LIT releases the LIT DUO 1 pocket light meter with seven light measuring modes

Jun 20, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

LIT releases the LIT DUO 1 pocket light meter with seven light measuring modes

Jun 20, 2023

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Sweden-based LIT Systems has announced the LIT DUO 1, a new pocket-sized light meter. The meter has seven different light measuring modes, including colour temperature mode, full-colour XY mode, light spectrum measurement mode, and it can even detect the frequency at which your lights are flickering. Obviously, you also get the usual ISO, aperture and shutter speed light metering you get from other light meters.

Hold back your excitement, though. It’s not available just yet. It’s currently in development, but it promises to be an excellent option for those looking for an advanced light meter by the time it gets to release. In fact, if it does make it to release, there might finally be somebody out there to give Sekonic a little competition!

It’s an interesting and compact device. A device that the company calls “insanely accurate”. On the top are two large sensor areas that pull in all of the light data. It knows how bright it is, what the white balance is, how of the colour spectrum your “white” light covers, and a range of other features. It also hooks up directly to your smartphone for full remote control and firmware updates.

It’s definitely a step above the usual light meter. In fact, it combines multiple devices into one. With other tools from companies like Sekonic, you’d probably need at least two, maybe three devices to cover everything this one does. Or at least, what it promises to offer once it’s complete. Its size will also help.

It will be the first all-in-one meter of its type in this market if it hits its targets and goes to retail. It offers a very fancy-looking (but functional) user interface, with different screens for each mode to show you the results. Its biggest competitor is going to be the Sekonic L-858D-U (buy here). That’s Sekonic’s most recent iteration of its flagship device. They’re certainly facing a challenge to knock that one off its throne, but if it can do all it says it will, it should do it with ease – at least, in theory.

There’s no word yet of a price nor when the devices will become available. Given the current price of the Sekonic L-858D-U light meter (around $600) and the feature set this offers, I wouldn’t be surprised if the number were about the same, if not a bit higher. If it comes in below the price of the L-858D-U, it might finally force me to update my L-748DR.

For those interested in finding out more, there’s a signup form on the Lit Systems website.

[via CineD]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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2 responses to “LIT releases the LIT DUO 1 pocket light meter with seven light measuring modes”

  1. Andrew Railton Avatar
    Andrew Railton

    Unless I’m missing something in the article, it would seem as though this new device does not have wireless flash trigger, flash duration, and spot metering, like the speedmaster has. It seems as though a colour temp meter would get you the rest of the tools offered here, except for the flicker frequency. I would have to say, the ability to measure flicker frequency/cycles would be Particularly handy for a cinematographer, or for a unit stills Photographer working on sets with lots of Led’s. But you could also just turn in your cinema camera, or take a shot with your stills camera to figure out those frequencies.

    1. DIYPhotography Avatar
      DIYPhotography

      Andrew Railton yea, it seems that this meter is targeting videographers mostly