SEKONIC – LiteMaster Pro for Phottix & Elinchrom – Now Available

Sekonic L-478DR-PX

 

Sekonic have released two new versions of their LiteMaster Pro touch screen ambient and flash light meters now with Phottix and Elinchrom compatible wireless radio built inside.

The L-478DR-U-PX for Phottix will provide wireless triggering and group control with Phottix’s range of Strato II compatible radio receivers and flash units.

While the Elinchrom L-478DR-U-EL will provide wireless triggering with group control, as well as remote manual power control, with all EL-Skyport enabled Elinchrom flash units.

 

Sekonic L-478DR-PX

 

SEKONIC L-478DR-U-PX FOR PHOTTIX

Sekonic L-478DR-PX

 

The L-478DR-U-PX is compatible with Phottix’s range of radio triggers and flash units using the Strato II Protocol.

This includes flashes connected to the Strato and Strato II receivers and the Atlas II transceivers.

Current compatible Phottix flashes include the Indra360, Indra500 and Mitros+ series flashes designed for use with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.

Though using the above flash units in Strato II receiver mode will not allow any remote power control, either through the Sekonic meter, or via other Phottix transmitter or master flash units.

 

The L-478DR-U-PX flash control screen allows selection of a single group, or a combination of groups, for flash brightness measurement.

The F-number value for the light being measured appears in a central area on the screen as well as over respective group selection button.

The measured value for each group is maintained as a visual record of the brightness-difference of the lights in use so that lighting ratios can be easily determined.

 

Sekonic L-478DR-PX

 

SEKONIC L-478DR-U-PX – SPECS

Packaging Weight 0.77 lb. (0,35kg)
Packaging Dimensions 8.26″ L x 5.82″ W x 1.96″ H (21cm x 14,8cm x 6cm)
Receptor Head Incident light and reflected light
Light Receiving Method Incident light and reflected light
Receptor Incident Light Convertible to flat diffuser (Lumisphere in retracted position)
Receptor Reflected Light 5° spot with optional viewfinder
Flash Analyzing Function 0 to 100% in 10% increments
Multiple Flash Function Infinite number of flash readings (Only one digit is displayed when the cumulated number is ten or more)
Calibration Compensation (+/-) 1.0 EV (in 1/10 stops)
Exposure Compensation (+/-) 9.9 EV (in 1/10 stops)
Custom Functions 14 custom functions
Auto Power Off Selectable in Custom Functions

Measuring Range and Modes

Measuring Modes Ambient Light Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, TF priority, CINE, HD Cine, Illuminance (lx/fc), Luminance (cdm2/fl)
Measuring Modes Flash Cord (PC), Cordless, Radio Triggering (with/without mulitple cumulative)
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash 0.63 to 2,000,000 lux – 0.10 to 180,000 fc
Measuring Range Brightness 0.25 to 190,000 cd/m2 – 0.10 to 190,000 foot lamberts

Display Range and Modes

Display Range Film Speed ISO 3 to 409,600 (in 1/3 stops)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient 31 min. to 1/64,000 sec. plus 1/200, 1/400 sec (in 1, 1/2 and 1/3 stops)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Flash 31 min. to 1/1000 sec plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400
Display Range Aperture f/0.5 to f/161.2 (in 1, 1/2 and 1/3 stops)
Display Range EV EV-27.9 to EV55.8 (with Incident light reading of ambient light)
Display Range Cine Speeds fps 2 to 1000 f/s, plus user created settings: 20 entries
Display Range Shutter Angle 1°to 358°, plus user created settings: 20 entries

Other

Battery Power Indicator Display Icon with 3 status
Battery (Power) 2 AAA drycell batteries (alkaline,manganese, lithium, nickel hydride, or nickel based)

Radio Triggering

Radio Triggering System: Phottix Strato II
Frequency: 2.4GHz
Triggering Range: Up to 100 feet, Transmitter-Receiver
Channels/Groups: 4 Channels / 4 Groups

 

SEKONIC L-478DR-U-EL FOR ELINCHROM

Sekonik L-478DR-EL

 

The L-478DR-U-EL is compatible with all EL-Skyport enabled Elinchrom flash units, and provide wireless triggering with group control, as well as remote manual power control directly from the light meter.

The L-478DR-U-EL also provides remote control and metering of the strobes modeling light for still photography and video use. With some strobes the modelling lamp can only be switched on and off remotely, while on other models the lamp brightness can be adjusted remotely as well.

