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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
– Swivel measuring head with retractable Lumisphere
– Reflected light metering: with separate 5-degree reflected light
– 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.
Measuring Range and Modes
|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) |
Display 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 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) |