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Category: Exposure and Light Meters

Sekonic announce L-558 DualMaster - The Worlds most sensitive multi-function meter

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The new Sekonic L-558 DualMaster light meter is the world's most sensitive multi-function meter that can read flash down to an astounding f/2 (at ISO 100), twice as fast as any other multi-function meter available today. Pocket Wizard is available as an option therefore giving you the option to fire individual cameras and flash units remotely using a16/24 bit security-encoded digital signal. The L-558 fulfills the requirements of both the pro and serious enthusiast at a very competitive price point. The L-558 is priced at 400 and the L-558 Cine costs 450.

Features and Benefits

  • The L-558 includes Sekonic's unique built-in retractable Lumisphere. Simply turn the selector knob to extend it for 3D incident reading, or retract it for a narrow incident metering angle that's ideal for brightness evaluations, lighting ratio setups or precise readings of flat subjects.
  • The L-558 includes a true 1-degree spotmeter with a parallax-free viewfinder and in-finder, illuminated digital display that shows apertures in tenths, shutter speeds up to 1/8000 sec, and exposure compensation values.
  • The L-558 features an extra large, cool-green-illuminated full-information LCD panel that displays the complete range of readouts and modes as well as battery condition. It can memorize and recall up to nine readings in any mode, average them and display them individually on an analogue scale.
  • The L-558 includes a flash/ambient analysing mode that simultaneously reads both flash and ambient light automatically and can display combined flash-ambient readings, percentage of flash in the total exposure and simultaneous display of flash, ambient, and combined readings on an analogue scale. It also reads in shutter-priority, aperture- -priority or EV modes, and makes cumulative flash readings in cord or cordless mode.
  • The L-558 includes a broad range of custom settings that allow the pro or enthusiast to tailor it to their individual working methods. The body and controls are sealed to JIS water-resistance standards allowing it to be used confidently in any weather.

Technical Specifications

Meter Type Dual readout digital light meter for ambient and flash, incident and reflected light.
Incident: Retractable and rotatable
Reflected: 1 Spot meter
Light Receptors: Silicon photo diodes

Metering Modes

Ambient: Aperture priority metering, shutter speed metering, and EV metering value.
Flash: Cord or cordless (cumulative, non cumulative).

Radio Triggering
Complex 16/24 bit digitally coded signal, selectable individual triggering. Range: 100 feet.

Measuring Range @ISO 100
Ambient Incident Light: EV (-) 2 to EV22.9.
Reflected Light: EV 1 to EV 24.4.
Flash Incident Light: f/0.5 to f/161.2.
Reflected Light: f/2.0 to f/161.2.

Display Ranges
Film Speeds: ISO 3 to ISO 8000 (1/3 steps.)

Shutter Speeds:
Ambient: 30 minutes to 1/8000 second (full, or 1/3 steps) Plus 1/200,1/400.
Flash: 30 minutes to 1/1000 second (full, or 1/3 steps).
Plus-1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, and 1/400.

Cine speeds (fps): 2-360 (fps at a 180 shutter speed).
F/stop Display Range: F/0.5 to f/128.9 (full, or 1/3 steps).
EV Range: EV (-) 9.9 to EV46.6 (in 1/10 steps.)

Analog Display
F-Scale: F/1.0 to f/128 (in steps).
T-Scale: 4 seconds to 1/4000 second (in steps).

Digital Display: F/0.5 to f/161.2 (in fill, and 1/3 steps.)

All weather design: Water resistant, splash proof design.
Memory function: Up to 9 readings on analog scale with memory recall and clear feature.
Multiple Flash function: Unlimited flash readings.
Average function: Average up to 9 flash and ambient reads.
Flash analyzing function: Displays percentage of flash in total exposure in 10% increments.
Brightness difference: +/- 9.9EV (in 1/10 stops) flash or ambient light evaluation.
Exposure out of range: E.U (underexposure) or E.O (overexposure) indication.
Battery power indicator: With a symbol in 3 status levels.
Battery type: CR123A Lithium.
Auto shut-off: Shuts down after 20 minutes of non-use.
Auto illumination: EV6 and under for 20 sec.
Exposure compensation: 9.9EV for incident and reflected independently (in 1/10 steps).
Meter calibration compensation: 1.0EV for incident and reflected independently (in 1/10 steps).
Filter compensation: 5.0 for incident and reflected independently (in 1/10 steps).
Custom programs: 6 custom program settings for frequently used features.
Repeated Accuracy: 0.1EV or less.
Dimensions: 3.5W x 6.7H x 1.9D (90W x 170H x 48 Dmm).
Weight: 9.5 oz. (268g)


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