Sekonic L-758DR

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  • Accurate; Appealing design and durability; Best for outdoor shoots
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  • Light meter required for natural light settings

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Sekonic L-758DR Review

The Sekonic L-758DR is the most dynamic light meter that one can find in the market. It is able to record incident or 1-degree spot readings for strobe and/or ambient lighting with an accuracy amounting to ten-spot. It is also sealed to withstand the harshest of weather conditions.

 

The device includes the Sekonic RT-32 Radio Transmitter Module, which one can use to wirelessly enabler Pocket Wizard-triggered flash systems. But what truly sets the Sekonic L-758DR apart is that it is the exclusive meter which can be calibrated to read the light in the manner by which your camera’s sensor reads light. To do so, it reads the specific sensitivity levels of the camera’s imaging sensor to produce fine and exact light readings. Its exposures are exact down to a tenth-of-a-stop in full stop mode for both ambient and strobe lighting. It has a built-in one degree spot meter that contains an adjustable diopter (-2.5 to 1.0 d) and is meant for 30.5 mm filter. This light meter can also store 9 readings for meter averaging and contrast evaluations in aperture and shutter priority modes. For mixed lighting situations, Sekonic L-758DR shows the combined exposure values of both flashes.

 

The necessity of having such product depends on your goals as a photographer. Getting perfect light ratios and balancing strobe versus ambient lighting in a high quality way is difficult without a light meter. If you plan to use 5 plus lights on every shoot and require every aspect to be perfect, you definitely need a light meter. But you do not need a light meter if you plan to use a lot of natural light. Sekonic light meters function with Pocket Wizards in order to enable lights. A button on the light meter’ side will enable your lights when connected up to Pocket Wizards. It makes the metering lights process simply and easy. One only has to place the light meter close to the subject, push a button and the details of how much light is evident from the strobes revealed.

 

One can really benefit from the Sekonic L-758DR when shooting outdoors with strobes. The light meter reveals the ratio between strobe and ambient lighting, relieving you of more stress. When you enable your lights, a 0-100% reading emerges, revealing how much light that hit the sensor emerges from the strobes. For those desiring a natural look, it is best to shoot for around 50%. But if you desire something more dramatic, shoot around 70%. Another factor that makes this product special is the spot meter. It is an ideal way to measure how much light is being reflected by your subject from strobe lighting. It resumes from where your camera left off.

 

Accuracy is another advantage. The Sekonic L-758DR helps you to assess exactly how much light is hitting your subject enabling you to achieve a perfect exposure every time. Accuracy is up to 1/10 stop increments. Durability is also a factor as it is built to a solid finish. The designers have also done an excellent job with the button layout and functionality. On the side is a jog wheel that will adjust anything up or down to alter ISO, Mode, Shutter speed, aperture, etc. One can program the exact camera profile into the light meter which ensures accuracy of readings.  A backlit LCD makes it irresistible.

  • The Good :
    Accurate; Appealing design and durability; Best for outdoor shoots
  • The Bad :
    Light meter required for natural light settings
Our score:
4.5 / 5

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  • The Sekonic L-758DR is manufactured by Sekonic and was added in December 2014 in the Camera Other Accessories section
  • This product has a rating of 4.5 out of 5

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