SEKONIC L-858D-U – HSS Capable Light Meter Announced!

 

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Sekonic Corporation have announced a new flagship SPEEDMASTER L-858D light meter, capable of measuring the short flash bursts of HSS, as well as strobe flash durations!

Featuring a 2.7″ full color touch screen display, the L-858D also brings back exchangeable radio modules (currently available for Elinchrom, Phottix, and PocketWizard), so you won’t need a different light meter for each flash system (as the L-478D series requires).

With High Speed Sync (HSS) capability almost a must have feature now for light manufacturers in 2016, Sekonic have stepped up to produce a light meter capable of measuring flash duration data, and the brief flash bursts of HSS.

This no doubt boosts Sekonic’s own relevance into the near future, though in turn also helps to make off-camera HSS flash technology even more practical for end users, who will no longer have to rely so much on trial and error (or chimping) to set manual HSS exposures.

 

SEKONIC L-858D
“A pioneer in the space, the L-858D now offers flash duration measurement, providing critical flash data needed to calculate proper ambient-flash exposure. Also, as it’s name implies, the SPEEDMASTER L-858D has the capability to measure the brief flash bursts of High Speed Sync (HSS) for precision flash exposure control, making it an essential tool for photographers utilizing this game changing technology.

Break Through Boundaries
The L-858D builds off the popular L-478D series features and function sets that enable photographers to break through the boundaries of ISO sensitivity, flash and ambient shutter speeds, as well as frame rates (f/s) and shutter angles for cinematographers.”

 

SEKONIC SPEEDMASTER L-858D FEATURES

 

  • HSS Flash Measurements
  • Flash Duration Measurements
  • Optional Radio Transmitter Modules for Elinchrom, Phottix, & PocketWizard
  • 2.7” Color Dot Matrix Touch Screen Interface
  • Exposure Profiling
  • Extended ISO Range ISO 3 to ISO 13,107,200 + ISO 850
  • Expanded Shutter Speed Range 30m – 1/16,000s for Flash Light
  • Expanded Shutter Speed Range 30m – 1/64,000s for Ambient Light
  • Full HD Cine & CINE mode: 1 to 1000 f/s and 1 to 358° Shutter Angle
  • Connectivity with MAC/PC DTS Software for Firmware Upgrades, Custom Settings, & Exposure Profiling

 

FULL PRESS RELEASE –

Sekonic Corporation, the leader in design and engineering of Professional Photographic and Filmmaking Light Meters, announced their latest advancement in metering, the NEW Sekonic SPEEDMASTER L-858D. With it’s 2.7” color touch screen and truly innovative and sophisticated features, the L-858D leads the way to the next generation of light measurement control.

Sekonic has combined over 60 years of experience in the image-making world with cutting edge technology to create the SPEEDMASTER L-858D. The meter has undergone a significant design change and was built with a comprehensive feature set sure to meet and exceed the demands of today’s image-makers.

A pioneer in the space, the L-858D now offers flash duration measurement, providing critical flash data needed to calculate proper ambient-flash exposure. Also, as it’s name implies, the SPEEDMASTER L-858D has the capability to measure the brief flash bursts of High Speed Sync (HSS) for precision flash exposure control, making it an essential tool for photographers utilizing this game changing technology.

Break Through Boundaries
The L-858D builds off the popular L-478D series features and function sets that enable photographers to break through the boundaries of ISO sensitivity, flash and ambient shutter speeds, as well as frame rates (f/s) and shutter angles for cinematographers.

Filmmakers and landscape photographers will appreciate the L-858D’s increased sensitivity for both incident and reflected-spot measurements giving them the ability to obtain extreme low light level readings. The L-858D also offers optional wireless triggering modules for Elinchrom® and Phottix® in addition to PocketWizard® brand radio triggering devices, giving photographers utilizing strobes ultimate control over their lighting workflow.

“The Sekonic SPEEDMASTER L-858D is a perfect example of a great brand being responsive to its fans and responding to how popular high speed sync is. The Sekonic engineers have developed an incredible tool that combines flash duration measurement, an intuitive touchscreen interface and many other advances to address the needs of the most demanding photographers and filmmakers.”  — Jan Lederman, MAC Group President.

Visit us at Photokina: Hall 4.1, Booth number E-010

All company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective companies.

About Sekonic: Sekonic Corporation, based in Japan, provides the widest range of light measurement devices for photographers around the world. Established in 1951, the first Sekonic brand exposure meter introduced was the revolutionary Sekonic P-1. In 1984, the Sekonic Digipro X-1 and L-518 meters were taken into space on the NASA Space Shuttle. With more than 60 years of expertise, Sekonic continues to produce and develop meters for the film, video, cinematography and digital photography markets. For more information on Sekonic, visit: http://www.Sekonic.com.

About MAC Group: MAC Group is a sales, marketing and distribution company dedicated to supplying photographers, videographers, educators and students with the world’s finest image-making tools, education and inspiration.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Sekonic SPEEDMASTER L-858D-U are now available from $599 –

Amazon, Adorama, B&H Photo.

