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Sekonic L-758, L-558 or L-508 ??

hajime yuu , Sep 16, 2006; 04:14 p.m.

Hello Every senior, I'm looking for a new light meter, which have both incident and reflective spot function. I'm planned to purchase the L-558 (because cannot find the L-508 new one now) However, I found that the new model L-758 will be coming next month. I cannot make a decision between these three ones. Would anyone can advise me that which one is the best choice?

Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Regards, hajime


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Mark L , Sep 16, 2006; 05:13 p.m.

I'm in the market for the same kind of meter and had pretty much settled on the 558. I had no idea there was a new model on the way, what extra will the L-758 do?

Russ Britt , Sep 16, 2006; 05:41 p.m.

bought the 508 years ago when new...love it....

Brian S. , Sep 16, 2006; 07:30 p.m.

I recently bought a L-558R. What a great meter. It is incredibly accurate and has enough modes to do way more than I ever need to do. I don't know about the other modes, but 558 offers several flash metering options in addition to incident and spot reflective. I don't currently use radio control but that will be a handy feature in the future. Only negative (if you can call this a negative) is that there doesn't appear to be any discounts available... everyone is selling it for the same price.

J. Trice , Sep 16, 2006; 11:42 p.m.

I bought a used L-508 years ago and still love it.

Michael Brochstein , Sep 16, 2006; 11:45 p.m.

FWIW, I have the L-358 and the L-558 (both with the Pocket Wizard transmitters) and I am happy with both of these meters.

Michael Brochstein , Sep 16, 2006; 11:52 p.m.

Sekonic L-758 hs unique features which you may or may not ever use.

I just looked at an online description of the L-758. It has unique features that may or may not be needed or useful to you. They seem to help the meter better match the sensitivity of a particular digital sensor at each possible ISO setting. One can upload profiles of some kind etc from a computer to the meter. If you can wait then my guess is that the price of the L-558 can only go down (or stay the same?) when the L758 is introduced. If not then the L-558 is up to date and recommended.

hajime yuu , Sep 17, 2006; 07:31 a.m.

Thanks for every kindly attention. Personally, I tend to L-508 because have the zoom but can't find the new one now (or 2nd hand but same price with L-558 new one) Yes, I think that the L-758 may have some extra function I don't use. So I think I will wait a moment to watch the price status.

Thanks, hajime

Craig Blurton , Sep 18, 2006; 11:46 p.m.


I have a somewhat related ... well ...

I have a question that is mostly unrelated to this discussion, but many of you seem very conversant with the Sekonic 558 so I'll ask it here. I tried sending these two questions to the manufacturer but never got a reply.

First question - Is it possible to change the default settings on the meter. For instance, it provides measurements at f/stops of f/16 and f/22. I own a camera that has neither f/stop. It has, instead, f/18 and f/25. Can I somehow adjust the Sekonic to display and meter to those settings?

Second question - When I am in shutter priority mode there is both a large display and a scale showing the correct aperture setting for each shutter speed. On my Sekonic, the large display and the scale do not always agree (or disagree for that matter). For instance, sometimes the large display will indicate a f-stop of f/8 and the scale will indicate an f-stop of f/11. The range of difference is never more than one f-stop leading me to believe this isn't a fault, but a feature. I just can't figure it out.



Heller Harris , Sep 19, 2006; 06:33 a.m.

The Sekonic Support & Forums page should be able to answer most of your questions. They used to have Tech Support monitor the forums and answer questions.

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