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Sekonic Flashmate L-308S Digital Light/Flash Meter-Grey
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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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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.
The meter is built to offer shutter priority only, not aperture priority: for picture makers this is absurd - we set our film speed and aperture and then work with whatever shutter speed we must (within reason) work with for the correct exposure and the right picture.
EV rating has to be referred to a separate table. What!?!?
No English instructions. Ridiculous. The Amazon product manager should get a kicking for this as they clearly haven't had stern words with Sekonic or tried hard enough to source an English instruction set.
The Gossen Digisix 2 does all of this better for less money.
The unit is really easy to use - Just set the ISO and shutter speed, set the mode and fire the lights and the Flashmate shows the exposure - Done. Also gives great results in natural light portrait shots - Just point the unit at the camera under the subjects chin, press the button - Done.
If you don't own a flashmeter and are interested in using flash, the L-308S is highly recommended.
I never had used a flashmeter before. So I did a little research before buying this. On youtube there are several video reviews, both on the Sekonic L-308S, and other brands of flash meters. I only found positive comments.
The meter does what it say. And is easy to use.
It's useful to be able to get the correct setting for your camera, with the chosen values, giving you the last setting. F.x you can set ISO at 200 and shutter at 1/125 sec. And then read the given setting for aperture, f.x. like 4.5.
First it looks like you can only do this, - give the ISO and shutter, and get the last aparture. I had a little video watching and reading to do, until I found out that you can do it the other way also. Set the ISO, and the Shutter then get the value like 4.5, (just as before): But then you can skip up or down, where the aparture and shutter values will change. You can, doing it this way, simply skip till you get the aparture at 5.6 if you want that specific setting, and then read the shutter value, then f.x. like 1/80 sec.
So by skipping up or down you can get all the possibilities.
I's a cool little instrument. And I can really honestly recommend this.
You can get readings from the ambient or flash lightings. Your DSLR most likely alread have and use lightmetering. But that works only for ambient light. Using flash you will have to have experience and know you light, or try different settings. Or you can use such a divice as this.
Cool. And worth, 5 Stars.
I have to say I didn't expect to be impressed but I am. It is easy to use both in the studio and outside comes with everything you need. The only downside is the instructions are mega small I had to enlarge them on my copier just to read them.
It feels a little flimsy, so I'm not sure that I'd want to lug it around on an external shoot, but it works well and gives consistent readings. It is easy to configure for your own camera, and there's good support information in the manual and online.
I only wanted a basic meter, and this is a basic meter. In my budget home studio, I have Phottix Ares triggers (so no TTL and no remote compatibility with any other trigger). This works for me, because I work in manual, both on the camera and in setting the power of my speed lights (yes, it's a low-budget lighting rig).
This meter works perfectly in this setup. I don't trigger the flashes through the PC sync socket, but just put the meter in flash mode and then use the Ares trigger to fire the flashes. I find that I get good, consistent readings from this without bother.
My only niggle is that there is no aperture priority mode, which would make the workflow slightly nicer.
So it's a basic meter, that works for me given my manual workflow.
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No need to spend more to get % ambient:speedlight or key:fill. SIMPLE ratio calc is all you need.