 

The L-478DR-U-EL flash control screen allows selection of a single group, or a combination of groups, for flash brightness measurement and adjustment. And there is fast ALL groups option provided as well.

Again the F-number value for the light being measured appears in a central area on the screen as well as over respective group selection button.

The measured value for each group is maintained as a visual record of the brightness-difference of the lights in use so that lighting ratios can be easily determined.

 

Sekonik L-478DR-EL

 

SEKONIK L-478DR-U-EL – SPECS

Packaging Weight 0.77 lb. (0,35 kg)
Packaging Dimensions 8.26″ L x 5.82″ W x 1.96″ H (21cm x 14.8cm x 5cm)
Receptor Head Incident light and reflected light
Light Receiving Method Incident light and reflected light
Receptor Incident Light Convertible to flat diffuser (Lumisphere in retracted position)
Receptor Reflected Light 5° spot with optional viewfinder
Flash Analyzing Function 0 to 100% in 10% increments
Multiple Flash Function Infinite number of flash readings (Only one digit is displayed when the cumulated number is ten or more)
Calibration Compensation (+/-) 1.0 EV (in 1/10 stops)
Exposure Compensation (+/-) 9.9 EV (in 1/10 stops)
Custom Functions 14 custom functions
Auto Power Off Selectable in Custom Functions

Measuring Range and Modes

Measuring Modes Ambient Light Aperture priority, Shutter speed priority, TF priority, CINE, HD Cine, Illuminance (lx/fc), Luminance (cdm2/fl)
Measuring Modes Flash Cord (PC), Cordless, Radio Triggering (with/without mulitple cumulative)
Measuring Range (ISO 100) Flash 0.63 to 2,000,000 lux – 0.10 to 180,000 fc
Measuring Range Brightness 0.25 to 190,000 cd/m2 – 0.10 to 190,000 foot lamberts

Display Range and Modes

Display Range Film Speed ISO 3 to 409,600 (in 1/3 stops)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Ambient 31 min. to 1/64,000 sec. plus 1/200, 1/400 sec (in 1, 1/2 and 1/3 stops)
Display Range Shutter Speeds Flash 31 min. to 1/1000 sec plus 1/75, 1/80, 1/90, 1/100, 1/200, 1/400
Display Range Aperture f/0.5 to f/161.2 (in 1, 1/2 and 1/3 stops)
Display Range EV EV-27.9 to EV55.8 (with Incident light reading of ambient light)
Display Range Cine Speeds fps 2 to 1000 f/s, plus user created settings: 20 entries
Display Range Shutter Angle 1°to 358°, plus user created settings: 20 entries

Other

Battery(Power): 3 Type AA 1.5V Batteries Alkaline, Manganese, Lithium, Nickel Hydride, Nickel Based
Battery Power Indicator Display: Icon with 3 status

Radio Triggering

Radio Triggering System: Elinchrom Skyport
Frequency: 2.4GHz
Triggering Range: Up to 100 feet, Transmitter-Receiver
Frequencies/Groups: Normal: 20 Frequencies / 4 Groups
Speed: 20 Frequencies / 4 Groups

 

 

The new Sekonic Litemaster Pro for Phottix and Elinchrom are the result of a collaborative technology alliance partnership between the three companies announced last year.

And there are likely to be more collaborative products to come.

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Sekonic LiteMaster Pro L-478DR-U-PX and L-478DR-U-EL are available now for $399 –

 

L-478DR-U-PX for Phottix Strato II – Adorama, B&H Photo, Amazon, UKEbay

L-478DR-U-EL for Elinchrom Skyport – Adorama, B&H Photo, Amazon, UKEbay

 

Sekonic – Website

Phottix – Website

Elinchrom – Website

 

 

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13 Comments
  1. JL Williams 2 years ago

    Having a meter that integrates with your flash system makes sense. Having to buy a new meter if you change flash systems? Not so much.

    Surely there would be a way for Sekonic to implement this as software…?

  2. Author
    Flash Havoc 2 years ago

    Hi JL,

    I don’t think they could do it with software alone. Like the previous meters they would need to have exchangeable radio modules that clip into the back of the meter.

    The convenience of all this built in radio is great, though is throws up some added challenges as well with everything having their own separate systems.

