Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter

Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter

Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter

B&H # SEL398A MFR # 401-399
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Product Highlights

  • An Industry Classic Meter
  • Analog Metering
  • No Battery Required
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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
In the Box
Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter
  • Lumisphere
  • Lumidisc
  • Lumigrid
  • High-Slide
  • Case
  • Neck Cord
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Sekonic L-398A specs

    Measuring System Incident light type, reflected light measurement is also possible
    Measuring Modes Ambient incident and reflected
    Receptor Head Rotating, interchangeable receptor.
    Aperture/Shutter Priority No
    Display Readout Indicator needle
    ISO Range 6 To 12,000; Measuring Range: EV4 ~ EV17 (for incident light) EV9 ~ EV17 (for reflected light)
    f/Stop Display Range f0.7 - 128
    Shutter Speed - Ambient 1/8000 to 60 sec.
    Shutter Speed - Flash None
    EV Range (ISO-100) EV 4 to 17
    Cine Speeds 8 to 128fps
    Exposure Memory No
    Shadow/Highlight Calculation No
    Brightness Difference No
    Flash to Ambient Ratio No
    Multiple Flash No
    Exposure Calibration No
    Power Source Amorphous silicon photocell (no battery needed)
    Dimensions 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.3" (112 x 58 x 34 mm) WDH
    Weight 6.7 oz (190 g)
    Specialties Set of eleven direct reading slides sold separately (#401805)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.984 x 4.646 x 1.969"

    Sekonic L-398A reviews

    L-398A Studio Deluxe III Light Meter is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 62.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Dead on accurate Any photographer worth their salt knows that an in-camera reflected meter can be fooled. For that one reason alone, a good handheld incident meter can be invaluable. This is the meter that sets the standard. I purchased this meter to replace a very old L-28C2 that was recently stolen. I couldn't be happier. This latest version is so dead on accurate it's not funny, and absolutely consistent. It is, of course, not battery dependent, which in my book in just one more plus to be added to a long list of other pluses. I love it. Back in my LD days, I used the old meter to set light levels for professional video productions. It's good to know such great tool is still available.
    Date published: 2011-06-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Old School Capable This is a very good meter, well made and reliable. It is accurate and best of all, does not need batteries. If you like manual cameras, you'll love this meter. Once you have set the dial to match the light reading, Exposure Value (EV) is given and a range of shutter and aperture settings are shown. However, it is not as convenient as modern digital meters. There are two attachments for incident readings and one for reflective. There is also a high slide for brighter conditions such as outdoors. The readout is not digital, so there is a little wiggle-room. Bottom line is it is a very good meter other than the need for changing attachments or slides. It is reasonably priced and makes a good back-up as well as a primary meter. Don't be afraid to use it while learning photography either.
    Date published: 2009-08-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent little meter This was the light meter we used back in college, and to be honest, I didn't quite grasp it back then. I'm not quite sure why, it's not nearly as complicated as I remembered! This little fella is nice and accurate, and feels very sturdy as well. I expect it to last a good, long time. I love that it doesn't take a battery, so I'll never be caught in a situation where I can't meter. The only (admittedly very minor) drawback is that according to the manual, the meter contains a strong magnet, which means I have to be careful about what I put next to it. This means I need to keep my wallet and my iPhone away from it. Not a big deal, since usually I don't keep those things in my camera bag, but it is something I have to keep myself aware of.
    Date published: 2014-08-22
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A classic redsesigned When I first got into Cinematography I used the Studio Deluxe II. For years I used a Digital Minolta which I retired a few years ago. I'd been working almost exclusively with Digital video and as such we used a waveform/vectorscope combo to determine exposure. I recently needed a light meter again and as I didn't need one everyday anymore but wanted a reliable well crafted instrument, that also didn't need an esoteric battery, I gave the Studio III a look. I've been very satisfied with my purchase.
    Date published: 2008-04-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from After 39 years of use ... This meter has performed perfectly. There are no issues using this meter outside ... just remember to look at the instructions ... there are PROPER was to use this in bright sun. Over the years I have used it in all situations. Meters in cameras are amazing now but they still are not perfect. Between this and my 1937 Weston, and my 30 yr old 18% grey card I have all the bases covered.
    Date published: 2011-03-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Old Faithful I've been using this same basic meter design for 52 years now. My original one was made by Norwood. I've shot miles of 16mm cine film and thousands of stills using one of these. Very accurate and nothing better to balance lighting on a stage or to set up lighting ratios for studio shooting. I use it outdoor also with anything other than ideal light
    Date published: 2009-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm glad I bought this product. I chose the analog read-out over a digital because it gives me several options at a glance. I do a lot of indoor photography where flash is not allowed and a good incident/ambient light meter is an absolute necessity.
    Date published: 2008-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tried & True Light Meter Does The Job! Our lighting directors generally don't use light meters, as our pace of production and turnaround are just too fast. So when I showed up on the set of a new show with the L398 light meter, my LD's were skeptical. But once I showed them how simple it is to use, how useful it can be to measure both incident and reflected levels, with an easy-to-read analog display, they changed their minds! Now, it is an indispensable tool to have around, and they use it all the time. Of course, nothing beats the what you see is what you get approach, checking lighting through the cameras on a proper HD monitor. But for making sure that the set has an even wash of light, knowing how many footcandles are present from one area of the set to another, the Sekonic L-398A is the right tool for the job. No battery required, no steep learning curve, small enough to carry in a shirt pocket; this is the same meter I used when I was back in Film/Broadcasting school, and the one I always saw my mentors using when they took on lighting assignments. For such a basic tool, this is good as it gets!
    Date published: 2012-10-11
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