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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 (not included)
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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By Colin H
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Comments about Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Light Meter:
Excellent meter that is easy to understand and use. It gives accurate results and has proved invaluable in my studio set-up.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Great piece of kit
By Bob the bower
Simple and very effective. Great for extremes of lighting as a double check.
Light to the point
from New Milton, Hampshire
So far so good, impressed with the reality of the images I've taken so far, which match the conditions when taking the photos
Perfect! Just perfect
About Me Photo Enthusiast
I bought this lightmeter primarily for studio work, but I now use it for all my photography.
Magic in your pocket
By J Edward
Very simple to use works every time perfect exposures
Brilliant little light meter
from East London
I'm new to manual flash photography, and after reading the reviews I decided this is something I couldn't live without. I wasn't wrong! Not only am I getting consistent results with my small kit of off camera flashes, it has also helped me to grow more confident with a film camera.
It may be lightweight, but it is a heavyweight meter
By Mac Clicker
from Congleton, Cheshire
The instructions that come with the meter are not really necessary. On the Wex Photographic site are two excellent videos that show you all you really need to know.I have used it regularly and it has never failed to give me an accurate reading, which enhances my photographic experience.
great product, great value.
By Simon Daniel Photography
Very easy to use, does the job. As this is the first light meter I've used I have nothing to compare it too but I have had no issues and it's made my photography processes much easier.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
I'd definitely recommend this product - good kit
from Chelmsford Essex
I regularly need to set up studio lights for "product" & portrait photography. Set flash power, check histogram on camera, then correct each image in photoshop later. Time consuming & dull.This helps you to get the exposure right first time and then every time - job done!
Good low cost Light Meter
Included Accessories: L-308S Case,Strap, Syncro Terminal Cap, Lumidisc w/ case
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