  3. andrew 2 years ago

    i will wait for the lumu power …

  4. mmmfotografie 2 years ago

    I hope that Sekonic has improved their software in the meantime. I have worked with their helpdesk to improve the way it works however Japan let us down in a big way.
    Communicating is also very slow because of the time differences. From Europe to the USA and they have talk to Japan so always a full day lost because bak yo the USA and back Europe.
    None of the suggestions were implemented to make the software and firmware updates work and the users were left alone. Last time I checked the firmware page was just giving out a 404 error.

    Good hardware but the support is not up to par.

  5. Bruce Peter 2 years ago

    So will the L-478DR-U-PX trigger the Phottix Odin II?

  6. Earle 2 years ago

    Mixed emotions on this. Yes I bought one since all but one of my lights are Elinchrom. Though this must be easily handled via software. If third- party TV controllers can easily be programmed to the proper frequency to control a myriad of TVs produced, the same should be true for a flash meter.

    • Greg Dunn 2 years ago

      That’s not how TV controllers work. Everything uses infrared / visible light – that is, any wavelength of light which the sensor will pick up. Since it’s only detecting on/off pulses and most any silicon sensor can be used to detect light from IR to visible, it doesn’t matter so much if the wavelength(s) are different from controller to receiver. The differences in TVs themselves are due entirely to the pulse coding of the light flashes, which is very easy to control in software.

      RF, on the other hand, has to demodulate the pulses to recover the coding, but the demodulator has to operate fairly close to the target frequency, or use another converter in front of it to mix everything down to an intermediate frequency. There really isn’t such a thing as a wideband RF detector analogous to a photocell. In order to change the RF frequencies in a strobe’s remote control, you’d need a voltage controlled RF oscillator which works over a fairly wide range of radio frequencies, and I can tell you that’s non-trivial to design. Also, unlike IR, RF transmitters of a certain power level may require FCC certification depending on which band they operate. There’s a reason companies don’t change RF frequencies on a whim.

  7. Ricardo Gomez 2 years ago

    I’ve always loved these touch-screen light meters and have had them on my list for a while. I don’t consider them necessary since I simply use my camera’s own meter and get my setting correct pretty quickly. But like using a gray card, it could speed things in the workflow and help diagnose lighting problems. I would love one of these. Unfortunately, I won’t be using any of the systems this unit interfaces with… Which leads me to the next section…

    But one thing I don’t get… Why do you have three units with built-in triggering systems? Why not have a base unit and have modules that click into place that will allow you to use that meter with whatever trigger system you are using? This would also have the advantage of using a new module when a manufacturer significantly updates their system. Like what Canon did. No need to get a new meter. Just purchase the module portion. Or let’s take it a step further: Allow third parties to build their own modules for their lighting system for use with the Sekonic body. Kind of like how Phase One allows others to build backs for use with the camera bodies. While you may not make as much money on a full unit, you’d make more in licensing fees and possibly more by selling the bodies… Because it can give someone an incredibly longterm service.

    • Earle 2 years ago

      Sekonic did do that for its 358 and 758 meters, not sure why they didn’t go the module route here.

  8. JHPhoto 2 years ago

    I own the 478 series, it was neat and kind of novel to have a touch screen it but does come with its own share of drawbacks.
    Hard to read in most light conditions that aren’t a dark room, the touch screen isn’t as responsive as i’d prefer either. In some ways their 758 with its dial and buttons tends to be faster and more efficient.
    The other area of concern to some users of the 478 and myself is the questionably flimsy swivel head with the photo cell (detector) is very prone to damage, having to swap out parts to use its other metering function is less than desirable too.

  9. Mel 4 months ago

    I just purchased the Sekonic L-478DR and it works fine only that it is not compatible with my Godox FTR-16 receiver that has a USB connected to my strobes. The Godox transmitter works fine but have to use the Godox transmitter to trigger while using the 478-DR to measure. What I don’t understand is that the Sekonic and the Godox work on CE 433 MHz frequency but they just don’t pair up.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 months ago

      Hi Mel,

      Yes, unfortunately just being on the same frequency means very little as far as compatibility between different radio gear goes. There are lots of frequencies within the 433 MHz range, and even if using exactly the same frequency the signals can be encoded so that different gear don’t interfere with each other.

      Godox have not shown much interest or response to possibly collaborating with Sekonic at this stage unfortunately.

  10. Max 2 months ago

    My guess is that Phottix have already taken their place at the table with respect to the Sekonic – Phottix – Elinchrom collaboration. There may be contractual provisions intended to keep Godox out.

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