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Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Digital Incident, Reflected & Flash Light Meter

4.6 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews
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Discontinued Sekonic L-308S Photographic Lightmeter, Replaced With Sekonic L-308S-U

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Product Dimensions 4.3 x 2.5 x 0.9 inches
Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Shipping Weight 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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ASIN B000BTCJNG
Item model number 401-309
Batteries 1 AA batteries required.
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4.6 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #2 in Camera & Photo > Camera & Photo Accessories > Lighting & Studio > Light Meters & Accessories > Light Meters
Discontinued by manufacturer Yes
Date first available at Amazon.com January 19, 2007

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When I started to look for a new lightmeter, I want something small, reliable, accurate, and can do ambient and flash. This little meter is not the most feature rich, but definitely one of the smaller more compact ones. And there is nothing that will break, unlike some of the units with swivel head. I have used Gossen LunaPro SBC, which is excellent for extreme low light, but a bit bulkier and lack flash capability. I have also used Minolta Flashmeter III and Sekonic L-328. There are definitely other meters out there that can do more tricks, but the small size and low cost of this meter enable me to carry it everywhere. After all, a meter used in the field is better than a meter left in storage.
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This meter is dead easy to use, largely because it is not cluttered with features most of us don't need often if ever. This meter is one you put at the subject location or hold in the sun to obtain a single reading. If you want to read various locations in a scene and have your meter provide an "average" reading, this meter is not for you -- you'll have to figure the average in your head.

It has the advantage of using easily obtained and relatively cheap batteries, which in a pinch can be pirated from other devices most of us have around the place, such as small flashlights and TV remote controls.
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The Good: Small, easy to use, ok for price

The Bad: No means for user to calibrate meter. I have owned this meter for about 18 months, and have noticed that the calibration has drifted to one complete stop of under exposure, meaning that when I set the camera to ISO 100, the meter needs to be set to ISO 50 to compensate.
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i am a photography student and even everything in this profession is really expensive, i found this exposure meter really cheap. i've been working with it for almost one year and i think it's very reliable.
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Many pro's use this meter so I got one and I'm not disappointed. It's so easy to use and has the basic features that are enough for most people. I've been using mine for 2 years without any problems. The manual says it needs special batteries but I've been using NiMh rechargeables without any problems.
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This is the cheapest usable digital flash + ambient light meter but it works very accurate and well. If you need spot reflected light metering, this is not your one becouse of the wide angle of view.
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checkbox OR radio OR dropdown

I don't have a lot of experience with meters, so all I can say is that this seems to work well. Putting it into to flash metering mode gives you a 90 second window during which you can continually manually trigger and measure you flash. This seems like one of those features manufacturers remove to make you want to upgrade, but I think it actually works quite well, assuming you've got a radio trigger with test button, which if you're contemplating a light meter, you probably do.

I only give three stars because I'm really bummed by the build quality, specifically of the little white dome. You can slide it left and right to change the type of metering (reflective/incident) but the construction feels like a cheap plastic toy. It takes nothing at all to flip it out of position, and more than once I've been getting wonky readings only to find I've knocked the dome out of place just taking it out of my pocket.

For the price you pay, it'd be nice to get something with solid construction throughout.
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Ultra-lightweight flash and normal photo light meter. It works in normal mode, flash mode, and flash-trigger mode. Wide range of ASA settings. Extremely accurate. Comes with an additional flat sensor cover.
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