Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR-U-EL Exposure Meter
I wont start this post by saying I have bad luck. That is not this case. I just rarely have good luck. I don’t find money, I don’t win on lottery tickets and when I buy something it usually shows up cheaper shortly thereafter. Well for once I can say i was lucky and the good luck is the subject of today’s post the Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR-U-EL exposure meter.
About two years ago I purchased the standard model L-478 and it was a game changer for getting proper exposure of my pictures. Life was good. Fast forward to last year when I decided to bite the bullet and buy a real studio strobe in the form of an Elinchrom D-Lite RX-4. I found the D-Lite RX-4 to provide great results but my control was limited to using a pc sync cord connected to my Nikon D810. I found myself at a crossroads with studio lighting. I was heavily invested in the Nikon CLS but it’s proprietary system does not work with non Nikon flashes. There are third party trigger controls like pocket Wizard, RadioPopper and a bunch of inexpensive knockoffs. I finally decided I would head down the path of Pocket Wizard as it was the most common radio trigger brand. Now up until this point I had basically ruled out Elinchrom’s own radio trigger system referred to as EL Skyport. This was because it was becoming a dated system. Then something changed. Elinchrom updated the line. Elinchrom Skyport became a cross between Nikon CLS and Pocket Wizard. With the purchase of a EL- Skyport Plus HS transmitter I could communicate with my D-Lite RX-4. The EL- Skyport Plus HS is the Elinchrom equivalent of the Nikon SU-800 Commander with a big improvement. If I also purchase an Elinchrom EL-Skyport Receiver Plus for Nikon I could also trigger my Nikon Speedlights. This was huge for me. I was now on the path to officially adopt Elinchrom Skyport to radio trigger all of my flashes. What does all this have to do with the Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR-U-EL? Keep reading.
Right about the time I made the decision to switch to Skyport radio triggering Sekonic announced an Elinchrom version of the L-478 that had been upgraded to fire Elinchrom strobes.This was about an ideal solution to exposure as I could dream for. The problem was I had the year old standard L-478 that cost me $400. I simply couldn’t justify another $400. While I briefly thought of selling the L-478 I knew I would procrastinate and never follow through. Then something happened, I got lucky. A friend was visiting and we were discussing all that I wrote above and I went to Amazon to show him the Elinchrom version of the L-478 and what do my eyes see? It’s on sale for $299 and thats $100 less expensive than all the other versions of the L-478. I bought it.
So now your thinking “What the heck will he do with two exposure meters?”. That’s the best part of it all. I can leave the Skyport version of the Sekonic in my studio and the regular L-478 can stay in my camera bag. I have further refined my setup that the Nikon speedlights and the CLS will be my portable setup and I will continue adding Elinchrom strobes with their built in Skyport receivers to my studio setup.
LiteMaster Pro L-478DR-U-EL
Sekonic’s LITEMASTER PRO L-478-Series meters are the world’s first touch-screen-operated light meters. They have an array of unique, must-have features for both still and motion story tellers. Their compact size is both instantly familiar and comfortable to use. A large LCD (2.7″) displays ambient, flash, cine and a host of other information in a clear and understandable way. Settings are made by simply touching or sliding a finger over the screen.
The L-478 meters can be quickly calibrated to your camera using Sekonic’s Data Transfer software and either Sekonic or X-Rite Brand targets or by manually inputting data to the DTS program or on the meter itself.
Keeping pace with wireless advancements, the L-478DR-U-EL comes complete with exclusive Elinchrom Skyport technology which combines light measurement and flash power control providing amazing control in your hand.
The L-478DR-U-EL has a radio module and antenna built into the meter. The system transmits at 2.4GHz and uses signal protocols that are unique to Elinchrom’s Skyport wireless triggering/control system.
The L-478 series meters offer the following languages in the interface: Japanese, English and Chinese. Depending on the country where the meter is purchased, the language is fixed and cannot be changed by the user.
Amazing Must-Have Features
For Still Photographers:
- Full featured Ambient-Flash modes including new T-F mode.
Measure, compare, and mix ambient and flash displayed on a color, touch screen for beautiful, controlled, results.
- DTS Exposure Profiling matches the meter to the performance of your camera.
Precise exposure and lighting starts with precise, repeatable metering.
- Radio triggering and Flash Power Setting w/Elincrhom flashes with Skyport receivers .
Flash Group selection and power control with a touch of a finger.
- Cine/HD Cine modes for today’s HDSLR and Video Cine cameras.
Effortlessly switch between HDSLR and Cine for exact exposure settings in exact increments for both.
- Infinite frame rate and shutter angle selection.
Create special settings for special applications.Video cine cameras are becoming boundless. Metering should be too.
- Unique, light-source filtration compensation mode.
Finally, precise control lighting using industry standard CTO/CTB/ND types at the touch of a finger.
- Illumination measurement and extended ISO range.
Lighting design and exposure in a single tool. ISO and exposure settings to match today’s digital cameras.
LiteMaster Pro L-478DR-U-EL – Technical Specifications
|Packaging Weight||0.77 lb. (0,35 kg)|
|Packaging Dimensions||8.26″ L x 5.82″ W x 1.96″ H (21cm x 14.8cm x 5cm)|
|Receptor Head||Incident light and reflected light|
|Light Receiving Method||Incident light and reflected light|
|Receptor Incident Light||Convertible to flat diffuser (Lumisphere in retracted position)|
|Receptor Reflected Light||5° spot with optional viewfinder|
|Flash Analyzing Function||0 to 100% in 10% increments|
|Multiple Flash Function||Infinite number of flash readings (Only one digit is displayed when the cumulated number is ten or more)|
|Calibration Compensation||(+/-) 1.0 EV (in 1/10 stops)|
|Exposure Compensation||(+/-) 9.9 EV (in 1/10 stops)|
|Custom Functions||14 custom functions|
|Auto Power Off||Selectable in Custom Functions|
Measuring Range and Modes
|Measuring Modes Ambient Light||Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, TF priority, CINE, HD Cine, Illuminance (lx/fc), Luminance (cdm2/fl)|
|Measuring Modes Flash||Cord (PC), Cordless, Radio Triggering (with/without mulitple cumulative)|
|Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash||0.63 to 2,000,000 lux – 0.10 to 180,000 fc|
|Measuring Range Brightness||0.25 to 190,000 cd/m2 – 0.10 to 190,000 foot lamberts|
Display Range and Modes
|Display Range Film Speed||ISO 3 to 409,600 (in 1/3 stops)|
|Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient||31 min. to 1/64,000 sec. plus 1/200, 1/400 sec (in 1, 1/2 and 1/3 stops)|
|Display Range Shutter Speeds Flash||31 min. to 1/1000 sec plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400|
|Display Range Aperture||f/0.5 to f/161.2 (in 1, 1/2 and 1/3 stops)|
|Display Range EV||EV-27.9 to EV55.8 (with Incident light reading of ambient light)|
|Display Range Cine Speeds fps||2 to 1000 f/s, plus user created settings: 20 entries|
|Display Range Shutter Angle||1°to 358°, plus user created settings: 20 entries|
|Battery(Power):||3 Type AA 1.5V Batteries Alkaline, Manganese, Lithium, Nickel Hydride, Nickel Based|
|Battery Power Indicator Display:||Icon with 3 status|
|Radio Triggering System:||Elinchrom Skyport|
|Triggering Range:||Up to 100 feet, Transmitter-Receiver|
|Frequencies/Groups:||Normal: 20 Frequencies / 4 Groups|