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Sekonic Flashmate L-308S Digital Light/Flash Meter
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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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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.
- 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°)
- 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.
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Top Customer Reviews
Only thing I miss is when I'm using fill flash is that it doesn't give the percentage of how much flash is contributing to the final image.
Apart from that you can use it for video too, just scroll to the end of the shutter range, after 1/8000 sec the next item then is the F/S. Display then will change from f-stop to F/S which is frames per second.
I've been using mine for many years now to get incident readings which IMHO is the best as you are measuring the light falling on your subject and not the amount of light reflecting back off it. Take a photo of a White Card and a Black Card letting the camera look after the settings, you will end up with 2 roughly 18% Grey images. The cameras built in meter reads reflected light and doesn't know if the subject is black or white it just tries to return an 18% grey image.
As a basic test I went out and took an incident reading and compared the two. There is .1 of a stop difference. I can think of nothing that I own that effectively functions precisely as well as brand new over this time scale.
With flash exposures, the new meter is definitely more sensitive than the original which is extremely useful and a worthwhile upgrade but is again very similar in readout.
I can now retire my slightly battered original in the knowledge that its replacement looks like being as good as my first.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Having started dabbling with continuous studio lights, i thought I would try this. It is a great meter and can give unbiased results. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steve H
I like this: it is extremely easy to use and makes a great entry-level flash meter for someone like me: an enthusiastic amateur. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dave
Just recently I have become more interested in creative lighting with manual flash and guesswork was getting a little tiresome. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Geezer
The only cheap lightmeter to have.
Amazing. The best. ON my 5th one, (broke a few on safari)
This has a problem in that the max flash speed on my Sony a58 is 1/160th but this goes straight from 1/250 to 1/125, so I can't use my max shutter speed with this device, this is... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anorak