It looks like Sekonic is making good on their promise from July, they’ve now announced that the Godox module for the Sekonic L-858D light meters is coming. They’ve also announced a new L-858D module for Broncolor lights, too. Calm down, though, you can’t get them just quite yet. They’re not being released until November. But at least now we have a solid release date.
Last year, Sekonic put out a questionnaire on their Twitter feed asking if anybody was interested in them looking into the possibility of creating a Godox module for their light meters. It was suggested at the time that the two possible options for a Godox module would be their flagship L-858D and L-478D light meters. It’s been pretty much radio silence ever since, though. Until now.
After a user commented on one of Sekonic’s posts on their Facebook page that they were having issues getting their Sekonic L-858D-U light meter to talk with their Godox AD600, Sekonic responded with some positive news. Yes, that’s right, that Godox module is finally being released, and it’s coming this year.
Native Godox support with Sekonic light meters is something I’ve seen many Godox, Pixapro and Flashpoint users asking about for a long time. It seems that Sekonic has been listening, though, and are finally looking into the possibility of doing it. And I think this idea will make a lot of people very happy.
Sekonic has emailed out a questionnaire, which has since been posted several times by recipients to Facebook, in order to get some feedback from users of Godox lights, and its various rebrands around the world, suggesting two possible options for the Sekonic L858D and L-478D light meters.
The Sekonic L-308S meter is by far their most popular light meter. Fairly basic but very accurate and affordable, it’s the model that often introduces photographers to light meters. Perhaps they may eventually step up to something fancy like the L-478 or L-858, but the L-308 is usually where they started and the one they recommend to new photographers looking to get their first meter.
Now, in the form of the Sekonic L-308X-U, Sekonic have combined the best features of the L-308S for photographers and the L-308DC for filmmakers. The L-308X-U is a single unit designed for the next generation of both photographers and filmmakers. It also includes a couple of new, often requested features, too. Like a backlit LCD and ISO850 setting for modern cinema cameras.
Accessories are the unsung heroes of photography. They’re the items we own, that aid in our photography, but of which we rarely speak. They help get us out of a bind, or become invaluable to our workflow.
Here are some of our favourite accessories that we use on pretty much every shoot.
Ever since high speed sync was introduced to speedlights, I’ve seen questions about metering it. Up until now, it’s pretty much been impossible to judge with a handheld meter. You basically have to just go off your histogram. Now, that’s all changed. Originally announced at Photokina in September, Sekonic’s L-858D light meter is now getting into peoples hands.
Being able to meter high speed sync should start to put an end to the debates over just how much power is lost once you go past your sync speed. It should also make repeatability and consistency much easier. When you’re on location and fighting the sun, you’re often changing shutter speed regularly. While this doesn’t have any effect on flash below sync speed, it does when you get into HSS territory.
Have you ever had to balance LED lights? If you have, you know it is a nightmare. For once not all 6500K are created equal and even if all the LEDs on your setup are set to 6500K, they light output is slightly different. The other thing is that regardless of the color temperature, LED lights (and other pulsing lights, such as fluorescents) do not show a consistent light pattern.
This inconsistent light pattern means that a graph showing the color signature of an LED light may have spikes on certain colors. (have you ever heard on the horrible green spike?). Here is the thing though, (in general) the color meters that we currently have are not built to measure those color spikes, they assume that the signature is linear and sample the light color at wide intervals. Those wide intervals may cause the light meter to miss a spike (or a valley).
This is where the Sekonic C700 comes into play. We had a chat with Sekonic International sales director, Lorenzo Gasperini and he explained to us how the C700 is coping with those issues. There are some good news. Apparently, Sekonic rushed production and only had 2 of the C700 units produced, and even those were not guaranteed to be the final models. And there is nothing more exciting than putting your hands on a one of a kind unit :). And yes, the screen was stellar :)