Sekonic L–478D | LiteMaster Pro Light Meter w/ touch screen


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    Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L–478D meter
    Sekonic's new LITEMASTER PRO L–478D meter is the world's first touch–screen–operated light meter. It has an array of unique, must–have features for both motion and still 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–478D 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.

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    Simple Operation
    Instantly familiar and comfortable to use. Make settings by touching icons orsliding a finger on the screen. The large color LCD displays ambient, flash,cine and other information in a clear and understandable way.

    PocketWizard family
    The Sekonic L–478D provides triggering or flash control for the entire PocketWizard wireless family. Dynalite, Lumedyne, Photogenic, and Profoto incorporate the PocketWizard standard system. AlienBees, Einstein, Elinchrom, Canon, Nikon and White Lightning flashes connected to PocketWizard ControlTL products are perfect match to the L–478D for power control.

    Radio Frequency and Compatibility
    The PocketWizard triggering systems use different frequencies in accordance with laws and regulations of the countries where they are marketed. Before purchasing a product using the PocketWizard system, be sure it is compatible with local regulations and the other PocketWizard products you use.

    Flash Analyzing Function
    The L–478–series meters are especially useful when using flash to lighten shadows or reduce background detail. That´s because they measure ambient and flash simultaneously and automatically indicate the percentage of flash in the total exposure. Touch the screen to adjust settings to get the perfect the ambient flash mix. The meter´s analog display uses color–coded lines to graphically display the relationship between ambient and flash components.

    Calibrated to your Camera with Exposure Profiling
    Every camera system is unique. Optical, mechanical and imaging components all act on each other to produce slight differences in the dynamic range and exposure. Knowing the limits of your camera enables making better exposures with less post–processing.

    Sekonic´s pioneering Data Transfer Software*1 enables quick dynamic range mapping and meter calibration for the most precise control of light. Create and store up to ten profiles with Sekonic or X–Rite brand targets*2 or use the touch display to directly enter profile information obtained from other sources.

    Exposure profiling
    Step 1: Shoot target (Sekonic or X–Rite brand*2) with the equipment you use most.

    Step 2: Download images into computer. If shot in RAW, convert them to TIFF or JPEG for computation. Enter ISO, incident and reflected shooting data*3 to the Data Transfer Software*1 and it creates a graph of dynamic range and clipping points for your camera. Name and save the profile data.

    Step 3: Connect L–478 series to computer and transfer up to ten profiles. Stored files can be recalled and displayed at the touch of a finger. Color–coded dynamic range and clipping point information is clearly displayed on the meter´s analog scale. Exposure latitude warnings alert you when the exposure exceeds the range of the camera.

    *1: Data Transfer Software is an application software in CD–ROM included with the meter.
    *2: Sekonic and X–Rite targets are sold separately.
    *3: Sekonic L–478VF 5–degree viewfinder, sold separately, is required for reflected light readings and DTS calibration using targets.

    Data Transfer Software (CD–ROM included)
    Data Transfer Software enables:

    1. Dynamic range profiling and meter calibration.
    2. Customizing meter functions.
    3. Creating custom frame rate, shutter angle and filter compensation settings.
    4. Upgrading the L–478–series firmware.

    Enhanced HD Cine / Cine Features
    Today´s digital cameras are boundless and a variety of cameras can be used in a single production. The L–478 series has two motion capture modes to fit camera in use. Touch to set shutter speeds for DSLR cameras in HD CINE mode or quickly select frame rates and shutter angles for cameras in CINE mode. Create unique frame rates and shutter angles for special effects.

    Infinite Frame Rate/Shutter Angle
    Special effects and light sources can push standard camera settings to their limits That´s why the L–478
    series also allows creating unique frame rates and shutter angles to .000 to enable precise exposure and lighting, producing the very best images and reduce time in postproduction.

    Unique Filtration Coompensation Mode
    Like all light and exposure meters, the L–478 series are calibrated for visual light. Because meters can´t measure filtered light by design, Sekonic designers added a unique Filter mode that enables getting exact light levels with touch screen ease. Touch the L–478 series to instantly call up lightsource or camera filtration expressed industry standard CTO/CTB/ND terms.

    For special filters or applications, create a unique filter factor and give it a name. Up to four filters can be used together as a pack to assure full control in virtually any situation.

    Illuminance or Luminance Measurement
    Brightness measurement in Lux or FC and cd/m2 or FL will make the L–478 series a major player on movie sets around the world. Display brightness along with exposure measurements or simply by itself.

    Contrast Function
    The L–478 series´ contrast function simplifies setting up lighting ratios or checking the evenness of a background or scene. Take a reading of the key or reference light and touch AVE/EV to create a standard. Then press the measuring button to display the brightness difference between the standard and new reading.

    Memory Mode and Latitude Display
    Up to nine readings can be memorized. An indicator appears on the analog display each time a measurement is memorized. This provides a fast and simple way of retaining and analyzing shadow, mid tone and highlight exposure readings. Digital readings can be recalled and/or cleared at any time for precise exposure control.

    The dynamic range of your digital camera or film can be programmed into the L–478 to create a Latitude Display that mirrors the range of your system.

    Set a Mid.Tone from Tool Box to display the Latitude Scale. This important guide will let you know readings are within the range of your camera.


Features & Specs

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Manufacturer's Warranty
    3 Year Warranty
Detailed Specifications
    Sekonic L–478D LiteMaster Pro Technical Specifications
  • Type: Digital exposure meter for ambient and flash light
  • Receptor Head: Rotating Domed Head 90° to the right, 180° to the left, Retractable for Contrast Reading
  • Light Receiving Method: Incident light and reflected light
  • Receptor Incident Light: Convertible to flat diffuser(Lumisphere slides to expose Lumidisc)
  • Receptor Reflected Light: 5° Viewfinder (Separate Accessory)
  • Light Receptor Element: 2–Silicon photo diodes (incident and reflected)

  • Measuring Range and Modes
    Measuring Modes Ambient Light:
  • HD Cine Shutter priority metering, FPS (Frame Rate Priority) metering, Lux/FC
  • Cine FPS (Frame Rate Priority) metering, Shutter Angle setting, Lux/FC
  • Simple brightness measurement (foot–lambert, cd/m2
  • Simple illumination measurement (lux, foot–candle)
  • Aperture priority metering
  • EV metering
  • Shutter priority metering
  • Measuring Modes Flash:
  • Measurement using the optional wireless flash radio triggering system (cumulative and non–cumulative)
  • Without synchro cord (cumulative and non–cumulative)
  • With synchro cord (cumulative and non–cumulative)
  • Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Light:
  • Incident light EV–2 to EV 22.9
  • Reflected light EV3 to EV 19.9 (requires accessory sold separately)
  • Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash:
  • Incident Light f/1.0 to f/128.9
  • Reflected Light f/2.8 to f/128.9 (requires accessory sold separately)

  • Measuring Range Illuminance: 0.63 to 2000000lux 0.10 to 180000FC
  • Measuring Range Brightness: 1 to 980000 cd/m2 0.29 to 290000 foot lamberts

  • Display Range and Modes
  • Display Range Film Speed: ISO 3 to 409600 (in 1/3 steps)
  • Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient: 30 min to 1/64,000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) plus 1/200, 1/400
  • Display Range Shutter Speeds Flash: 30 min to 1/1000 sec. (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps) plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400
  • Display Range Aperture: f/0.5 to f/161.2 (in 1, 1/2, 1/3 steps)
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Included Coverage from Sekonic: 3 Year Warranty

Category ID: 227 | $389.00