Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter

BH #SEL398A • MFR #401-399
Sekonic
Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter
Key Features
  • An Industry Classic Meter
  • Analog Metering
  • No Battery Required
Sekonic has redesigned their popular analog light meter to more current industry standards. The Studio Deluxe III L-398A retains all of the legendary features and benefits of its predecessor. Using an environmentally-friendly amorphous silicon photocell, Sekonic can continue to offer the popular L-398 battery-free.
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Sekonic L-398A Overview

Sekonic has redesigned their popular analog light meter to more current industry standards. The Studio Deluxe III L-398A retains all of the legendary features and benefits of its predecessor. Using an environmentally-friendly amorphous silicon photocell, Sekonic can continue to offer the popular L-398 battery-free.

The L-398A offers both "Still" and "Cine" shooters the familiar features and repeatable accuracy expected from Sekonic. Educators and students won't be left without their favorite meter this year.

Amorphous silicon photocell
Needle lock for quick and easy measurement readings
Memory pointer for quick and easy reference to your last measured value
Swivel head and needle lock facilitate easy and accurate readings
Amorphous silicon photocell eliminates need for batteries
Lumidisc for adjusting illumination contrast and measuring illumination intensity
Lumigrid for measuring reflected light

Sekonic L-398A Specs

Meter TypeAmbient
Metering
Light Reading MethodIncident
Reflected
Aperture Rangef/0.7 to 128
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
Exposure MemoryNo
Physical
Receptor ElementSilicon Photodiode
DiffuserSpherical
Flat
DisplayIndicator Needle
Memory Card SlotsNone
Tripod Mounting ThreadNone
General
BatteryNone
Wireless ConnectivityNone
Dimensions4.4 x 2.3 x 1.3" / 112 x 58 x 34 mm
Weight6.7 oz / 190.0 g
Warranty LengthLimited 3-Year Warranty
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.68 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.95 x 4.8 x 1.95"
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How is the display for reading for someone for someone who needs strong reading glasses?
Asked by: CONSTANTINE
"YES".
Answered by: john w
Date published: 2021-07-19

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As mentioned, this unit uses a magnet. Is it dangerous for someone that has a pacemaker or a shunt. Both use magnets.Also, what effect does this unit have on SD cards? If it can have an effect, what is a safe distance? Is twelve ( 12) inches too close?SEKONIC rep- THIS question is for you. I need a specific response please. I will not purchase without direct answersThanks.
Asked by: Harvey
Magnets will not damage SD cards, USB sticks, SSD drives, or other forms of solid state memory. Solid state memory is a completely different technology from spinning drives, which could be damaged by magnets. Don't take my word for it. Use Google. Do the research.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2020-12-12

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I have read the manual and Sekonic says that this meter must be kept away from floppy disks and similar materials. Does this include SD cards? If so, how would one do so.?
Asked by: Harvey
Floppy disks and SD cards use totally different technologies to record data. SD cards, USB sticks, and SSD's are NOT affected by magnets like floppy disks. You can safely store SD cards around the meter.
Answered by: Jeremy
Date published: 2019-12-02

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The L-208 comes with a flash shoe mount. Does this come with one and/or have an easy method of mounting it to a flash shoe?
Asked by: Anonymous
No, it's for continuous light readings.
Answered by: Lea C.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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I see some sites selling the Europe CE version of the L-398A, what is the difference?
Asked by: Michael
The CE IS the European Union version of the UL Listed for safety standards that electrical equipment must be rated for in certain applications is all.
Answered by: Drewski
Date published: 2019-05-01

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Would this be a good light meter to use for studio still life/portrait work? I use film cameras for this work.
Asked by: Ricardo R.
This is a perfect studio light meter!!!
Answered by: CARLOS F.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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Does anyone know if the selenium diode in the meter wears out.Or, can it last for 30+ years?
Asked by: Harvey
You have to remember all things wear out or get old with use. Just enjoy your photograph equipment and learn to take great pictures. John
Answered by: John H.
Date published: 2018-08-27

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What is this device's measuring angel in reflected mode?
Asked by: Eric C.
I looked all over this one and didn't find a specification. I expect around 45-degrees which is just about everything in front of the meter. Pointing it at a close by 18% gray card would be a good start. If detailed reflected light reading is important, I suggest a 478 with 5-degree finder. That said, the 398 is a beloved and very nice meter.
Answered by: Phil B. Sekonic Expert
Date published: 2018-08-27
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