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Sekonic Corporation 401-479 LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR Photographic Light Meter (Black)

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  • Pocket Wizard triggering and Flash Power Setting w/ControlTL radios. Control Nikon, Canon and select studio flashes with a touch of a finger.
  • DTS Exposure Profiling matches the meter to the performance of your camera, Precise exposure and lighting starts with precise, repeatable metering
  • Cine/HD Cine modes for today's HDSLR and Video Cine cameras. Effortlessly switch between HDSLR and Cine for exact exposure settings in exact increments for both.
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  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 1 x 5 inches ; 8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0098HGNFM
  • Item model number: 401-479
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: September 14, 2012

Product Description

Product Description

Sekonic’s new LITEMASTER PRO L-478-Series meters are the world’s first touch-screen-operated light meters and have unique, must-have features for both still and motion story tellers. Their compact size is both instantly familiar and comfortable to use. The large LCD (2.7-Inch) displays ambient, flash, cine and a host of other information in a clear and understandable way. Settings are made by simply touching or sliding a finger over the screen. Amazing Must-Have Features L-478D for Still Photographers . Full featured Ambient-Flash modes including new T-F mode. Measure, compare, and mix ambient and flash displayed on a color, touch screen for beautiful, controlled, results. DTS Exposure Profiling matches the meter to the performance of your camera. Precise exposure and lighting starts with precise, repeatable metering. L-478D for Filmmakers Cine/HD Cine modes for today’s HDSLR and Video Cine cameras. Effortlessly switch between HDSLR and Cine for exact exposure settings in exact increments for both. Infinite frame rate and shutter angle selection. Create special settings for special applications. Video cine cameras are becoming boundless. Metering should be too.(requires separate Sekonic or X-rite exposure targets and 5-degree finder for L-478). L-478D for Filmmakers Unique, light-source filtration compensation mode. Finally, precise control lighting using industry standard CTO/CTB/ND types at the touch of a finger. Illumination measurement and extended ISO range. Lighting design and exposure in a single tool. ISO and exposure settings to match today’s digital cameras. L-478DR has same features and adds: Pocket Wizard triggering and Flash Power Setting w/ControlTL radios. Control Nikon, Canon and select studio flashes with a touch of a finger.

From the Manufacturer




 L-478DR LiteMaster Pro




Sekonic's new LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR meter is the world's first touch-screen-operated light meter. It has an array of unique, must-have features for both still and motion story tellers. Its compact size is both instantly familiar and comfortable to use. The large LCD (2.7") displays ambient, flash, cine and a host of other information in a clear and understandable way. Settings are made by simply touching or sliding a finger over the screen.

The L-478DR can be quickly calibrated to your camera using Sekonic's Data Transfer software and either Sekonic or X-Rite Brand targets or by manually inputting data to the DTS program or on the meter itself.

Keeping pace with wireless advancements, the L-478DR comes complete with exclusive PocketWizard® ControlTL® technology which combines light measurement and flash power control providing amazing control in your hand.




Simple Operation
Instantly familiar and comfortable to use. Make settings by touching icons or sliding a finger on the screen. The large color LCD displays ambient, flash, cine and other information in a clear and understandable way.


Flash Power Control
The Sekonic L-478DR features PocketWizard wireless technology that enables fingertip control of remote flashes connected to PocketWizard ControlTL receivers. Touch sliders to adjust power levels of Nikon or Canon Speedlights mounted on PocketWizard FlexTT5 transceivers or select studio flash units connected to ControlTL receivers. Switch Zones ON/OFF to measure remote flashes separately for precise ratios. Then touch the screen to display the measurement mode and the exposure of the combined lights. The L-478-series measure both ambient and flash displays the flash component and comparison with each press of the measuring button.


PocketWizard family
The Sekonic L-478DR triggers flash for all of the PocketWizard triggering family. The Standard and ControlTL system currently includes Profoto, Bowens, Dynalite, Photogenic, Elinchrom, White Lighting, Sekonic, Lumedyne, Nikon, and Canon.


Analyzing Function
The L-478-Series meters are especially useful when using flash to lighten shadows or reduce background detail. That’s because they measure ambient and flash simultaneously and automatically indicate the percentage of flash in the total  exposure. Touch the screen to adjust settings to get the perfect the ambient flash mix. The meter’s analog display uses color-coded lines to graphically display the relationship between ambient and flash components.


Enhanced HD Cine / Cine Features
Today’s digital cameras are boundless and a variety of cameras can be used in a single production. The L-478-series has two motion- capture modes to fit camera in use. Touch to set shutter speeds for HD SLR cameras or quickly select frame rates and shutter angles for Cine. Create unique frame rates and shutter angles for special effects.


