Exposure Meters

Title:
Sekonic L-478D LiteMaster PRO Light Meter

CAT#
SKU:
401-474

Key Features

Incident Metering for Ambient & Flash

Reflected 5 degree spot metering with optional viewfinder attachment

Cine Setting: Frame Rate & Shutter Angle

2.7" Color Touchscreen LCD

Flash Analyzing Function

Filtration Compensation Mode

Illuminance/Luminance Measurements

Contrast Function & Memory Mode

Custom Exposure Profiles & Calibration

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5 Degree Spot (Optional)


The Sekonic 5 Degree Spot Viewfinder for the LITEMASTER PRO L-478D Series of light meters is an attachment spot viewfinder that features a 5° metering area for more precise, reflected-light measurement.


Full HD & HD Cine Modes


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.

Full Featured Meter For Cinematographers

Dial in your exact shutter angle and frame rate to get exact exposures, and evaluate the lighting in your scene.



What’s in the Box

Sekonic L-478D LITEMASTER PRO Light Meter

Start-up Guide

Strap

Soft case

Anti-glare film

Downloadable from website:
Operating manual

Data Transfer Software

*Contents may be different depending on the country

Product Overview

Equipped with a large and intuitive 2.7" color touchscreen LCD, the LiteMaster Pro L-478D Light Meter from Sekonic will make incident metering for ambient and flash light super simple. The major ability of this system enables complete control of the flash's power in 0.1-step increments.

Notable for the L-478 light meter series is the large color touchscreen, which allows for fast control over settings for both ambient and flash metering. The meter is quite capable as well, able to function within a range of -2 to 22.9 EV at ISO 100. Additionally, for the current crop of hybrid shooters this model expands on its standard stills functions with two distinct video modes: Cine and HD Cine. These settings give access to frame rate selection from 1-1,000 fps as well as shutter angle settings from 1-358° as well as ISO 850 for Canon cinema cameras.

Guaranteeing the best possible performance is a suite of functions and features that will ensure users have the best tools available to them. Among these is a flash analyzing function that uses ambient and flash simultaneously to allow for shooters to dial in their preferred mix. Also, using the included Data Transfer Software users will be able to do Exposure Profiling for their camera by using the optional 5° viewfinder, showing dynamic range limits and knowing that you will have an accurate exposure. Alongside this is a Filtration Compensation Mode that allows for the meter to account for filter factor, which can now be done at up to 12 EV for landscape shooters using high-density ND filters. Other features include a contrast function for comparing brightness, a memory mode for 8 readings, and illuminance or luminance measurement.

Specifications
International Catalog 
401-478
International Catalog Info 

JR11 (CE - European Manual)
JR12 (FCC & IC - English Manual)
JR1G (Chinese - Chinese Manual)
JR1J (Korea - English Manual)


Sensor 
SPD
Measuring System 
Exposure Meter Incident light: Swivel head, retractable lumisphere, Reflected light: Removable, with Optional 5 deg. VF

Measuring Modes Ambient Light 

T priority, F priority, TF priority, HD_CINE (T priority), CINE (f/s priority), Lux/FC, Cd/m2/FL

Measuring Modes Flash 

Cordless, Cord-in (PC), Multiple cumulative flash

Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Incident Light 

-2 to 22.9 EV
0.63 to 2,000,000 lx
0.1 to 180,000 fc

Measuring Range (ISO 100) Ambient Reflected Light 

3 to 22.9EV
1.0 to 980,000 cd/m2
0.29 to 290,000 fl

Measuring Range Flash Incident Light 

F1.0 to F161.2(=128.9),

Measuring Range Flash Reflected Light 

F2.8 to F161.2(=128.9),

ISO Range 
ISO 3 to ISO 409,600 + ISO 850
Aperture Range (Ambient Light) 
F0.5 to 161.2(=128.9) in 1, 1/2, 1/3 step (Analog Scale: F1.0 to F90 in 1/3 step)
Aperture Range (Flash Light) 
F0.5 to 161.2(=128.9) in 1, 1/2, 1/3 step (Analog Scale: F1.0 to F90 in 1/3 step)
Shutter Speeds Range (Ambient Light) 
30m to 1/64,000s in 1, 1/2, 1/3 step (Analog scale: 4s to 1/2,000s in 1/3 step)
Shutter Speeds Range (Flash Light) 
30m to 1/1,000s in 1, 1/2, 1/3 step
Frame Rate Range (Ambient Light) 
1 to 1,000 f/s plus other 20 settings (customized from 0.001 to 9,999.999)
Shutter Angles Range (Ambient Light) 
1 to 358 deg. plus other 20 settings (customized from 0.001 to 360)
EV Range (Ambient Light) 
EV-27.9 to EV55.8
Exposure Profile 
Yes
Memory 
Yes (9 times)
Contrast/Comparison Function 
Yes (+/-9.9EV in 1/10 step)
Flash vs Ambient Analyzing 
Yes (in 10% step)
Filter Compensation 
Yes (-12 to 12EV, preset 30 type)
Exposure Compensation 
Yes (-9.9 to +9.9)
Calibration Compensation 
Yes (-1.0 to +1.0)
Custom Settings 
Yes (13 custom settings)

Operating Temperature 
-10 to 50 deg. C
Storage Temperature 
-20 to 60 deg. C
Power source 
1.5V x 2 (AAA battery)
LCD 
2.7" color dot matrix touch panel LCD
LCD Backlight 
Yes
Weight (lbs.) 
0.29
Weight (KG) 
0.13
Product Length Inches 
5.50
Product Width Inches 
2.20
Product Height Inches 
1.00

Start up guide

Soft Case

Neck Cord

Anti-glare film

Safety Precaution

Software

Data Transfer Software for MAC

IMPORTANT!

