Views on Sekonic L-558 or L-758?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by blodwyn, Nov 28, 2006.

  1. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I've been planning to get the Sekonic L-558 light meter, but I just noticed that Sekonic have announced the L-758. It looks like the L-758 does all the L-558 does (spot, flash, incident, radio), but adds in some functions specifically for Digital. The price is the same for either, which is a bit puzzling so I'm wondering if I'm missing something the L-558 can do that the L-758 can't.

    Does anyone have any knowledge of any shortcomings of the L-758 compared to the L-558?
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California

    One clue from the web site: "The L-758 features the same basic specification as the popular L-558 , which it supercedes."

    It would seem the L-558 is being sold from old stock.

    This looks like a nice meter. I have a basic Minolta flashmeter that uses a PC sync cord. can't justify the price of something like this L-758.
  3. blodwyn thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    That's what I was thinking but I would have thought they would discount the L-558 a bit, hence my question. Thanks for your reply
  4. milozauckerman macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2005
    It appears that the primary difference is that the 758 can work with the exposure range of your dSLR/digital back (or a generic spread) - it will tell you where your highlights will clip and where the shadows will block up. Useful, but probably not that big of a deal (at least to me).

    Either one should be fine for studio work, but I had a 558R and sold it since I'm usually working with available light and/or outdoors. Instead I got a cheap L-408 - ambient and 5-degree spot, much smaller than the 558 or 758.
  5. yoak macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2004
    Oslo, Norway
    I use the Cine version of Sekonic for Cinematography, and think it´s a great light meter. It has all the features for flash photography as well. Not suggesting that you buy this one, but wanted to share my positive experience with Sekonic
  6. sowattmusic macrumors newbie

    Jan 16, 2009
    Sekonic L-758 Cine Problem

    Here's my issue
    I cannot get in the Shutter Speed priority mode in Ambiant light status. It's like this mode down't exist on my meter.
    I made sure all of my custom settings default to O.
    Any idea...
  7. Brandon Heat macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2008
    First hit the memory clear button.. Then hold down mode while rolling the dial... U should eventually loop if u keep rolling... U want to stop rolling the dial when the there's a box around T and not F

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