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The Sekonic L-308S Flashmate light meter offers an affordable, lightweight meter with the latest component technology and precise calibration for accurate digital exposures. The Sekonic L-308S features a choice of Full, 1/2 or 1/3 step selectable aperture settings and measures ambient or flash exposure either by incident or reflective metering modes. A built-in Lumisphere provides a quick switch from incident to reflected light measurements and a Lumidisc (included) offers precise contrast and brightness measurements. The LCD panel has also been improved for better readability. Information such as ISO, measuring modes and selected settings has been redesigned similar to the very popular Sekonic L-358 Flashmaster. More
Incident or reflected light measurement
Reflected light readings are captured at a receiving angle of about 40 degrees for subject readings made at the camera. Slide the L-308S's built-in Lumisphere over the silicon photo diode for incident light exposure readings of three-dimensional subjects. Snap on the included Lumidisc over the sensor for metering flat artwork or measuring contrast and/or exposure ratios within a scene.
Ambient / Flash measurement
Incident or reflected ambient light readings can be made with the L-308S over a wide range of lighting conditions at shutter speeds from 60 seconds to 1/8000th of a second and apertures from f/stops of f/1.4 to f/90.9. Flash at speeds from 1 to 1/500th of a second can be measured cordlessly or wired using a separate accessory PC cord. Flash and ambient readings are automatically calculated to display the proper exposure for the combination.
Exposures accurate down to a tenth-of-a-stop for both ambient and electronic flash light readings are available in full-stop mode. The L-308S can also display shutter speeds and apertures in half or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings on your camera with a repeat accuracy of +/- 0.1 EV. For cinema applications frame rates can be set from 8 to 128 frames per second. ISO sensitivity can be set from 3 to 8000 in third-stop increments.
Compact size and lightweight
The L-308S is the smallest digital flash meter for reflective and incident light readings in ambient or electronic flash lighting conditions. It is compact and light enough to fit into a shirt pocket, yet versatile enough to meet virtually every photographic demand. The L-308S is powered by a single AA battery and weighs only 3.4 ounces (95g). Its measurements are a compact 2.5"W x 4.3"H x 0.9"D (63mmW x 110mmH x 22mmD).
Quick Start Guide Video Part 1
Video Part 2 - Ambient
Video Part 3 - Metering Strobe
Video Part 4 - Metering Tricks
Sekonic L-308S Measuring Range and Modes
Measuring Modes Ambient Light:
- EV metering
- Shutter priority metering
Measuring Modes Flash:
- Without synchro cord
- With synchro cord
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Light:
- Incident light EV 0 to EV 19.9
- Reflected light EV 0 to EV 19.9 (with 40° angle)
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash:
- Incident light f/1.4 to f/90.9 (approx. f/124)
- Reflected light f/1.4 to f/90.9 (approx. f/124) with 40° Lumigrid
Repeatability Repeat Accuracy: (+/-) 0.1 EV or less
Calibration Constant Incident: Lumisphere C = 340, Lumidisc C = 250
Calibration Constant Reflected: K = 12.5
Display Range and Modes
Display Range Film Speed: ISO 3 to 8000 (in 1/3 steps)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient: 60 sec to 1/8000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Flash: 1 sec to 1/500 sec. (in 1/ 1/2, 1/3 steps) plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100 sec.
Display Range Aperture: f/0.5 to f/90.9 (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
Display Range EV: EV -5.0 to EV 26.0 (in 1/10 steps)
Display Cine Speeds fps: 8, 12, 16, 18, 24, 25, 30, 32, 64, 128 (shutter angle: 180°)
Exposure Out Of Range: Eu (underexposure) or Eo (overexposure)
Auto Power Off: Yes, About 4 minutes after last usage
Battery Power Indicator Display: Icon with 3 status
Battery(Power): (1) Type AA 1.5V Battery alkaline, manganese or lithium
Operating Temperature Range: 32° to 104° F / 0° to 40° C
Storage Temperature Range: -4° to 140° F / -20° to 60° C
Dimension and Weight
Product Dimensions: 4.30x2.50x0.90 in./10.90x6.40x2.30 cm
Product Weight: 0.20lbs./0.10kg.
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Good low cost Light Meter
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Does what it says on the box
from North wales
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
I use with my speed lights and often in the studio , fine it does the job well and is very easy to use ,set up and use , its so easy take a AA battery and comes with a case
Essential for your kit bag!
By Marie the Photographer
About Me Pro Photographer
Extremely lightweight, and essential item for your kit bag. Easy to use, even if it's your first time in the studio or on location. Many functions, and a great neck strap which means you're not likely to sit or stand on the blub! Always a worry of mine.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent Exposure Meter
from Mid Wales
I bought this unit to replace a Minolta Autometer 3 which had always been a problematic device, unreliable and its battery cost was absurd. I use the Sekonic as an incident light meter for clothing photography shot under daylight colour temperature softboxes. I've found it reliable for this, it's lightweight and it only requires a single AA battery to power it, in sharp contrast to the 6 volt (I think it was) battery for the Minolta. It has proved to be very reliable so far. It has a very reasonable price tag too.
Easy to use, good value
By Bob Brown
This is a easy to set-up, simple to use meter at a good price point.
I would recommend this product
from Hemel Hempstead
I purchased this meter to use when setting up lighting for studio shoots. It seems to be reliable and easy to use. I have checked its measurements against other more expensive meters and found them to be comparable.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
This is a great item and a must for home or studio work combined with a lighting setup, It makes life much easer it's very easy to use and gives a very consistent reading every time. It's well worth the money.
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I would by another one of these
from Bridport Dorset
This is a fantastic light metre does what it says. Also there is nothing wrong with the build of the light metre.
Simple, easy and accurate.
By Anders C. Madsen
Does exactly what it is supposed to do, and does it reliably and with a minimal of fuss. I use the meter for both natural lighting and with strobes (natural light mostly in order to find a reasonable balance between strobes and natural light), and in either case it is extremely easy to use.No spot metering but since I don't use it for landscape photography, this is not really an issue. Can be used both with a flash trigger, a sync cable and in manual mode (meter waits for the flash to fire) so it is as simple as it can be. Results are accurate and the meter seems sturdy enough although a bit plasticky - but at this price I can hardly complain.The only thing that bugs me is the provided Lumidisc that is usually used for metering individual light sources with as little interference from other light sources as possible - it is fiddly and way to easy to lose or misplace.
Simple and easy to use
from Northumberland UK
Used by the camera club for studio lighting/Portraiture
Included Accessories: L-308S Case, AA 1.5 Volt Battery, Strap, Syncro Terminal Cap, Lumidisc w/ case
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