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Sekonic Lightmaster Pro L-478D

When I use to shoot film, I depended on my lighter meter. I don't think I ever really took a shot without it. But then again, this was film, there was no chimping. (instantly reviewing on the LCD screen)

When I got back into photography from film to DSLR, I was under the impression I could just review on my LCD, and all was good.... Until I got my D810, and the LCD brightness at normal, was brighter than my D800, but I did not realize that during my shoot until I got home and dumped my raws into lightroom. My entire shoot was under by 2 to 3 stops. So I turned my LCD to -2, and all looks good, but I still don't seam to be able to nail my studio and speedlight shots. Oh, and I hate Guide Numbers, I did then, and still do now.

Well I sat in on a my friends studio lighting class , and I learned a few things new, and a few things long forgot.

Bottom line, if I want to start getting my shots dialed in faster, and more accurate, light meter time.

I picked up the Sekonic L-478D. There is a L-478DR for those that want remote trigger for flashes, however, I use different systems with different flashes, and I always have a remote trigger, so no big deal for me.


Here are the reasons why I chose this unit:

  • Ambient, Flash, and Flash cumulative reads
  • EV graphic scale at bottom
  • I can sent center of scale to a meter read, and see -3 to +3 from that point
  • I can set memory reads, and see on EV scale
  • Touch Screen
  • Cine Mode and HD Cine mode.
Mike Bradley

Author: Mike Bradley

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