Infinite Frame Rate/Shutter Angle
Special effects and light sources can push standard camera settings to their limits That’s why the L-478 also allows creating unique frame rates and shutter angles to .000 to enable precise exposure and lighting that produce the very best images and reduce time in post-production.


Unique Filtration Compensation Mode
Like all light and exposure meters, the L-478D is calibrated for visual light. And because meters can’t measure filtered light by design, Sekonic designers added a unique  filter mode that enables getting exact light levels with touch screen ease. Touch the L-478 to instantly call up light-source or camera filtration expressed industry standard CTO/CTB/ND terms. For special filters or applications, create a unique filter factor and give it a name. Up to four filters can be used together in as a pack to assure full control in virtually any situation.


Calibrated to your Camera with Exposure Profiling
Every camera system is unique. Optical, mechanical and imaging components all act on each other to produce slight differences in the dynamic range and exposure. Knowing the limits of your camera enables making better exposures with less post processing. Sekonic’s pioneering Data Transfer Software enables quick dynamic range mapping and meter calibration for the most precise control of light. Create and store up to ten profiles with Sekonic or X-Rite brand targets or use the touch display of light meter to directly enter the profile information obtained from other sources.


Illuminance or Luminance Measurement
Brightness measurement in Lux or FC and Cd/m2 or FL will make the L-478 a major player on movie sets around the world. Display brightness along with exposure measurements or simply by itself.


Contrast Function
The L-478’s contrast function simplifies setting up lighting ratios or checking the evenness of a background or scene. Take a reading of the key or reference light and touch AVE/ΔEV to create a standard. Then press the measuring button to display the brightness difference between the standard and new reading.


Memory Mode and Latitude Display
Up to nine readings can be memorized. An indicator appears on the analog display each time a measurement is memorized. This provides a fast and simple way of retaining and analyzing shadow, mid tone and highlight exposure readings. Digital readings can be recalled and/or cleared at any time for precise exposure control. The dynamic range of your digital camera or film can be programmed into the L-478 to create a Latitude Display that mirrors the range of your system. This important guide will let you know readings are within the range of your camera.


Data Transfer Software (CD-ROM included)
Data Transfer Software offers 1) Create exposure profiles, 2) Change custom settings, 3) Customize user settings such as frame rate, shutter angle and filter compensation, and 4) Upgrade the L-478D/DR firmware.


Additional Features:
– Swivel measuring head with retractable Lumisphere
– Reflected light metering: with separate 5-degree reflected light
   attachment
– Thirteen Custom Setting
– Thirteen custom setting provides a quick and easy setup of personal
   preference and expanded use.
– USB upgradeable
– Using Data Transfer Software (in CD-ROM included)
– Universal, AAA battery power
– Two convenient AAA dry cell or rechargeable batteries can be used
   as the power source.


Technical Specifications:

Type: Digital exposure meter for ambient and flash light
Receptor Head: Rotating Domed Head 90° to the right, 180° to the left, Retractable for Contrast Reading
Light Receiving Method: Incident light and reflected light
Receptor Incident Light: Convertible to flat diffuser (Lumisphere in down position)
Receptor Reflected Light: 5° Viewfinder (Separate Accessory)
Light Receptor Element: 2-Silicon photo diodes (incident and reflected)

Measuring Range and Modes
Measuring Modes Ambient Light:
- HD Cine - Shutter priority metering, FPS (Frame Rate Priority) metering, Lux/FC
- Cine - FPS (Frame Rate Priority) metering, Shutter Angle setting, Lux/FC
- Simple brightness measurement (foot-lambert, cd/m2
- Simple illumination measurement (lux, foot-candle)
- Aperture priority metering
- EV metering
- Shutter priority metering
Measuring Modes Flash: - Measurement using the included wireless flash radio triggering system (cumulative and non-cumulative)
- Without synchro cord (cumulative and non-cumulative)
- With synchro cord (cumulative and non-cumulative)
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Light: - Incident light EV-2 to EV 22.9
- Reflected light EV3 to EV 19.9 (requires accessory sold separately)
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash: - Incident Light f/1.0 to f/128.9
- Reflected Light f/2.8 to f/128.9 (requires accessory sold separately)
Measuring Range Illuminance: 0.63 to 2000000lux - 0.10 to 180000FC
Measuring Range Brightness: 1 to 980000 cd/m2 - 0.29 to 290000 foot lamberts