  1. Customers who already installed DTS version 5.0 or earlier, before installing new version below, completely remove any previous versions and see this instruction and note.
  2. Please see the Software Guide for installation.
  3. Turn off firewalls and anti-virus programs during the installation process.
  4. Compatible with L-858 series, L-478 series and L-758 series.
  5. If you fail installing the latest Data Transfer Software / Utility Software due to Gatekeeper by Apple inc. Please see this instruction.
     

APFS Restrictions

Depending on the specification of the APFS file system, file display may not be in alphabetical order. Therefore, when saving multiple images in the same folder, it is difficult to find the necessary image for profile creation. 

Please kindly create a subfolder and manage related images by combining relevant images for each profile. 

Applicable Product

  • Mac Computer Products installed SSD model (mac OS 10.13 High Sierra and later)
  • A Devise formatted as APFS (mac OS 10.12 Sierra and later)

Version 6.0 for OSX 10.15 Catalina compatible with L-858D, L-758 and L-478 series

Download DTS ver. 6.0 for OSX 10.13 - 10.15 (9.7 MB)
Software Guide (4.4 MB)

 

Requirements of Version 6.0

Software Data Transfer Software (this software)
USB Driver
OS *1 MAC OS X 10.13
MAC OS X 10.14
MAC OS X 10.15
Models Macintosh with a standard USB interface *2 *3
CPU Intel CPU (compatible with operating conditions of OS) *2
RAM Compatible with operating conditions of OS
Hard disk space Same as above
Display Screen resolution: At least 1024 x 768
Color quality: At least 16-bit

*1 If you are using a Macintosh computer, be sure to use the Macintosh version of the software. Operation of the Windows version is not guaranteed when running in Virtual PC for the Mac.

*2 Intel CPU (except Core 2 Duo and earlier) dedicated. 68k computers and Power PCs not supported.

*3 Please note the following:
     - The operating system must be the one pre-installed on the computer.
     - Proper operation may not be possible on certain Macintosh models and configurations.
     - Proper operation is not guaranteed on a Macintosh with an upgraded operating system
       or an add-on USB interface.
     - Proper operation is not guaranteed over connections through a USB hub.
     -A drive capable of reading a CD-ROM is required to install the software from the CD-ROM.
 


 

Data Transfer Software for WINDOWS

IMPORTANT!

  1. Customers who already installed Data Transfer Software version 5.00, update the software by using "UPDATE" function in Data Transfer Software. However, when updating from version 5.01 with Windows 10, User Account Control may block the updating. In this case, please uninstall the old version 5.01, and install new version 5.11.
  2. Customers who already installed DTS version 3.093 or earlier, before installing new version below, completely remove any previous versions.
  3. Please see the Software Guide for installation.
  4. Turn off firewalls and anti-virus programs during the installation process.
  5. Version 5.10 is newly compatible with L-858 series in addition to L-758 and L-478 series. Version 5.01 or earlier is compatible with only L-758 and L-478 series.

Version 5.10 for Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 compatible with L-858, L-758 and L-478

Download DTS 5.10 (42.3 MB) Software Guide (4.6  MB)

 


Requirements

Software Data Transfer Software (this software)
USB Driver *1
OS *1

Windows® 7 (32/64-bit version) *1 Windows® 8.1 (32/64-bit version) *2 Windows® 10 (32/64-bit version) *3

Models PC with a standard USB interface *4
CPU Compatible with operating conditions of OS
RAM Same as above
Hard disk space Same as above
Display Screen resolution: At least 1024 x 768
Color quality: At least 16-bit
  1. Home Premium / Professional / Ultimate, SP1 upward.
  2. Windows 8.1 / Windows 8.1 Pro / Windows 8.1 Enterprise.
  3. Home / Pro / Enterprise.
  4. Please note the following:      
  • The operating system must be the one preinstalled on the computer.      
  • Proper operation may not be possible on certain computer models and configurations.      
  • Proper operation is not guaranteed on a computer with an upgraded operating system or an add-on USB interface, a homemade computer, a shop-made computer, or in an emulator environment (such as Virtual PC).      
  • Proper operation is not guaranteed over connections through a USB hub.

 

Firmware

DigitalMaster L-478 Series Firmware

IMPORTANT!:

  1. To update the firmware of your meter, install the Data Transfer Software first.
  2. Please see the Software Guide for installation under the software tab above.

  3. Go to the "Update Setting" tab on the screen of Data Transfer Software, and follow the instructions.

See the Release Note here for firmware version.

Manuals
Quick Start Videos
 
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