Here’s another enticing product showcased at the ongoing NAB that just caught my attention. At this year’s trade show in Las Vegas, Seconic are showing off their latest pocket-sized Flashmate L-308X-U light meter that blends both photo and video-oriented functions into a single compact unit.
Touted as the world’s most versatile and affordable light meter, the Flashmate L-308X-U is equipped with a sliding lumisphere to measure ambient light as well as reflected light via a lens with a 40° reception angle. It offers a wide metering range from 0 to 19.9 EV at ISO 100, working with exposure times as low as 1/8000 all the way up to 60 seconds.
But what really makes the L-308X extremely beneficial for video shooters is the fact that it offers three specialized metering modes: a Photo mode for still shooting with aperture and shutter priority, a Cine mode for selecting frame rates between 8-128 fps as well as shutter angle with one-tenth of a stop accuracy, and an HD Cine mode for those shooting video with DSLR or mirrorless cameras.
All these settings can be easily viewed on the backlit LCD display, which can be customized to your liking and automatically lights up when working at 5 EV or darker. Other features include a PC sync terminal and a cordless flash measuring option. The L-308X-U weighs approximately 3.5 oz and runs on a single AA battery. It is also remarkably accurate with a rated variance of ±0.1 EV on repeat exposures.
Seconic Flashmate L-308X-U Highlights
Incident Metering for Ambient & Flash
40° Reflected Light Metering
Photo, Cine, and HD Cine Metering Modes
Customizable LCD with Auto Backlight
Range: 0 to 19.9 EV at ISO 100
Flash Range: f/1.0 to f/90.9 at ISO 100
Exposure Time: 1/8000 to 60 Sec
Repeat Accuracy: ±0.1 EV or Less
PC Sync Terminal & Cordless Flash Option
Runs on One AA Battery
The Flashmate L-308X-U is already available to order selling for $219.