Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter

Sekonic L-308S Flashmate - Digital Incident, Reflected and Flash Light Meter

Sekonic L-308S Flashmate - Digital Incident, Reflected and Flash Light Meter

B&H # SEL308SZ MFR # 401-309
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Sekonic L-308S overview

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To accommodate the demands for an affordable, lightweight and digital ready light meter, Sekonic redesigned the popular L-308BII. This meter offers the latest in component technology and precise calibration for accurate digital exposures. Software enhancements now offer the photographer a choice of Full, 1/2 or 1/3 step selectable aperture settings to display data just the way today's digital camera does.

With 1/10th of a stop measurement and read out, accurate and consistent exposures are a snap for D-SLRs or point and shoot digital cameras. The LCD panel has also been improved for better readability. Information such as ISO, measuring modes and selected settings has been redesigned similar to the very popular Sekonic L-358 FlashMaster.

New Features of the L-308S

Weather resistant
Full, 1/2 and 1/3 selectable f/stop increments
1/10th of a stop increment displayed
Improved LCD display
Increased accuracy
Enhanced icons and symbols for better readability
Ultra-Compact professional flash/ambient lightmeter
Cord or cordless flash measuring
LCD panel provides large clear display of measured exposure data and set mode
Single mode selection button for setting ambient or flash measuring
Digital semi-circular bar indicator displays battery condition and aperture in 1/10 increments
In the Box
Sekonic L-308S Flashmate - Digital Incident, Reflected and Flash Light Meter
  • Lumidisc for L-308 Series Light Meters
  • Soft Lumidisc Case
  • Case for L-308 Series Light Meters
  • Strap for L-308,L-328, L-318, L-408, L-718 and L-778 Meters
  • Synchro Terminal Cap
  • 3-Year Warranty
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    Sekonic L-308S specs

    Measuring System Incident or reflected for flash and ambient light; Silicon photo diode
    Measuring Modes Ambient and flash (cord, cordless) - incident and reflected (40 degrees)
    Receptor Head Non-rotating, non-interchangeable
    Aperture/Shutter Priority Shutter speed priority
    Display Readout Improved LCD - Digital LCD; Enhanced icons and symbols for better readability; 1/10th of a stop increment displayed; ASA and battery indications are always on
    ISO Range ISO 3 ~ 8000 in 1/3 increments
    f/Stop Display Range f/0.5 ~ f/90 9/10; Full, 1/2 and 1/3 selectable f/stop increments
    Shutter Speed - Ambient 60 sec. ~ 1/8000 sec
    Shutter Speed - Flash 1 sec. ~ 1/500 sec
    EV Range (ISO-100)
  • Display range: EV -5 ~ EV 26.2
  • Measuring Range: EV 0 ~ EV 19.9
  • Cine Speeds 8 ~ 128fps
    Exposure Memory No
    Shadow/Highlight Calculation No
    Brightness Difference No
    Flash to Ambient Ratio No
    Multiple Flash No
    Exposure Calibration No
    Power Source 1 "AA" battery
    Dimensions 4.3 x 2.5 x .9" (110 x 63 x 22mm) WDH
    Weight 2.8 oz (80 g) without battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.5 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.142 x 4.409 x 1.969"

    Sekonic L-308S reviews

    L-308S Flashmate Light Meter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 340.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice entry level light meter I bought the 308S because, although I'd never used one before, I didn't want to just grab the cheapest on the market and hope for the best. I think this light meter fits the bill as a quality product that won't break the bank. I was a little concerned at first that you could only set shutter speed (I tend to shoot in Aperture mode), but it didn't take long to figure out how I could still get the numbers I needed. Light meter works well outdoors and gives excellent results with flash/studio lighting. If you're looking for an entry level light meter, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the 308S to you.
    Date published: 2010-05-11
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from First but will be upgrading I use this product for measuring light hitting my subject, in other words as an incident meter and not a reflective meter. This product does exactly what it says it does and absolutely nothing more or nothing less. I love this product for my needs but I can see myself in the future getting an upgrade for more features relating to aperture priority, and better compatibility with my camera body. Other than that this is a gem best for the size, price, and functionality. The only not-so-great thing about it is that it is plastic and seems very cheap for the price attached. If I had held this in my hand before purchasing I most likely would of passed. But with that aside I'm glad that I purchased it regardless of the build quality.
    Date published: 2010-10-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very simple to use I do quite a bit of product photography for @. Before getting my L-308S. I shot in daylight, (and still do), so as the light changed throughout the day, my exposures varied. I was continually adjusting my exposure in LR. With my L-308S, I take readings every few shots to verify exposure. So far the results have been very good. It has cut down on my LR time. This has been a very good investment for me. If I have concerns, it's that the meter can not be adjusted to make up for the variance of my camera's exposure, 1-stop too dark. For the price of this meter, an adjustment feature should have been included.That aside, overall, I am very pleased with this meter.
    Date published: 2015-05-01
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Starter Unit I'm pretty new to using a meter, so I can't say how accurate this does or does not meter. I can say that my exposures come out looking quite nice, though. I was a little frustrated that this jumped right past 1/200th sec to 1/250th as I scrolled through the settings. However, I figured out that you can change a setting to allow for more speed options, so I was able to get it to 1/200th, which is the max synch speed for my D80 (my only disappointment with the camera, by the way!). The ability to hook it directly to the synch cord is really convenient. Overall seems to be quite nice for the price. Great for a beginner!
    Date published: 2008-10-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy Shooting Finally I was convinced that even amateurs need a light meter and I decided to go with an inexpensive changed my shooting life! I don't know how I lived without this little thing before. Perfect for incident reading (portraits) but no better than your camera meter for reflective reading (landscape). Landscape shooters better go with more dedicated models. One more thing for those who complain it does not have the aperture priority...meter once and then play with the up/down buttons to see the appropriate shutter speed for your choice of aperture; easy and fast!
    Date published: 2015-05-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eh, good for starters I bought this about a year ago. I wanted a small meter tohave around in my bag for mainly ambient. I have howeverhave used it a lot for flash work inside for portraits, itsproven accurate. It does require close attention to whereyour spotting, it will vary range, so make sure you spotexactly where you are for all photos to keep consistency. Conclusion: Great meter to start out with, or carry a verysmall accurate meter around to have. Very lightweight, nobacklit LCD though. Expertise: Semi-Pro Photog Problems Encountered: The padded case is nice, and it is designed to keep it fromcoming out, but sometimes is a pain to get out. But doeskeep it safe, so no complaints really. You can't have it all! Items I Recommend: Sync Cable
    Date published: 2007-11-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compact and handy meter Pros: compact and light, easy to use, affordable, good accuracy.Simple operation. The meter is easy to carry around and does the job well in setting up strobe units. Cons: hard to read Display in dim light, no tripod threads or mounting clips. I put velcro tape on back to attach it to things. The display could use a light to make it easier to read. Conclusion- I love this little meter. My camera gear is heavy enough as not to add another big device, so this meter adds no clutter making it more useful than bigger devices.
    Date published: 2010-11-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased I' m an amateur photographer and due to problems using the TTL camera measuring system when taking pictures with difficult light sources or light situations I bought the Sekonic Flashmate 308S Light Meter. It is a friendly instrument with the essential functions, good handling, good ergonomics and I' m very pleased with. I would recommend it to students and advanced photographers. In fact: often we like to buy instruments with a lot of functions we assume they will be necessary sometimes, but we really don' t use and in most cases never will use, but once, when we read the instructions. Of course this is speaking from experience. This light meter has what you need plus EV and lux, etc. It' s great.
    Date published: 2008-06-30
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