Sekonic L-758DR Digitalmaster Features
Exposure Profiling - Since no two digital cameras, camera and light meter's or different types of film are likely to agree on the same exposure, they need to be calibrated to a standard. The L-758DR can be programmed to perfectly match the sensitivity of a digital camera senor or type of film for perfect exposure control. In addition, the dynamic range of the digital camera or film can also be stored. Up to three Exposure Profiles (digital cameras, types of film, file type or file type) can be stored and recalled quickly and easily. Exposure profiles can be created for the following measuring modes:
1. Reflected measurements (calculated from ISO 3 to 8000)
2. Ambient measurements (calculated from ISO 3 to 8000)
3. Incident measurements (calculated from ISO 3 to 8000)
4. Flash measurements (calculated from ISO 3 to 8000)
Pre-Exposure Warning - The dynamic range of a digital camera sensor or type of film can be stored, recalled and displayed on the meter's LCD screen. This is a valuable feature that reveals the dynamic range limitation of a digital camera or type of film before capturing the image. Blinking pre-exposure warning indicators, displayed above the analog scale, alert the photographer when a measured highlight or shadow has met or exceeded the dynamic range. Clipping points (user defined dynamic range limits) add further control and customization for added exposure control.
Mid-Tone Adjustment - The Mid-Tone button acts as an exposure shift, moving the highlight or shadow within the dynamic range of the digital camera or type of film. Once the desired high light or shadow setting is selected, the pre-exposure blinking alert icon stops flash, indicating that the value is within the recordable range.
Data Transfer Software - Compatible with both Windows and Macintosh computers, the Sekonic Data Transfer Software automatically calculates the entered test data from a digital camera and creates an exposure profile. These profiles contain exposure characteristics for Flash, Ambient, Incident and Reflected exposure modes from ISO 3 to ISO 8000. In addition, the dynamic range at all ISOs are calculated and stored. Exposure profiles are transferred via a USB cable (included) from the Data Transfer Software (included) directly into the L-758DR. Once the data is completely transferred to the meter, it is automatically calibrated and programmed for the specific digital camera sensor or film loaded in its memory.
Four Meters In One - Independent programming of Flash, Ambient, Incident and Reflected measuring modes customized to your digital camera or type of film. Working together (Incident and Reflected modes) - Measured values can be memorized and retained in both reflected and incident measuring modes. For example: A incident reading can be retained and displayed as a diffused mid-tone on the analogy scale (f-stop or EV scale), at the same time as reflected spot reading of a highlight or shadow can be measured and memorized. The result is a Highlight, Mid-Tone and Shadow measurement displayed on the meter's analogy scale.
Analyzing Function - Simultaneous readings of flash and ambient light are automatically analyzed when the L-758DR measure flash and ambient light. The readings are displayed in three different ways on the LCD:
1. Combined readings of flash and ambient
2. Percentage of flash in the total exposure
3. Simultaneous display of flash, ambient and combined readings on the analog display
Retractable Lumisphere - A built-in adjustable incident dome (Lumisphere) provides full measuring in the standard position or when retracted, provides cosine-corrected light readings for individual light source measurements or flat artwork.
Illuminated Direct Display - Both shutter speeds and apertures can be displayed in full, 1/2 or 1/3 step increments plus 1/10 stop units to accommodate most camera manufacturer's settings.
Exposure, Calibration and Filter Compensation - Exposure compensation of +/-9.9 EV Calibration compensation of +/-1.0 EV Filter compensation of +/-5.0 EV
Dual ISO Settings - The L-758DR offers the flexibility of taking a single measurement and displaying the f-stop and shutter speed for two different ISO film speeds, such as negative film and Polaroid proofing film. The second ISO setting is also ideal for calculating exposure compensation such as filter factors or bellows factors, without having to change the original film speed settings.
Cine Speeds - Complete range of full and half-frame speeds from 2 to 360 fps (frames per second) 28 cine speeds total.
Full-Featured Flash Measurements - 1. Cord Flash Mode (Cumulative and Non Cumulative) 2. Cordless Flash Mode (Cumulative and Non Cumulative) 3. Radio Triggering Mode
All Weather Design - All buttons, switches and compartments are sealed and the meter housing has been constructed with durable, rugged conditions in mind. Ideal for shooting in sandy, rainy or humid conditions.
Spot with Digital Display - The L-758DR DigitalMaster features a rectangular 1-degree parallax-free spot viewfinder. In dim or bright light situations, the L-758DR DigitalMaster's spot viewfinder displays f/stops, shutter speeds and more. The built-in spot meter measures both reflected ambient, flash or combined lighting. The optical finder also features an eyepiece with an adjustable diopter.
Built-in Radio Transmitter Module - Electronic flash units and/or cameras can be triggered wirelessly with the built-in digital radio Transmitter (compatible with all PocketWizard Digital Radios). Simultaneous triggering and measuring of flash units up to 100 feet away is possible. Its new easy-to-use Selective Quad-Triggering control (4 zone lighting), the L-758DR offers fast selection of which flash unit to trigger and measure independently with a touch of a key. Now you can individually measure several flash units wirelessly by the touch of the meter's measuring button, without walking over to each light and turning it on or off. Wireless channel and Quad Triggering Zones are continuously displayed on the main menu.
Memory Mode - Up to nine readings can be memorized in incident or spot metering modes independently in both Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes. The memory function of the L-758DR DigitalMaster provides the photographer with an effective way of retaining and analyzing shadow, mid-tone and highlight exposure readings.
Full, 1/2 or 1/3-step Selectable Readings - Both shutter speeds and apertures can be displayed in either full, 1/2 or 1/3-step increments plus 1/10 stop units to match your film or digital camera; selecting these increments is quick and easy with custom software menu settings.
Exposure, Calibration and Filter Compensation - Independent incident and reflected exposure compensation of up to +/-9.9 EV can be easily set for custom film exposure corrections or for bellows extension factors. With the calibration, compensation setting of +/-1.0 EV, matching built-in camera meters or other handheld meters is a snap. There is even a filter compensation setting of +/-5.0 EV for filter factor compensation.
14 Custom Settings - The custom settings mode provides a quick and easy setup of individual meter preferences. The L-758DR's features and modes can be turned on or off, as well as modified to fit the needs of the individual using the meter. Below is a brief list of some custom settings.
- Memory and measure button cab be switch
- The Jog wheel value can be switched to increase or decrease a value (when the wheel is turned clockwise)
- Compensation +/
- values cab be switched from an additive adjustment to a subtractive adjustment
- F-stop and Shutter Speed increments can be set for Full, 1/2 or 1/3 steps
- Dynamic Range scale can be displayed in three different ways
Memory All Clear - Memorized values can be all cleared or the last memorized value can be deleted (backspace clear), in addition, individually selected values can be selected and cleared.
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Comments about Sekonic Sekonic L-758DR DigitalMaster Meter:
This Sekonic meter can do it all. The reflected readings are only by the 1 degree spot, but averaging readings is easy. I do not have any other Pocket Wizard devices so I cannot speak to that function. Otherwise everything worked as good or better than expected. Manual calibration to profile a camera is quite easy.
The downside is that you have to study the manual. It is not intuitive to read and describes items in strange places (e.g. it took a long time to learn how to interpret and change the incident scale). Purchase a heavier neck strap. EV readings are easy to take. I would easily buy this meter again. If your serious, it's worth the extra dollars.