 

Sekonic – Website

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15 Comments
  1. SmudgeStick 3 years ago

    Interesting – measuring and summing the flash pulses of HSS is one thing, but the meter cannot know the timing inefficiencies of either the camera or the trigger system – so, IMO, it’s likely to need calibration for any given setup. But still looks like a significant step forward.

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      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      I don’t think that would be much of an issue with the traditional pulsing HSS, becasue that’s producing basically a flat curve which acts almost like a regular constant light source (for a short period).

      Sekonic haven’t really made it too clear yet, though they appear to be alluding to providing a measurement for the Long Duration Sync method as well. And with that being a varying flash curve the sync timing can completely change the result the camera sensor actually sees.

      Though having said that, if there is going to be a gradient across the frame, the meter could only provide an average, or approximation, at best in that case anyway.

      • SmudgeStick 3 years ago

        Hi Elv, With either technique, as you know, the flash starts before the first curtain moves and stops after the second curtain arrests – those before and after times, which vary with body & trigger are unknown to the 858. The light output, whether pulsing or decaying, will at least be reproducible and predictable.

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          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Yes that’s true, though if you change the sync timing with regular pulsing HSS it makes no difference to the exposure, because the flash curve is flat.

          I don’t know how to explain this very well, and I may be completely wrong, but one way to look at the HSS pulsing method is as though its a constant light source (just light ambient daylight etc). It doesn’t matter how much daylight is there before or after the shutter opens or closes, the meter just reads the peak light level as though it was something of a constant light source. (And the exposure on the camera is the same as a constant light source).

          Of course the meter can still measure the real ambient light separately, because that stays on, where the HSS constant light source is still only “on” for a fraction of a second.
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          The Long Duration Method is completely different, because that constant light source is also constantly changing intensity while its “on”. So there are big variations possible in the light produced, and which part the camera actually sees.

          • SmudgeStick 3 years ago

            Hi, ” .. the meter just reads the peak light level .. ” – maybe that’s correct. I was assuming that the meter would sum the pulses – effectively measuring the area under the curve. I could easily be wrong! I guess we’ll find out when somebody uses and analyses exactly how it copes with normal flash, HSS and ambient capture. One to watch . . .

  2. Darryl 3 years ago

    A step in the right direction. They need to incorporate GODOX triggers as well as the others.

    • Jeffrey 2 years ago

      I agree.
      Is it that they don’t have enough users asking?

  3. mmmfotografie 3 years ago

    If you take in account that you only has to measure 200 msec. You count the pulses and take the average to have the power of the flash itself. You also divide the ambient to have one slice.

    Longburn has only one pulse and when you measure also 200 msec then you have the combined ambient and flash. You can measure after the flash is over, the ambient.

    Then you use shutter time you dialed in to calculate the values.

  4. Craig 3 years ago

    I’m kind of surprised light meters don’t also measure the color of light. Would be useful for using gels, especially if you could enter a desired color temperature and it would tell you what gels you needed to obtain it.

  5. Craig 3 years ago

    Apparently Sekonic does make a device that measures color, but it costs just a tiny bit more… https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1110663-REG/sekonic_401_701_c_700r_spectomaster_meter.html

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      I was actually hoping Sekonic were about to release a new version of the C-700. B&H Photo had a flash sale for $999 a few weeks back, and Adorama had them listed as being discontinued. It looks like the C-700R (with PocketWizard Module) are still available though.

      I really want to get one of these to measure and test the strobes, but they cost around $2500 locally, and they appear to have a lot of unresolved issues. I went down a bit of an deep internet worm hole reading about the color measurement and how it can be somewhat hit and miss.

      It would be extremely handy to have at least basic flash color temp measurement though. I really don’t know why they don’t include at least something in a high end light meter like this.

      • Ryan 3 years ago

        Could you measure the color of the light with this device for alot cheaper? https://lumu.squarespace.com/

        Not sure the quality of it but you never know.

  6. Kim Bentsen 3 years ago

    Measuring the flash duration is something entirely new for a consumer meter. It would be interesting if you can choose between t0.1 and t0.5 . The ability to test manufacturer claims would be good.

  7. Guy Daudelin 3 years ago

    I wish for 2 things with this :

    1. Ability to control the flashes directly from the unit. I can do that with my Elinchrom compatible L-758 and it’s not clear to me if we can do it from this one with the Elinchrom module. They say you’ll be able to trigger the lights, but can you adjust them?

    2. I wish for a Phottix Laso module for the ability to trigger 600EX-RT and the new Phottix Indra500LC (and adjust them, too, but I’m daydreaming here).

  8. bob 2 years ago

    Firstly those that want a Godox trigger for their Sekonic meter then this is the man that could make obne but to date only 2 people have asked him so it is not in his benefit to make one http://www.triggerwizard.de/en/home/

    Secondly how with an X1 trigger in my hand could I trigger an AD600B in HSS mode without the trigger being on a camera so that I can measure with the 858? Obviously missing something here

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