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Sekonic L-398A Light Meter Studio Deluxe III (Black)

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  • Incident or Reflected measurement capabilities
  • Ideal prime or back-up meter for still photography and cinematography use
  • Amorphous photocell requires no batteries or external power source.
  • ISO range 6 to 12,000 in 1/3 step increments
  • 60-seconds to 1/8000th, f/0.7 to f/128, 8-fps to 128-fps
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Product Details

Sekonic Light Meters for Cinematography [4.1 MB PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 4.4 x 1.3 inches ; 11.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0010SJYBC
  • Item model number: L-398A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer




 L-398A Studio Deluxe III




The classic photo meter tracing its roots to the famous Norwood Director, the Sekonic L-398A has become a favorite with cinematographers the world over. A pure analog experience, the meter needle and exposure dial system gives you all reading combinations at a single glance. And because it uses an amorphous photocell that generates its own power, there is no need for a battery.

Incident measurements can be taken with the over 180-degree Lumisphere for general readings of three-dimensional objects, or with the Lumidisc selective area readings, measuring the lighting ratios between highlights and shadow areas or light falling on flat-field objects such as artwork, measurements outdoors or under bright studio lights. The Sekonic L-398A's swivel head allows you to hold down the metering button and "walk the set" to check light levels. Release the button, and the needle locks down the meter's analog display needle for easy-to-read exposure calculations. Exposures are displayed for both still and cine applications.

For reflected readings, a flat Lumigrid replaces the Lumisphere. If you plan on shooting with a fixed ISO and shutter speed, an optional Slide Set (Direct Reading Slides) makes it easier to take readings in fast-paced shooting scenarios. The Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III makes an ideal prime or back-up meter for still or motion picture shooters.




Instant reading of full range of aperture/shutter combinations
The analog dial gives you full range of exposure settings for both still and cine applications at a single glance. The analog needle indicates the brightness in foot-candles.


Amorphous photosensor eliminates need for batteries
The photocell in this meter generates its own energy to move the analog meter needle. The L-398A is always ready to go. There is no need to change batteries.


Swivel Head to position incident dome and maintain full view of display
Easily position the Lumidome for best light reception as you position the meter body for best reading. The swivel head enables “walking the set" to check the evenness of light levels.


Continuous reading plus needle lock for easy and accurate readings
Press and hold the measuring button to take continuous readings in varying conditions. Release the measuring button to lock the analog needle in place for exposure calculation.


Lumidisc for adjusting illumination contrast and measuring illumination intensity
Take selective area readings or measure several lights for ratios between highlights and shadow areas. Also used for measuring light falling on flat-field objects such as green-screens and artwork.


Lumigrid for measuring reflected light
Replace the Lumisphere with the Lumigrid to take reflected light readings of subject areas from the camera position. An optional Slide Set (Direct Reading Slides) enables adjusting the reading meter’s reading range for bright subjects.


Memory
pointer retains prior reading
Just align the pointer with the analog needle to transfer brightness readings to the exposure dial. Once set, a second reading can be made to compare brightness of different lights to adjust light ratios.



Accessories
Supplied with Lumisphere, Lumidisc, Lumigrid, High-slide, case and neck cord. Set of 11 direct reading slides sold separately




Technical Specifications:


Type: Analog exposure meter for ambient light
Receptor Head: Rotating Domed Head 90° to the right, 180° to the left, Removeable for Contrast Reading
Light Receiving Method: Incident light and reflected light
Receptor Incident Light: Interchangeable Lumisphere and Lumidisc
Receptor Reflected Light: Interchangeable Lumigrid
Light Receptor Element: Amorphous silicon photocell

Measuring Range and Modes
Measuring Modes Ambient Light: - Aperture priority metering
- EV metering
- Shutter priority metering
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Light: - Incident light: EV 4 to EV 17
- Reflected light: EV 9 to EV 17
Repeatability Repeat Accuracy: (+/-) 0.3 EV or less
Calibration Constant Incident: Lumisphere C = 340
Calibration Constant Reflected: K = 12.5

Display Range and Modes
Display Range Film Speed: ISO 6 to 12000 (in 1/3 steps)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient: 60 min to 1/8000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
Display Range Aperture: f/0.7 to f/128.0 (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
Display Cine Speeds fps: 8 fps -128 fps
Display Range Analog Scale Aperture: f/.7 to f/128 (in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 steps)
Display Range Analog Scale Shutter Speed: 60 sec. to 1/8000 sec. (in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 steps)

Other
Battery Power Indicator Display: Battery Capacity Checker Button and Guide Needle
Battery(Power): Self-powered: Selenium photocell eliminates need for batteries

Dimension and Weight
Product Dimensions: 4.40x2.30x1.30 in./11.20x5.80x3.30 cm
Product Weight: 0.40lbs./0.20kg.

Item Includes:
L-398A Case, Strap, Lumidisc, Lumigrid and High Slide

Product Description

Inexpensive light meters need not be ‘cheap’ light meters. When it comes to accuracy and durability, the Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III has been a mainstay of working photographers and cinematographers for four decades running. Small, compact, and easy to use, the Sekonic L-398A incorporates a battery-less amorphous photocell, which enables you to take accurate ambient light readings anywhere, anytime. The Sekonic L-398A’s swivel head allows you to hold down the metering button and ‘walk the set’ to check light levels. Release the button, and the needle locks down the meter’s analog display needle for easy-to-read exposure calculations. Exposures are displayed for both still and cine applications. Incident measurements can be taken with the over 180-degree Lumisphere for general readings of three-dimensional objects, or with the Lumidisc selective area readings, measuring the lighting ratios between highlights and shadow areas or light falling on flat-field objects such as artwork, measurements outdoors or under bright studio lights. For reflected readings, a flat Lumigrid replaces the Lumisphere. If you plan on shooting with a fixed ISO and shutter speed, an optional Slide Set (Direct Reading Slides) that make it easier to take readings in fast-paced shooting scenarios. The Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III makes an ideal prime or back-up meter for still or motion picture shooters.

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Customer Reviews

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This light meter is perfect and easy to use.
Schaduwen
With this Sekonic, you take the reading AT THE SUBJECT and set the camera accordingly - works especially well in backlit or other tricky lighting situations.
J. Gaither
In-camera meters (or the one in my brain) are just fine for measuring reflected light or whenever precision isn't critical.
davelawler

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Gaither on October 9, 2008
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I bought my first Sekonic Studio Deluxe light meter back in the 70's while studying photography in college. The product has remained virtually unchanged since those days, which is a testament to the fine design, and it is still the perfect light meter for either digital or film use. It is easy to use and not difficult at all to master. In-camera light meters are always some sort of average, and while they are fine for most shots, there are many delicate situations where you need one area of a picture to be perfect. Also, in-camera light meters are judging the light from a distance. With this Sekonic, you take the reading AT THE SUBJECT and set the camera accordingly - works especially well in backlit or other tricky lighting situations. It is perfect for use in portraiture work. If you are serious about photography, take the leap and get this meter. You will not be sorry!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harry Pandolfino on April 12, 2007
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Getting the image right depends on the proper exposure and to make the really arresting images getting the proper exposure is tricky and often beyond the reach or ingenuity of built-in meters. For most photographic situations incident metering is preferable for a variety of reasons.

I recently upgraded to this meter and found it extremely easy to learn and to use and I'm seeing more consistent results, especially with still lifes and table top subjects.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Shooter 1964 on November 5, 2010
Sekonic L-398 Light Meter - I have been using this meter for over 20 years. It is reliable and right on the money every time. My friends laugh when I pull it out and take readings at the subject but I am the one who laughs last when we show our images. This meter will make you a better photog. Really!

If I were forced to find a way to improve the Sekonic L-398 Light Meter it would be to enlarge all of the readings! All of the camera companies have diopters for us blind folks, why can't you make bigger numbers on your meter? I was 23 when I bought it but now I am 45. Please help us blind guys and make bigger numbers on your future products! lol!

The Sekonic L-398A Light Meter is total old skool and that is why it works so well. Why spend $700 when you can have everything your need for less than $200? Need another reason to buy this meter? It doesn't need batteries! That make it worth its weight in gold!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By davelawler on November 30, 2011
Sekonic L-398A Light Meter (Black)

Five out of five for being brilliantly designed (Google 'Norwood Director'), easy to use and consistently accurate; I would say this is probably my favorite analog meter, even edging out my trusty 'Gossen Luna-Pro F', if only because of the Gossen's unwieldy shape and size. The L-398 is ergonomically perfect and, being essentially palm-sized, slips easily into any photo-vest pocket.

I use hand-held meters exclusively for measuring incident light when it's appropriate, which is what this meter is designed for, first and foremost. In-camera meters (or the one in my brain) are just fine for measuring reflected light or whenever precision isn't critical.

Old-school technology? Well yes, yes it is. But photographers who have the knowledge to employ a meter like this will not be disappointed.

And never underestimate the power of looking cool while you're working -- that's money in the bank :)

The caveats:

People who aren't sure if they need a hand-held meter probably don't, and those who are sure might want to start with something like the Gossen Digisix or Sekonic's L-208.

Although this is the best of the bunch, Battery-free designs are never a great choice for low-light work, so select this meter with that in mind.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Reader VINE VOICE on January 27, 2011
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I began working as a photographer in the 1957. There were two different situations that required two different light meters: outdoors, the Weston Master. In the Studio, the Norwood Director or its clone, the Sekonic 398.

I did little studio work so I loved and depended on my Weston. That technology got old and unfashionable, but that meter still gave me the information I needed for great pictures. I moved on to other professions and the camera equipment sat on a shelf. The shutters got rusty and the leather got moldy. And the sensor in my Weston died. Eventually I retired and got back into photography. Digital is great. And whaduyu know, there was a place in England would rebuild my Weston Master IV!. but it died again. (Why does the built in light meter on my Rollieflex, made in 1962, still work, with the same technology?)

But now that repair company in England has gone out of business, but the Sekonic 398 is still around and you can get it new. I Love It! Fits right in the bag with my Panasonic LX5 and gives me readings I understand even if it is not the Weston. And it never needs batteries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Barstow on November 11, 2011
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This model has been around so long there must be a million reviews, so I will keep mine short. I have had an L-398 for about 20 years, and I bought this one for use by my employer. This is a well made, solid, basic light meter with capability of measuring both incident and reflected light. The sensor swivels to facilitate reading the meter while making the measurement, and the needle can be locked in place to hold the measurement if desired. No batteries required! I carry it on my belt in the case that was included.
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