by Colin William Tyler
I will be the first person to admit that when it come to the tools in my photography arsenal, the light meter is probably the least utilized. In fact, in the last kit that I built, I decided to completely forgo a light meter and just rely on the camera’s built-in reflective light meter, histogram, and more chimping than I care to admit. There were two main reasons that I chose this path. The first being the price of a quality light meter, and the second being the ease of use when I am out shooting with it. When I got a chance to test the Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR, it was a pleasant surprise to find out that they had taken care of these issues and so much more.
The first thing that you will notice right away is the resistive style touch screen. The screen was very responsive, and the touch controls were solid, even when wearing gloves, which make it perfect for outdoor winter shoots. While being plastic, the quality of the body was nice as well. The rubberized coating around the edge gave it a very rugged feel.
The LiteMaster Pro also features a number of custom options and presets that let you change the meter to the options that work best for you. Are you using it for measuring flash in the studio? Just turn off the ambient light features that are meant for the outdoor enthusiast. The L-478DR is also great for the studio with built-in PocketWizard triggering that allows you to remotely make those fine adjustments to your ControlTL PocketWizard enabled flash units. The light reading was 1/3 to 1 stop more consistent than a reflective light meter and produced more accurate exposures.
At a price point of $539, and boasting more features than most high-end light meters, the Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR is the perfect light meter to accompany you on any shoot. Whether in the field or in the studio, it is guaranteed to help improve the quality of your shots every time. For more information visit daymen.ca or thecamerastore.com.