutter speed, and ASA/ISO. Format has no bearing on exposure respective to these variables. It will also fit nicely in the RZ67's hotshoe using its convenient accessory mounting shoe.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2021-11-23

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: 2022-01-25


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: 2021-05-16


320 tri-x?
Asked by: Anonymous
There's a tick between ISO 200 and 400. That's what I have used.
Answered by: Scott A.
Date published: 2020-02-07
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