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SekonicLitemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter
 
4.5

(based on 87 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (56)
  • Lightweight (51)
  • Reliable (23)
  • Compact (21)
  • Durable (19)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Studio (30)
  • Portraits (26)
  • Travel (16)
  • Everyday (15)
  • Family photos (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (18), Photo enthusiast (9), Semi-professional (9), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (63)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Product

For starters the Litemaster Pro L-478D is fantastic, It has taken all the guess work out of flash photography for me.

If you find your self taking a shot and...Read complete review

For starters the Litemaster Pro L-478D is fantastic, It has taken all the guess work out of flash photography for me.

If you find your self taking a shot and having to adjust your camera for an over or under exposed picture, looking at histograms, or the back screen of you camera, then the L-478D is the right ticket.

The things I like is I get the correct exposure with my lighting the first time around.

It is very accurate, and if you compare it to your in camera meter, you will see the camera meter will want to overexpose most pictures.

Using the L-478D you get all your settings right the first time, it doesnt get easier than that.
Setting up my lights is so easy now.

I don't use Sekonic triggers so I opted for the non radio version, I use a different trigger system, so this item was perfect for me.

I can't recommend this item enough, it really made things so much easier for me, it is a great product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Poor Construction

After just a month of mild usage the 478D lcd got damaged and Sekonic India says its not covered under warranty.The LCD glass is intact with not even a single scratch but the display inside...Read complete review

After just a month of mild usage the 478D lcd got damaged and Sekonic India says its not covered under warranty.The LCD glass is intact with not even a single scratch but the display inside is damaged .478D is a showpiece and definitely not for the professional.A waste investment.Please think twice before buying it

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5.0

Excellent product, I am very satisfied with the buy

By ALFONSO TIO

from MIAMI, FLORIDA

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Macro Photography
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

    Excellent product, I am very satisfied with the buy It is utilized in a film that is filmed in these moments in Cuba for my niece.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Fascinating

    By kd

    from Houston TX

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

      I opened up the box added a battery and started metering. The UI is fairly easy and intuitive, but it feels as if you can go as deep into this as you like. I have been TTL metering for my shoots, but I got this to start having better results outdoors with flash (it gives you a percentage of light that is flash and makes it easier to get your subject and the sky properly). Now that I have it I think that I will use it all the time. I have a video shoot Monday and it will be very interesting to check that out.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By jrg

      from NJ

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Home
        • Landscape Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

        Flash meter is a must for a studio setup.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Welcome to Modern Metering

        By David

        from Toledo, Ohio

        About Me Semi-Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fits Into A Shirt Pocket
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Studio
          • Traveling

          Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

          I am a large-format photographer and used a spot meter for more than forty years . . . and then, it got lost.
          The Litemaster is more than an adequate replacement.
          So far, I have mostly used the meter for incident light (something I could never manage with a spot meter), but it has worked well for the few landscapes I have tried.
          My,it is small. The screen, however, provides a great deal of information; including setting to within 0.1 f-stop, a major improvement.
          I doubt I will ever need to read the 96-page manual from the included CD, but it is nice to have for reference, just in case.

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          5.0

          Easy to use - I love it!

          By lisa segal photo

          from boston, massachusetts

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Portraits
            • Studio

            Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

            I use this product for my portrait work, professionally. It is so easy to use, right out of the gate. It was recommended by Zack & Jody Photography, who I respect so much. It performs exactly as I expected. I've yet to delve too deeply, but I can now easily and quickly set all my settings perfectly. I can also adjust on the fly my flash to ambient super quick.

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            5.0

            Litemaster Pro L-478D

            By Stephen

            from Los Angeles

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Studio

              Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

              I use the Litemaster pro L478D for basically all of my shoots now. Prior to using a light meter I typically used my histogram or just chipping. Once I decided to use a light meter it has made my shoots easier. Light is most essential elemant in photography and proper metering gets it where you want it. A great shoot is only a meter away. Absolutely no regrets using a light meter now.

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              5.0

              Great light meter!

              By Kelly from Kansas

              from St. Joseph, MO

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                This is a great, simple to use light meter. I haven't had it for very long but so far so good! Brings me right back to college, when I used a light meter all the time, before I fell off the light meter wagon.

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                5.0

                spot on!!

                By paul

                from illinois

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                Very precise piece of equipment, every photographer should have in their bag.

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                5.0

                Litemaster

                By Joli

                from Lafayette, LA.

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                I read all the reviews before purchasing this item. Some of them concerned me. Some of the reviews were talking about crack screens. Hi baby all of my equipment so I won't have that problem. I use it every time I'm on location. I have had no problems with it. It is a must have. It's a great quality piece of equipment and it has a great price.

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                3.0

                It is a nice product, but...

                By Neil

                from Olney, Maryland

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Compatiblity Issues

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Portraits
                • Studio

                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                The Lightmeter works fine, I have no problem with it. But, the Data Transfer Software app does not work with Windows Vista. What do I do !! Just because I bought this nice tool to help me in my photography, now I have to buy a new computer with newer Operating System !!!

                Also, I tried to inquire about any work arounds, but no response from Sekonic.

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                5.0

                Great Light Meter

                By Reel Contact

                from Spearfish, SD

                About Me Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                    Woks well. Easy to read. Easy to set. Couldn't ask for better.

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                    4.0

                    High Quality

                    By Seth T.

                    from Lowell, MA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Portraits
                      • Studio

                      Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                      Great product

                      works well

                      good price

                      very happy

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Simple

                      By HMan DP

                      from New Mexico

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Studio

                        Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                        I like the Cine Mode most of all, but the HD and Flash modes are quite intuitive. The touch screen feature is great. Gets away from the jog wheel and multiple pressing of buttons from other meters. Only drawback is that the reflective meter could be better. It's a separate accessory.

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                        5.0

                        very accurate

                        By ivi

                        from San Francisco

                        Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                        Would definitely recommend to other photographers

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                        5.0

                        A Gem

                        By Reel Contact

                        from Spearfish, SD

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                            A light meter is a must and this one is as good as they come. Easy to use.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Easy to use

                            By thisguy48

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                              I like the product, its really fast and easy to use. They only thing I didn't like about it was you need to buy 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder separately and that like another $.

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                              5.0

                              light meeter to the rescue

                              By Drumguy747

                              from Dallas Texas.

                              About Me Professional

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Studio

                                Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                I needed a light meter that would give not only shutter and F stop info but also foot candle readings. I use this to balance the light across a 100 foot stage. Television lighting has to be precise to look right and this is the right tool for the job. Love it.

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                                5.0

                                Love this meter

                                By Tric

                                from Bloomington CA

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Filmvideo
                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                  Love this meter, it's the perfect meter for everyone, So glad I got mine!!!

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Great Meter!

                                  By Goodwily

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  About Me Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Cinematography
                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio
                                    • Traveling

                                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                    I use this for cinematography and it's simple, reliable and accurate. Gives me quick light readings while running and gunning when I can't totally trust my monitors or viewfinder. My only wish is to be able to set the shutter speed at smaller and more specific increments. For instance, if you're shooting at 48 the only option is 50. Not that far off but it would be nice if it were slightly more accurate. Overall worth the money.

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                                    5.0

                                    It works

                                    By Jonathan

                                    from La Puente, Ca.

                                    Comments about Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478D Light Meter:

                                    This is my first light meter so I am not to familiar with them but I like the touch screen a lot. It's very light weight and seems to be built fine. Worth the money.

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