drjlo1 6:43pm, 14 September 2012

Wow, not your father's old light meter..
Scott Strehlow Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Scott Strehlow (member) 5 years ago
Perhaps for what that will probably cost, they can afford a proofreader.

I've never heard of a "synch chord" and some paragraphs have open quotes but no closed quotes, but others have both. I don't understand why the paragraphs have quotes at all. Was this whole review copied from somewhere else?

And this unit will lock you in to buying the Pocket Wizards if you want to use the wireless triggering. Why not put a hot shoe on it that provides pins and signals for both Canon and Nikon. Then we could stick any trigger on it, TTL or manual.
MrDAT 5 years ago
^M^ Posted 5 years ago. Edited by ^M^ (member) 5 years ago
I'd be afraid of apple suing .... sort of looks like an I-phone/touch/pad .I-whatever .... Apple could go after them for using the letter I in the i-TTl ...

....Just saying ....

BTW .. I am a mac owner ... so this is just me being a smart@$$ ... not attacking apple ... just havin some fun
Scott Strehlow 5 years ago
My first thought was there was a photo detector plugged into the headphone jack of a phone.

I expect to see that variation soon.
elv0000 Posted 5 years ago. Edited by elv0000 (member) 5 years ago
Price $469 - www.pictureline.com/sekonic-l-478dr-litemaster-pro.html?u...

Silly question, but how does it control ITTL flashes, do they mean it has an IR transmitter built in?

Edit - they work through PocketWizard TT5's to control speedlights -

Pretty Nice!
Rangefindergeneral 5 years ago
No spot meter and can you see the screen in bright sun..???
Be great in the studio. But when I assist I need a spot-meter..
ChrisVPhoto 5 years ago
Looks like there's a spotmeter attachment from the intro video.

B&H link here: www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/891482-REG/Sekonic_401_364...
Ranger_9 5 years ago
Interesting! My Minolta Flash Meter IV still does everything I need, but when/if it gives up the ghost I'll want to look into this.

My first thought was that since I don't shoot with either Nikon or Canon (I'm using Olympus) I could save 80 bucks and buy the 478D (non-iTTL) version. But then I realized two things: (1) the DR also is compatible with my old "Plus" Pocketwizards, at least for triggering; (2) Since the meter is the flash controller, conceivably I could buy a couple of Canon- or Nikon-compatible TTL flashes and matching FlexTT5s, and have fully remote-adjustable flashes regardless of what camera I wanted to use! Not bad...
lowflash (Brian) Posted 5 years ago. Edited by lowflash (Brian) (member) 5 years ago
I wonder about battery life with that big display. At least it uses common AAA batteries.
Jerry P. H. 5 years ago
Wow, definitely the new standard in light meters, even controls the power output of the flashes from there. That said if you happen to have the older L-358 meter, you can purchase the module to trigger standard and new ControlTL flashes, though it cannot change flash power, which is no biggie... set power via your AC3 and enjoy.

This is a nice option if you already have the L-358.

www.nickgiron.com Posted 5 years ago. Edited by www.nickgiron.com (member) 5 years ago
Chris, will the PWIII's be able to adjust power as well??
Or just the TT5's?
Is there compatibility for the power adjustment features with Buff, Profoto etc? (Some mfr's have PW capabilities.)
elv0000 5 years ago
Nickgphoto - check the video - youtu.be/23hb9ji-Izk

No remote power with PW Plus II / III, but yes to all Control TL (TT5) compatible speedlites and monolites.

This is more of a major bonus to the PocketWizard TT5 system and users.
-craigulator- PRO 5 years ago
while it looks shiny and cool I have a reluctance to invest in this, I have the L-758DR with the RT-32CTL module and it's so very reliable...I'm leery of the touch screen becoming an issue later on with these newer units. Although I do like the control options for flash output I can just use my AC-3 as stated above
MrDAT Posted 5 years ago. Edited by MrDAT (member) 5 years ago
You know after reading about/seeing the meter in action, this is exactly what I've been looking for. A device that can _easily_ control the power of lights. Less I have to go into the menu of my camera, the better.
MrDAT 5 years ago
No, I don't.
ChrisVPhoto 5 years ago
Having been using FlexTT5s and the AC3 for over a year now, I can vouch: it's awesome having the power control at the flick or a thumb. The meter should be fun to use as well.
elv0000 5 years ago
What will happen then if you have the AC3 on camera (on tripod) and meter in hand, and you change power levels via the meter, would you have to change them on the AC3 to match when you're back to the camera each time as well?
ChrisVPhoto 5 years ago
You can activate "No Change - Trigger only" on the radio, take the AC3 off, and use only the meter for changing power levels. The radio on the camera just then spits out the last power levels.

If you use the AC3 on the camera you then have to match what's on the sliders on the screen of the meter. Can't have two people telling another what to do unless you want that third person to do two different things, right?
Jerry P. H. Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Jerry P. H. (member) 5 years ago
Yup, Chris beat me to it... you can choose what unit is going to be able to do the power changes... the AC3 on your camera or the AC3 with ControlTL unit in your pocket/hand.

You can also set it up so that 1 camera can have the AC3 on a ControlTL unit and it does all the lighting control while your second camera or second photographer is locked in to whatever settings you make. The nice thing is that this can all be done at the same time, which is quite cool.

Not quite related, but part of the package, you can have two photographers with controlTL and AC3 units on their cameras using the same set of lights, but one of them is in TTL and the other in full manual, and if both are using the same channel/group, it all works seamlessly.
DB-UK PRO 5 years ago
I just picked up one of these today (478DR). Haven't tried it out properly yet but looks good from an initial fiddle. This will be replacing my Sekonic 558 as I really don't need two meters.
DB-UK PRO 5 years ago
Rangefinder general:

Why do you need a spot meter when assisting?
Jerry P. H. 5 years ago
Maybe so he can tell the fauxtographer what settings his camera should be set at because the person is clueless? :-))
DB-UK PRO 5 years ago
That explains why you would want a meter when assisting. No problem understanding that. I just don't see why you/one/he would be using a spot meter. I assume that the spot metering would be reflected rather than incident so can't really see how this would be needed or useful when assisting. Just curious.......
Jerry P. H. 5 years ago
I rarely use assistants, so it's fore sure not me, and the only time I use a meter is in the studio (maybe 2 times a year and no assistants needed there due to the much slower pace in comparison and the fact that I have 2 wireless ways to trigger one one more flashes from anywhere within a 180+ foot radius), because at a wedding or dynamic special event there is no time for anyone to use meters, and if you are, you are missing IMPORTANT moments and need to learn how to nail your exposures FAST and without one in those situations.

Nothing wrong with my exposures either in or out of the studio, with or without a meter. :-)

I'd be curious as to why as well.
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