Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for Litemaster Pro L-478D, L-478DR Lightmeter

Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for Litemaster Pro L-478D, L-478DR Lightmeter

Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for Litemaster Pro L-478D, L-478DR Lightmeter

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  • Compatible with Litemaster Pro L-478D/DR
  • Precise Reflected-Light Measurements

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Sekonic 401-364 overview

  • 1Description

The Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for the Litemaster Pro L-478D, L-478DR Lightmeters is an attachment spot viewfinder that features a 5° metering area for more precise, reflected-light measurements.

5° metering area for precise meter readings
Viewfinder design allows you to make accurate light readings from a distance.
Compatible with L-478-series light meters.
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Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for Litemaster Pro L-478D, L-478DR Lightmeter
  • Limited 3-Year Warranty
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    Sekonic 401-364 specs

    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.215 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 3.2 x 1.8"

    Sekonic 401-364 reviews

    5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for Litemaster Pro L-478D, L-478DR Lightmeter is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 41.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Only way to get reflect reading on L478 I have only got chance to use it for couple dates before my L478D broke. This view finder is the only way for L-478 to get reflect reading. It should come with the meter or sell in a lower price. Also you need this if you want to create a custom profile for the meter. During the use, I notice it is tricky to get a correct reading with this viewfinder from a credit card size gray card without blocking the light. Due to the parallax error, it is not easy to meter a small area/object. You can carry your meter with the original case with this view finder attached, just need to rotate it 90 degree. but you still need to put your diffuse dome somewhere else.
    Date published: 2013-01-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Narrow your view! When you take a picture in a very contrasty environment, such as water fall, dark foliage, etc., the 5-degree viewer allows to measure the light intensity with much greater precision. You can take a measure (or several) of the foreground, middleground and background without moving your camera, hence keeping your composition intact. You the can either average your measures, up to 8, or take several pictures with the right exposure for the each part of the scene and, finally, blend your images in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements for the final look. It yield more naturally looking pictures (in my opinion) than HDR.
    Date published: 2015-05-06
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Spot Viewfinder for Sekonic L-478 Still learning how to use it, but seems easy enough to attach and detach. Many people comment on the fact that it is hard to find a place to keep it. Would have also been nice if it would have come with the light meter. Not sure why it cost so much. Maybe after I use it more, I will be able to appreciate it. I'd say unless you've got money to throw around, it would be better to hold off on purchasing until your really feel you need it. It is well made and those who are familiar with light meters will probably be better able to evaluate the benefits. I'm luke warm at this point.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary add-on The L-478DR light meter is arguably the best, easiest to use meter available, but it has one limitation: It cannot measure reflected light. This viewfinder rrplaces the ambient light dome and allows you to measure reflected light. It's an absolute necessity for landscape photography.
    Date published: 2015-05-29
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works great, IF YOU NEED IT. Soooooo...this item works as intended. BUT (and this is a big but), had I done a little more research I wouldn't have bothered with it because it does what my camera already does in spot-metering mode. I looked in my camera's manual and discovered that the angle of view of my camera in spot-metering mode is the same as this viewfinder. So it's redundant and I would rather just use my camera to spot meter. This could be useful if you're using a fairly wide-angle lens (where the 5-degree spot in the camera's viewfinder would cover a larger area than this viewfinder) or if you just find it inconvenient to switch your camera to spot-metering mode. But personally I find it more inconvenient to switch the dome on my light meter for this gizmo than to switch my camera mode. All that being said, I haven't used this a lot but it seems to work well and is pretty on-par with the incident meter readings but harder to use accurately. I imagine that a 1-degree meter would be much better but that's neither here nor there. You get what's advertised but just make sure you really want it before you buy.
    Date published: 2014-11-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent I am not sure what I expected, but this finder exceeded my expectations. The results obtained are invaluable, and its build quality is superb. My outdoor exposures are much improved with this product. The lightmeter senses the presence of the finder and shows you that in memory view. Lack of the 5th star is not really a fault of the device; it is the inconvenience of having to put the finder or the dome somewhere when changing them, and the fact that with the spot viewfinder attached, the meter will not fit into the regular or deluxe case.
    Date published: 2014-07-04
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too expensive for what it is! I love my Sekonic 478DR lightmeter and working with it has always been a joy. With buying the spot meter attachment I was believing to get something adequate in quality for my money. I have to say I'm rather disappointed for what I've got: a really simple plastic piece in a really cheapish bag for a third of the price what the lightmeter itself costs. C'mon Sekonic, seriously? Though to be fair and to point out for the second star I'm giving for this product I noticed that function-wise the viewfinder fits nicely into the lightmeter and does it's job. How well? We'll see. I still have to figure out where to put the lightdome instead. How easy would it have been to put on a dome holder to the viewfinder and get a little bit closer to justify its price? Would I recommend it to a friend? Not really. Well yes, if you already own a Sekonic Litemaster L-478D(R) and you need spot metering, you can upgrade your lightmeter to get reflect reading. This added ability is really what you're paying for - not the 20 grams plastic in your hands, which in my opinion Sekonic truely charges a brazen amount for.
    Date published: 2016-12-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to Attach Accessory Great attachment for the L-478 light meter. Goes on in place of the lumisphere. It would be nice to have a case that can house both the meter and the spot viewfinder. A 1 degree spot meter accessory would have been better for some applications, but that would have been more expensive, if you need a 1 degree spot meter do not get the L-478 meter. Get the Sekonic L-758 instead.
    Date published: 2012-11-01
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