Cell phones have already gone the way of the touchscreen, so why not light meters? Perhaps they will, starting today. Sekonic has just announced a two new light meters that are the world’s first to offer a touchscreen interface. The L-478D and L-478DR both feature a 2.7-inch LCD touchscreen through which settings are changed by tapping or sliding your finger.
Both meters, powered by two AAA batteries, offer a dynamic range calibration feature called exposure profiling, which adjusts your light meter based on the dynamic range capabilities of your camera. Simply load a photo of your subject into the light meter through a special program using a USB cable, and the meter can tell you whether you have information loss in the shadows or highlights of your images.
The L-478DR goes a step beyond light metering functionality by offering a built-in PocketWizard wireless flash trigger — a combo that makes a lot of sense. This lets you control the power levels of your strobes that are mounted on PocketWizard transceivers and a number of other compatible studio flash units.
The L-478DR also incorporates PocketWizard’s standard channels (1 – 32) and Quad Zone capability to trigger any flash (or camera!) with a PocketWizard connected to it, including those with PocketWizard modules built-in. Imagine a portrait session where you get more natural facial expressions from your subject by triggering your camera with your light meter. Cool, right? And that’s just the beginning of a whole world of wireless control possibilities. [#]
Here’s a video introducing the L-478DR: