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Discontinued Sekonic L-478D LiteMaster Pro Lightmeter
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Discontinued Sekonic L-478D LiteMaster Pro Lightmeter, Replaced With Sekonic L-478D-U Litemaster
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1) The pouch should have a flap over the top
2) The meter cannot measure reflective light without the 5 degree attachment (minor for me, given I was going to buy it anyway for the 5 degree spot)
3) Dual complaint between this and the 5 degree attachment - the 5 degree reflective spot attachment comes in a little drawstring pouch. Sekonic should have provided a single pouch with this 478 (or with the 5 degree) that would allow storage of the dome and 5 degree attachment and meter. Why are there two incompatible carrying cases? Comes across as someone not thinking it through.
Be aware that you must choose according to whether you currently (or will) use pocket wizards. The 478DR is for that. This 478D cannot be upgraded to pocket wizard capability later, so if you're going to use PW, get the 478DR instead. It's the only difference between the two (well, that and price).
The menu, as someone else pointed out, is a little clunky. I got used to it within a day or so. I don't have a problem with the touchscreen, but then I don't have hands like a truckosaurus.
Also, there is currently an issue with the Wacom driver and the driver for the Sekonic 478 that results in the 478 not being detected by the DTS software. The fix? You have to install everything (driver, DTS software etc., including the reboot) version 3.05 FROM THE CD ONLY (do not install the latest version, 3.06), plug in your light meter and turn it on, open DTS software. At this point it still will not be detected. Go to the update section inside the DTS software and update it to 3.06. DTS will auto close and reopen after this update and then your light meter will be detected. You can unplug the light meter and plug it back in again without issues, but if you close DTS you will have to uninstall 3.06, reinstall 3.05 from the CD, update from within DTS again to 3.06 for the auto close/reopen for it to see your meter. Sekonic are aware of this issue and are apparently working on it.
Dome in gives me the ability to measure incident light from one source/angle, useful if I have multiple lights arrayed around a subject.
Dome out gives me incident light in 3D.
Things I love about this meter:
-Able to calibrate my camera to my meter using my existing X-rite color checker passport, and have my dynamic range right there on the meter
-Can fine tune my own DR settings using the calibration profile
-ISO range exceeds my 5D Mk III on the low end and on the high end, with some future proofing there
-Was only $70 more than the 378
-Memory functions are great, can see at a glance where all my measurements are
-Touch screen is responsive
-Able to angle dome/spot
-Sekonic have a TON of video tutorials, not just on their light meters but on using them in different scenarios, including an excellent vid for how to calibrate it
I like that I can use AAA batteries in this. I have a bucketload of AA and AAA eneloops for flashes and triggers and other devices. I also get very good battery life out of it, I've had the meter for about two weeks now, and am still at 3/4 battery charge.
The menu system is a little clunky, needs an update. Pretty old school folder system, not super user friendly.
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react to colors, blacks and whites, so it gives the perfect exposure all the time. Simple to customise, and navigate through the
functions. The only con is the prise, whith the optional viewfinder very useful for distant objekts that generate light, it becomes