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Ideal prime or back-up meter for still photography and cinematography use
Amorphous photocell requires no batteries or external power source.
ISO range 6 to 12,000 in 1/3 step increments
60-seconds to 1/8000th, f/0.7 to f/128, 8-fps to 128-fps
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Sekonic has redesigned their popular analog light meter to more current industry standards. The Studio Deluxe III L-398A retains all of the legendary features and benefits of its predecessor. Using an environmentally-friendly amorphous silicon photocell, Sekonic can continue to offer the popular L-398 battery-free. The L-398A offers both "Still" and "Cine" shooters the familiar features and repeatable accuracy expected from Sekonic.
No refund or Exchange. Brand new in box.
1-Year Warranty, extendable at no charge to 3 years total (USA only) after registration, backed by our outstanding customer support team
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Background: I own a Sekonic L-758DR, a Gossen Digisix 2, and a Lumu light meter. This is now my favorite light meter, above all those others. Why? Well, the L-758DR (really, they need to work on these names cause I can never remember these stupid numbers), may be supposedly weatherproof, but I think they are some of the shoddiest meters on the planet. The buttons stick, the buttons break, and the unit feels cheap for how much money it costs. The L-398A is solid, and feels solid. No sticky push buttons = nothing to wear out or pop off. The needle button on this is a simple spring; no circuit boards to replace. The only reason I still have a L-758DR? Wireless sync with my Bowens via PocketWizard. Really though, that's about it. The spot meter never seems sensitive enough to read the shadows I point it at so that's a non starter either.
So what about the Gossen? I hear a lot of people saying they would go with that over the L-398A. Probably a Ken Rockwell thing. The Digisix...
I don't know how I've managed for so long without a light meter. This is a game changer. I always figured a light reader was for film photography, and over-the-top for digital photography, but boy am I wrong. My Sekonic L-398A arrived today, and I've spent the past 3 hours learning how to use it (thank you YouTube) and experimenting with it both indoors and outdoors, with the high slide and without, and in various settings with various subjects. The results have been absolute perfection. I think it's time to say goodbye to in-camera metering and say hello to manual metering.
If you're contemplating a light meter, stop - just buy one and you'll never look back.
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