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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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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 6.4 x 2.3 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
  • Batteries 1 AA batteries required.
  • Item model number: 401-309
  • ASIN: B000BTCJNG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 10 Nov. 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (228 customer reviews)
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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

    Customer Reviews

    Top Customer Reviews

    Verified Purchase
    This is a great bit of kit and will do nearly everything the ones that cost twice as much do.
    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.
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    Verified Purchase
    I bought my original L-308B over 20 years ago. After all that time I decided to treat myself to this latest digital version. The latest version has a much improved display but otherwise works pretty well identically.

    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.
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    Verified Purchase
    Used to wander why people bought light meters when they had one built into their cameras. That was before I realized how stupid an idea that was. You can't take a reading from source with a camera, just what comes through the lens. This works really well and if your using studio flash it's a must have item. Seriously, Setting up a shoot on guess work is just plain stupid when your getting paid to do it. Spend the extra and do a proper job, you'll feel good about yourself....
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    Verified Purchase
    Sekonic manufacture excellent and easy to use light/flash meters and this model is no exception. I am putting together a Speedlight photo studio and wanted a reliable flash meter for accurate exposure readings under flash. This meter fits the bill perfectly.
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    A superb low cost light meter. I would have loved to buy the top end Sekonic meter but this does the job.
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    Industry standard... no messing around... using strobes? - Then you have to have this.
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    Simple to use and takes the guesswork when using manual speedlights
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    Delivered in perfect condition!
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