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Sekonic Twinmate L-208 Compact Analogue Light Meter

by Sekonic
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Compact light meter combines incident and reflected light measurement
  • Convenient accessory mounting shoe to attach the meter to the accessory flash shoe of many cameras
  • Hold and read function grabs and maintains the current reading for 15 seconds
  • Measuring system: Incident and reflected ambient light; silicon photo diode
  • Measuring modes: Ambient incident and reflected(33 degrees)
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.6 x 2.5 cm ; 118 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
  • Batteries 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: L-208
  • ASIN: B000KZBRG6
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

Product Description

The Sekonic L-208 TWINMATE is a palm-sized analog light meter for hand-held incident and reflected ambient light readings. Small and light, the L-208 TWINMATE can also be mounted onto your camera or bracket - using the included hot-shoe adapter for quick, camera-positioned reference readings as you work. Though designed primarily for entry-level users, long-time shooters look to the Sekonic L-208 TWINMATE as an accurate, easy-to-stow, back-up meter. Owners of rangefinder cameras who desire and incident and reflected meter also appreciate the included shoe mount. A sliding lumisphere enables accurate incident readings. Retract the lumisphere, and you can now take reflective readings. The silicon photo diode receives light at an angle of 33-degrees , which is slightly narrower than the angle-of-view of a normal lens. A hold-and-read function maintains the reading for 15 seconds after releasing the measurement button to allow you time to evaluate your settings. A single, long-lasting CR2032 lithium battery powers the show.


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sekonic Twinmate Light Meter 18 Sep 2009
This is a great little light meter! Although it feels a bit plasticky it is small and light and easily fits in a pocket. It is very easy to use and gives accurate readings. It has no fancy gimmicks and no flashing lights, it's just a light meter, which is kind of what you want really. I have not tested it yet in critical light conditions, but I have taken spot readings of scenes and evaluated readings, and the results have been good. I am not sure how long it would last. My old Weston Master is over 30 years old and shows no signs of wear - I don't think the Sekonic will do the same. However, it's quick and easy to use and I find I carry it most of the time now rather than the Weston.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very handy light-meter 22 Sep 2010
By Lizos
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I am using old film-cameras, that either do not have a light-meter or their light-meter is busted.
I was happy to see that the readings provided by this light meter were very close to the readings of my digital camera's light meter.
Very light and very easy to use.

It also has a nice hotshoe mount you can adjust in an appropriate position below the lightmeter according to your camera's hotshoe position
so that the lightmeter sits directly above the lens when mounted on the hotshoe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expensive 6 Feb 2013
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Plastic construction which on first look gives a very cheap look. The size of the meter is also quite small giving a "toylike" feel to it. The accuracy is ok (and that is what you're buying this for) but it is far too expensive. I would not recommend this item. Gave 3 stars but only for the accuracy of the meter and giving both reflected and incident readings. A little disappointed. Dave Davidge
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0 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sekonic Twinmate light meter 22 Dec 2012
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I have not had the opportunity to use the meter so I am reserving judgement but will review in due course
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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 14 July 2008
By Neurasthenic - Published on Amazon.com
The Sekonic L-208 is the least expensive professional light meter on the market, and has been a standard for years as a result. I have been using mine for over five years. I use numerous older cameras, some of which have no integrated light meters, and the accuracy of those that do is unknown, or they rely on batteries that can not be found, or which are too expensive for the value they would provide. It's easier and, in the long run, cheaper, to master a single external meter that works with all the cameras.

Operating the L-208 is simple -- dial in your ISO setting, set the lever to "incident" or "reflected" light, hold the meter where you want to measure the light (pointing at the camera for incident light, or at the target for reflected), and press the button.

Pro: it works, and the needle indicates a range of choices, the shutter speeds appropriate for a complete range of apertures. The battery lasts forever. It's small and light.

Con: it is too easy to accidentally spin the ISO dial, resulting in nonsense numbers. The "incident/reflected" lever is unmarked; I added my own labels, otherwise I could never remember which way was which. When I use it in public places, people sometimes think I am using a geiger counter to test for radioactivity.

Though the device is entirely plastic, I have had no problems with reliability. If I should ever replace my L-208, I will get another Sekonic.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little ambient/reflected light meter 7 April 2010
By John W. Griggs - Published on Amazon.com
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Though it's EV range doesn't make it great for very low light work, it's great for most "normal" photographic conditions. I've used it as an ambient light meter with my digitals when I want that type of metering, and in both modes with my collection of old film cameras. I also use it to verify the metering of old film camera metering systems when I repair them. Obviously it's not a flash meter.

It works well and I carry it all the time in my bag. It seems fragile, but despite being banged around constantly, it continues to function perfectly. It's compact enough to mount on a flash shoe and comes with a piece to do just that.

I find the ambient light mode helpful for my slide shooting where I don't trust my cameras internal meters to give me the correct exposure. By getting close in reflected mode (when you can do that) it allows something akin to spot metering.

Overall, a nice thing to always have in your bag, taking up little room but giving great utility.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lightweight meter fits on camera 23 Oct 2009
By Paul Desroches - Published on Amazon.com
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This little meter is very small, very light, and quite conveniently fits atop a camera on its shoe mount, and the mount on the meter can be relocated to move the meter into three different directions, or removed entirely. Comes with a neat little drawstring pouch. works well with vintage cameras without meters, or as an accessory meter for landscapes typically. Has incident and reflective reading capability built in. Press the button and an instant "lock" for 20 seconds ensues, enabling you to match the need with the movable one, then just read the settings and voila, you've got it done. Works accurately and well.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor QA at Sekonic 21 Jan 2012
By Mark Druziak - Published on Amazon.com
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Maybe I got a bad one, but I checked this meter against a Sekonic L-328, Canon 7D and Panasonic GF1 and most of the time the reading differed by a stop or more. The Sekonic L-328, 7D and GF1 all were metering within 1/2 stop of each other. The L-208 only agreed with the other meters about 20% of the time. The other 80% of the readings were a stop or more off. Sometimes it read higher, other times it read lower.

If this meter consistently read high or low, I could adjust for it. But it was so erratic I returned it.

UPDATE::

I decided to purchase another L-208 because I really liked the size and the price. The second meter was MUCH more accurate and consistant. It was always within 1/2 stop of the Sekonic L-328. The nice thing about this meter is that it is so small you can fit it in any pocket. When I am shooting with a 120 TLR, I like to travel light. I can hang the L-208 off of the camera strap or stick it in my pocket. No need to bring a camera bag!

If the first meter I purchased wasn't defective, I would have given the L-208 4 stars or maybe even 5 stars.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sekonic L-208 22 Jun 2009
By Cornelia Swart - Published on Amazon.com
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Light weight Light Meter compact, and very useful for beginner.. maybe professional photographers. As a Photographer Student I have acquired satisfied exposure results from this product. I am pleased, and would recommend it to anyone.
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