Except for those that shoot film, very few people still use a light meter. If you want accurate technical lighting, however, a light meter is critical (check out the video below for a few examples). To this end, Sekonic has announced a new compact light meter — the L-308DC DigiCineMate — which has been designed specifically for videographers. It’s small, colorful and has a simple layout that makes it easy to use. And yes, it can be used for stills as well.
Here’s an excerpt from the official Sekonic press release:
North White Plains, NY (June 1, 2012) – Sekonic announces today that the L-308DC DigiCineMate – a simple and easy-to-use compact light meter that is ideal for today’s DSLR videographers and digital cinematographers as well as still photographers – is now available in the U.S. with a special Protective Orange Skin.
“Capturing motion is not the same as taking a still photograph,” said Phil Bradon, Sekonic’s USA Product Marketing Manager. “Today’s DSLR videographers cannot rely on in-camera metering to balance light levels. Videographers need to control lighting to assure scene-to-scene continuity. They need a light meter. The L-308DC DigiCineMate provides everything they need in a small, compact package with unrivaled ease of use.”
The L-308DC DigiCineMate features a compact design with a full range of shutter speeds; you can even set it to show only a specific setting like HD Cine Mode, Cine Mode, or Photo Mode. The L-308DC also offers three different ways to measure light: Lumisphere, Lumidisc, and Reflected light readings.
Here are some of the other key features of the L-308DC DigiCineMate:
- Incident and Reflected Light
- HD/Cine Mode
- Aperture, Frame Rate
- Shutter Speed, Shutter Angle, EV
- Ambient and Flash Photo Mode
- Lux and Foot-candle Readout
- Runs on 1 AA Battery
- Only 3.4 oz
- Size: 2.5 x 4.3 x 0.9″
The bonus Protective Orange Skin of the L-308DC DigiCineMate gives it added protection while also allowing you to grip the light meter firmly and find the device easily in your gear bag.
If you’re interested in grabbing one for your next gig, you’ll just have to be prepared to shell out $300.