Controlling light is an essential skill for photographers, videographers and digital filmmakers.
Sekonic makes tools such as light meters, color meters and illuminometers to help photographers and cinematographers measure and control light for the perfect exposure.
Sekonic Corporation Japan provides the widest range of light measurement devices for photographers around the world.
Established in June 1951 as Seiko Electric Industries Co., Ltd., the first Sekonic brand exposure meter introduced was the revolutionary Sekonic P-1.
Over the years, worldwide demand for exposure meters resulted in growth and the construction of a new factory in June of 1959.
Through the years Sekonic meters became so well recognized that in February 1984 the Sekonic Digipro X-1 and L-518 meters were taken into space on the NASA Space Shuttle.
Today Sekonic continues to produce and develop meters for every aspect of photography, serving the film, video, cinematography, and digital photography markets.
It all started on June 16th, 1951, when Mr. Ryuichi Mitani, a young man at the time, established “Seiko Electronic Co. Ltd” engineering, manufacturing and design company for exposure light meters and selenium purification systems. That same year, the company released their first exposure meter, the L-1, under the brand name Sekonic. By 1960 the Sekonic brand meters became so popular that the company changed the name from Seiko Electronic Co. Ltd to Sekonic Corporation, a true testament that Sekonic meters were destined for success.
The company grew over the years and in 1963 it was listed onthe Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sekonic’s detail to precision engineering and business expertise in the electronics business landed them many notable OEM clients such as Copal and Konica. In 1974 Sekonic received the “Good Design” award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for the L-428 System Meter. Sekonic would later be honored with this prestigious award again in 1994 for the L-308B Flashmate. During the years to follow, Sekonic diversified into other markets such as Industrial Recorders, Plotters, Optical Mark Readers and other various measuring instruments.
As the photo industry evolved into digital capture technology, Sekonic demonstrated its commitment to the needs of the professional photographer. Starting with the L-558 DualMaster and then the L-308S, Sekonic began to release digital-ready light meters. However, in 2006 Sekonic completely reinvented the meaning of a light meter with the world’s first digital “Exposure Profiling” solution, the L-758 DigitalMaster. The L-758 series currently leads the product line and remains unchallenged in the industry by offering photographers a hardware/software package that ensures perfect digital exposure control. It is the first truly digital-ready light meter with tons of cool features, and earned the nickname the ultimate “Multi Tool.” With the L-758 off the drawing board, Sekonic engineers, fueled with excitement, set off to break another digital milestone. In 2008 the world’s first digital-ready color meter with wireless triggering built-in was born: the C-500 series.
In recent times, Sekonic has seen the merge of still and moving images, and Sekonic is there with products such as the L-308DC DigiCineMate launched in 2010. Today Sekonic continues to bring innovative new products to professional photographers and videographers. We at Sekonic have come a long way, and there are many more miles ahead of us. We couldn’t have done it without the loyal people behind the company, and so it’s with pride and gratitude that we ask you our customers to join us in celebrating this most auspicious occasion.