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Sekonic 758DR DigitalMaster Lightmeter
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|Item Dimensions||1.9 x 3.5 x 6.7 inches|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||4.2 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||17 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||1.7 pounds|
Profiles the specific sensitivity levels of your cameras imaging sensor for exacting light readings. Exposures accurate down to a tenth-of-a-stop in full-stop mode for both ambient Built-in 1-degree spot meter features an adjustable diopter (-2.5 to 1.0d), and is threaded for 30.5mm filters Up to 9 readings can be stored for meter averaging and contrast evaluations in aperture and shutter priority modes. For mixed lighting scenarios, the Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster displays the combined exposure values of both flash
Top Customer Reviews
It not only gives me accurate readings for perfect exposures on the first shot, but its other built in functions make life easier for me and other active photographers. The ability to profile the camera's sensor and load up to 3 camera profiles into the meter give even more accurate readings, tuned to the specific camera. It can calculate average exposure values, multiple ISOs can be pre-loaded or filter compensation calculations can be made so you don't need to calculate exposure settings in your head. And as a flash meter, the ability to trigger my strobes, selectively, using PocketWizard radio triggers directly from the meter is truly a time-saver.
The built-in 1 degree spot meter is invaluable in determining the brightest exposure value in a scene and setting camera exposure to not blow that area out - all camera specific. If you use a view camera and the zone system, the spot meter will help you find your zone 3 with ease and the built in functions will help you adjust for filters and correcting to zone 5 without having to do the math in your head, or rather confirming what you calculated in your head. :-)
This is not an inexpensive light meter, but it is worth the price if you need the accuracy or functionality. It is very well built and, in fact, it DOES have some limited cine functions as well, but if you shoot primarily video, the L-758-Cine would be worth looking at in comparison.
The company is easy to deal with also. I lost a rubber eye ring and needed a replacement. Sekonic helped me figure out what part number I needed and made sure I got one. It is good to know a company will stand behind its products.
For film or digital, I would highly recommend this meter.
I bought this meter in February, and I've been using it for outdoor photography so far (I bought the model with the PocketWizard module in anticipation of eventually wanting to use it in a studio). It works well. I've only now (in May) started to need it for studio lighting, so this is the first opportunity I've had to use the PocketWizard triggering feature. After purchasing a supported PW transceiver, I found that the Sekonic failed to trigger the transceiver. It turns out I was shipped an Asian model which uses different frequencies from the US model. Now I'm out of luck. I no longer have the packaging and given this, combined with the amount of time I've had it, I doubt Amazon will allow a return. I'll try though.
The other complaint I have is Sekonic's software support. It flat-out sucks. This is a device with a major feature (camera profiling) that depends on a desktop software component. The latest version of Sekonic's DTS for Mac (5.0) doesn't even support this model, and if you make the mistake of even checking for an update, not actively installing it, you may end up being unable to use the prior version. Additionally, the installer for the version that supports this model doesn't support OS X El Capitan properly. The USB drivers that work with El Cap are only installed if you are running Yosemite. To install the right drivers, you need to manually crack open the installer package and install the Yose USB driver package explicitly, which can get pretty hairy for a layman.