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Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter

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The Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR meter is the world’s first touch-screen-operated light meter. It has an array of unique, must-have features for both still and motion story tellers. Its compact size is both instantly familiar and comfortable to use. The large LCD (2.7") displays ambient, flash, cine and a host of other information in a clear and understandable way. Settings are made by simply touching or sliding a finger over the screen.

The L-478DR can be quickly calibrated to your camera using Sekonic’s Data Transfer software and either Sekonic or X-Rite Brand targets or by manually inputting data to the DTS program or on the meter itself.

Keeping pace with wireless advancements, the L-478DR comes complete with exclusive PocketWizard® ControlTL technology which combines light measurement and flash power control providing amazing control in your hand.

  • For Still Photographers

- Full featured Ambient-Flash modes including new T-F mode. Measure, compare, and mix ambient and flash displayed on a color, touch screen for beautiful, controlled, results.

- PocketWizard triggering and Flash Power Setting w/ControlTL radios. Control Nikon, Canon and select studio flashes with a touch of a finger.

  • For Filmmakers

- Cine/HD Cine modes for today’s HDSLR and Video Cine cameras. Effortlessly switch between HDSLR and Cine for exact exposure settings in exact increments for both.

- Infinite frame rate and shutter angle selection. Create special settings for special applications. Video cine cameras are becoming boundless. Metering should be too.

- Unique, light-source filtration compensation mode. Finally, precise control lighting using industry standard CTO/CTB/ND types at the touch of a finger.

- Illumination measurement and extended ISO range. Lighting design and exposure in a single tool. ISO and exposure settings to match today’s digital cameras.

Corey’s Take

As a photographer that tends to use off camera lighting more often than not, I do appreciate a good light meter. While in-camera light meters are okay, I still prefer incident readings from a light meter to avoid some of the guess work out of adjusting light power levels, and avoid chimping the camera settings to get the proper exposure. The Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR is a decent light meter, but I’m not sold on the touch screen controls this unit prides itself on. Like the Sekonic L-358 this unit has PocketWizard triggering tech built in (unlike the L-358 there’s no additional module required for this functionality) so you can trigger your PocketWizard controlled lighting directly from the light meter wirelessly.

Additionally the Litemaster Pro L-478DR can trigger the Einstein monolights with the PocketWizard PowerMC2 as well as control power levels directly from the light meter’s touch screen display. While the power level control is a pretty nifty inclusion, this feature, and the light meter in general, is hampered by the non-responsive touch controls. The touch screen requires precise, deliberate presses on the touch screen and provides no tactile feedback while doing so – call me old fashioned but I prefer analog “real” buttons that I can learn to access purely through muscle memory. I didn’t expect iPad levels of responsiveness with this unit but it can be frustrating, especially when on a time-sensitive photo shoot. That being said, this is honestly a minor quibble for an overall excellent light meter, I just don’t believe the touch screen is the revolutionary feature Sekonic is making it out to be.

  • L-478DR Light Meter
  • Soft case
  • Strap

*Manual & data transfer software disc available by request only.

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90 days $46.00 $228.00 $274.00 $3.04
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