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Sekonic Flashmate L-308S Digital Light/Flash Meter

by Sekonic
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  • Smallest digital flash-meter for reflective and incident light readings in ambient or electronic flash lighting conditions.
  • Exposures accurate down to a tenth-of-a-stop for both ambient and electronic flash light readings in full-stop mode.
  • Meter 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.
  • At ISO 100, the ambient EV range is 0 to 19.9, flash f/stops range from f/1.4 to f/90.9 with a shutter-speed span of 60-seconds to 1/8000th-of-a-second (1 sec to 1/500th for flash);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;Pocket-sized, and easy to stow away

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.4 x 2.3 cm ; 77 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: L-308s
  • ASIN: B000BTCJNG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)

Product Description

Product Description

Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Display
Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Display
Sekonic L-308S Flashmate Lumisphere
Sekonic L-308S Flashmate's built in Lumisphere
L-308S Flashmate

The pocket-sized Sekonic L-308S Flashmate is the smallest and lightest digital light meter in the Sekonic line-up. It is designed to read ambient or flash exposures in either reflected or incident modes, and it displays accurate exposure readings in full, half, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure settings of today's DSLR and film cameras. The L-308S delivers accurate exposure readings in full-, half-, or third-stop increments to mirror the exposure displays of most popular cameras. When set to full-stop mode, exposures are displayed in tenth-stop increments with a repeat accuracy of +/- 0.1 EV. The LCD screen is designed to emulate the look and feel of its bigger brother, the Sekonic L-358 flash meter. Exposure data and related information are displayed using large type and easy-to-read icons, perfectly legible in even low-level lighting conditions.

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.


Features
  • TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
  • Type: Digital exposure meter for ambient and flash light
  • Receptor Head: Sliding Lumisphere with Lumidisc Adapter
  • Light Receiving Method: Incident light and reflected light
  • Receptor Incident Light: Built-In Lumisphere, Attachable Lumidisc (included)
  • Receptor Reflected Light: Lens with 40° Receiving Angle
  • Light Receptor Element: Silicone photo diode
  • MEASURING RANGE 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 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°)
  • OTHER
  • 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
  • Product Dimensions: 4.30 x 2.50 x 0.90 in./10.90 x 6.40 x 2.30 cm
  • Product Weight: 0.20lbs./0.10kg.
  • Item Includes: L-308S Flashmate, Lumidisc (with pouch), soft case, strap, synchro terminal cap and an AA battery.

Box Contains

  • Sekonic L-308s Flashmate
  • Case
  • Neck Strap
  • User manual
  • Original Package

  • Customer Questions & Answers

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    58 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Kenly Mendoza Montoya on 11 Mar 2010
    As a photography film student I was in the search for a light meter since our film cameras dont have a built in flash meter ( in this case de arri sr3 ) At school we use the sekonic 758 the most advanced sekonic flash meter. I was under a budget so I decided to go with the L-308S and I am so glad I did. It is a breeze to use. You have the option to put the shutter in film mode. It is so light weight. It fits easily in any pocket. The best part is that it uses a AA battery and that is it. Other light meters use special batteries that are harder to find and usually you can only buy them at specific shops.

    In conclusion it is a great light meter. I highly recomended. Personally I prefer the L-308S over the other Sekonic light meters.
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. J. de Bulat TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Aug 2012
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    Before buying a flashmeter, you should probably ask yourself why you want one or need one, for that matter. Most digital cameras will give you a sufficiently accurate reading automatically; I used my camera automatic metering and it was alright, most of the time. However, if you want the best results and start to use manual settings, then a meter is essential. This meter will read ambient light as well as flash. In the use of flash it is accurate up to a 1/3 of a stop and is a positive aid where you need pinpoint accuracy in terms of d.o.f and exposure. I have been using it for the last several months and it has always been spot on. It is easy to set up and use, connects to your key light and triggers the flash with a press of a button; I recommend it.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By monoli on 6 Dec 2012
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    it's simply great. It does the job- just set your ISO, shutter speed and off you go! ready settings there for you! with two sensor heads good for studio and sensor for outdoors- just change the mode.
    I would put 'I love it' if there will be back light for screen in dark studio environment
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    38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Cheatin' Jockey VINE VOICE on 29 Dec 2010
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    If you're new to the world of Light Meters, Sekonic is a brand that seems to have been around forever in this space and is very well respected; it was an easy choice for me.

    I purchased it for the flash meter function - I just got my first studio light set so rather than rely on trial and error for set-up I thought a meter would be a bit easier. The meter itself amply fills the palm of your hand and has all the buttons where you need then for single handed operation. It's very simple to use - you just tell it the camera ISO setting and shutter speed and set it to 'get ready to meter', hit the flash test button on your light's remote trigger and up pops the settings - spot on every time so far! The wireless system that came with my lights made it easy for me but even if your flash uses a cable trigger the Sekonic has a cable connection which means you can trigger stobes directly from the meter.

    As well as a flash meter it also provides incident and reflected light readings. While this might seem out-moded I've found myself using it instead of the camera meter a couple of times already for certain subjects; it also makes you look like you know what you're doing...

    It comes with a cord, carry case, battery and a different diffuser and as well as normal light metering and flash, it can also be used for cinematography and provide EV readings that can be converted to LUX via a table in the manual.

    At 118x64x24mm (140x87x24mm in the case) my only gripe is the large size and light weight - if it was the same weight but smaller it would be great for travel but it is quite big and as such I fell it lends itself better to studio work, for which more weight would have given it a higher quality feel. For this reason I was tempted to give it 4 stars but it's nothing more than a personal preference and you can't really argue with the price/operation/accuracy making it a very good product, so for me it definitely gets a 5* rating.
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    16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By brainleek007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 2011
    This unit is not the most fully featured light meter compared to some you can get you can get but for the price it does exactly what you need.

    I've used mine a lot whilst working with studio flashes (which it fires once you attach a synch lead) and I've always found it to be very accurate, always giving me a bang on exposure. It's small (pocket sized) and very light yet feels well built and it's easy to work around a scene checking light levels in all the nooks and crannies.

    It's also able to take reflected light readings - simply slide open the built in diffuse dome and it will work in much the same way as the built in light meter in you camera.

    It's one of those devices that 'just works'.
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    12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Thompson on 18 Dec 2009
    A very useful Flash Meter, easy to use. For just starting up in Studio Work. Also a great back up if you have a more complicated meter.
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    10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By I. Williams on 4 Jun 2010
    A neat fit in your pocket piece of kit. Easy to use and accurate, compared to alternatives can be bought at a reasonable price, nicely finished. If your Weston has given up the ghost as mine did I would recommend this to you.
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    48 of 56 people found the following review helpful By James Talbot on 29 Feb 2008
    This Sekonic is an excellent meter. It is extremely accurate and simple to use. Clear display and well made. Why pay more when this does the job, perfect exposures every time. just go for it
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