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Discontinued Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro Lightmeter, Replaced With Sekonic L-478DR-U

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Discontinued Sekonic L-478DR LiteMaster Pro Lightmeter, Replaced With Sekonic L-478DR-U

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Product Dimensions 2 x 1 x 5 inches
Item Weight 8 ounces
Shipping Weight 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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ASIN B0098HGNFM
Item model number 401-479
Batteries 2 AAA batteries required.
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4.2 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #38 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lighting & Studio > Light Meters & Accessories > Light Meters
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com September 14, 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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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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By KR503 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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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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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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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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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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