Display Range and Modes
Display Range Film Speed: ISO 3 to 409600 (in 1/3 steps)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient: 30 min to 1/64,000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) plus 1/200, 1/400
Display Range Shutter Speeds Flash: 30 min to 1/1000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400
Display Range Aperture: f/0.5 to f/161.2 (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Combining a light meter with a Pocket Wizard trigger.
R. Morris
I tested it against my camera's meter... took a bunch of test shots inside and outside and was tickled pink!
Gary R. Alves
If anyone is serious about exposure, I would truly recommend this meter.
valley man

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Chris on June 5, 2013
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This is my first meter and I was very happy with how easy this one is to use except that I could not figure out how to trigger my Pocket Wizard Plus III's. I spent several hours looking online and watching videos and COULD NOT figure out what was going on. Finally, while I was replacing the batteries, I noticed a large "CE"on the back of the meter; it's a Euro meter which does not operate on the same radio frequencies as the US model; therefore, my US purchased PWs don't work. I'm in the process of returning the meter and I will be buying the same model again. Seems like a great meter especially if you use TTL radios or a mix of speed lights, studio lights and want the power of adjusting them individually. If you order this meter, BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE, look on the back for "CE". If you see it, put it back in the box and return it.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lee C Reichel on November 24, 2012
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I own the 758DR meter but thought I could replace it with the 478DR but couldn't understand the price difference between the two. I bought the 478DR and I do like it but the construction is not in the same class as the 758DR. It is easier and faster to use which is great but the labeling for f-stop, shutter speed and menus are smaller and not quite as crisp as I had thought. It will fit in a shirt pocket much better than the 758 and you do not have to fiddle with dials, the 478 is more intuitive. For me, setting the radio channels is much easier on the 478. Remember that it is not equipped with a spot meter like the 758, that has to be purchased separately. I have both meters but the 758 is now gathering dust.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Randy E. Blue on May 11, 2013
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This product is great. There is a bit of a steep learning curve, especially if you are totally new to using light meters. The built-in ability to control Alien Bee studio lights was the main selling point for me. However, this meter can handle about any combination of lighting you can throw at it. Just be cautioned that you should not purchase this meter just days before an important shoot. I think even somewhat experienced photographers will need some practice time to try to get a handle on all that the meter can do. Take the time to learn it, and you will love it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By KRabin on October 21, 2013
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I've gone through several light meters in my photographic life -- one (a classic Gossen) had fallen into a pond while I was photographing the landscape, and it drowned. Another (Pentax 1 degree spotmeter) just finally gave up the ghost after about 25 years. I've been using an in-camera meter since then.

It is SO good to be back with a separate hand-held light meter again! What a difference it makes, and it's terrific how far technology has come since the days of the needle on a scale meters. I really would have loved to get the series 700 version of this meter, with the spotmeter facility already built in, but it was out of my price-range and I saved some money buying this one (with the world's first touchscreen for a meter) and separately buying the 5 percent spot attachment (see my review of that separately). I could not take any stars away for the fact that I got the model where I have to carry the spot attachment separately -- that was my (financial) decision, and I'm glad Sekonic gave me the choice.

One of the great things about this meter (besides its touch-screen convenience, extra bells and whistles, such as programmable filter compensation, etc.) is the software that comes with it. Shoot some targets using your camera meter settings and one of several X-Rite targets, take some readings, and plug your meter into your computer. The software will calculate the TRUE top and bottom range of your particular camera, so you know exactly how bright an exposure you can go to and not clip off the highlights on your file, and how dark an exposure you can go to without losing shadow detail. This is for YOUR PARTICULAR CAMERA -- not your brand or your model, but YOUR camera.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By _Pyre_ on April 29, 2013
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I shoot models with a Canon 6D. Right out of the box the metering is dead-on, allowing for excellent skin tones in all types of lighting conditions.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ryan R. on September 10, 2013
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This is a pretty heafty purchase for an amateur photographer but it is the most useful perice of equipment that any photographer can buy. Saves time like nothing other. The Pocket Wizard functionality is outstanding and so nice to have. Making lighting adjustments to set ratios is easier than ever....

If you can afford it, make it your next purchase.

Make sure you get the X-Rite MSCCPP ColorChecker Passport too, works seamlessly with the litemeter.

One con is that the touch screen is a bit unresponsive at times. Takes a little time to get it to work in humid areas.. Minor con!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MARIO PRING on March 17, 2014
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First time using a handheld meter, and I have to say; not coming back to my camera's built-in meter. Before I used to always meter using the camera's spot meter. I always get inconsistent readings, now with this hand held meter; I set it and forget it. It makes me interact more with my subject instead of fiddling with my camera all the time. This meter is dead-on accurate. I like the way it lets me calibrate to my cameras, and ease of use. I highly recommend this meter!
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