Sekonic L-398A Studio Deluxe III

200606bc_sekonic398a_1 Press Release—Back by popular demand, Sekonic has redesigned and re-launched the classic Studio Deluxe light meter as the L-398A Studio Deluxe III.

Earlier this year, Sekonic stop using selenium photocells in their light meter manufacturing, to support the new manufacturing standards and environmental safety measures. As a result, all light meters that utilized the advantage of selenium photocell technology, (battery-free operation) were discontinued including the L-398. For a brief moment, photographers around the globe thought that the discontinuation of the L-398 meter marked the end of battery-free light meters.

Sekonic responded to the needs and demands of these photographers by re-engineering the L-398.

The New L-398A Studio Deluxe III retains all of the legendary features and benefits of its predecessor, the L-398M. In addition, it utilizes a new environmentally friendly photocell made from amorphous silicon. This new type of silicon allowed Sekonic to continue to manufacture the popular L-398 battery-free.

The L-398A offers both STILL and CINE shooters the familiar features and repeatable accuracy expected from Sekonic. Educators and students won’t be left without their favorite meter this year. The meter is scheduled for immediate availability this month.


  • New Amorphous silicon light sensor (meets today’s industry standards)
  • Needle lock for quick and easy measurement readings
  • Memory pointer for quick and easy reference to your last measured value
  • Includes Lumisphere, Lumidisc, Lumigrid, High-Slide, Case and Neck Strap

Measuring system: Incident and Reflected for ambient light
Measuring range: EV4 to 17 (for incident light – ISO 100), EV9 to 17 (for reflected light – ISO 100)
ISO speed: 6 to 12,000 in 1/3 step
f/stop: f0.7 to 128 in 1/3 step
Shutter speed: 60 sec. to 1/8000 sec.
Cine speed: 8, 18, 24, 64 and 128 f/s
Foot-candle scale: 0 to 1250 FC
Weight: 190g (6.7 oz.)
Dimension: 58(W) x 112(H) x 34(D) mm (2.3 x 4.4 x 1.3")

Note: Specifications subject to change without notice.


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