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== History ==
 
== History ==
The company's roots seemingly trace back to June 1941.<REF> [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/outline Company outline] in the Japanese official website. </REF> It was established as a stock company (''kabushiki-gaisha'') in June 1951 as '''Seikō Denki Kōgyō K.K.''' (成光電機工業{{kabu}})<REF name="Chronology"> [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/history Chronology] in the Japanese website. </REF> or '''Seiko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.''',<REF name="History"> [http://www.sekonic.com/pages/about.asp History] in the English official website. </REF> based in Toshima, Tokyo.<REF name="Chronology" /> Its first exposure meter was the Sekonic P-I.<REF name="History" />
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The company's roots seemingly trace back to June 1941.<REF> [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/outline Company outline] in the Japanese official website. </REF> It was established as a stock company (''kabushiki-gaisha'') in June 1951 as '''Seikō Denki Kōgyō K.K.''' (成光電機工業{{kabu}})<REF name="Chronology"> [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/history Chronology] in the Japanese website. </REF> or '''Seiko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.''',<REF name="History"> [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/english/company/history.html History] in the English official website. </REF> based in Toshima, Tokyo.<REF name="Chronology" /> Its first exposure meter was the Sekonic P-I.<REF name="History" />
  
 
In 1959 the company opened a new factory in Nerima, Tokyo, and created the sub-company K.K. Hachiyō Kōgaku Kōgyō ({{kabu}}八陽光学工業), with a factory in Ikeda, prefecture of Nagano, for the manufacture of exposure meters.<REF name="Chronology" /> The main company Seikō Denki Kōgyō was renamed K.K. Sekonic ({{kabu}}セコニック) in August 1960.<REF name="Chronology" /> It opened another factory in Ikeda in 1965.<REF name="Chronology" />
 
In 1959 the company opened a new factory in Nerima, Tokyo, and created the sub-company K.K. Hachiyō Kōgaku Kōgyō ({{kabu}}八陽光学工業), with a factory in Ikeda, prefecture of Nagano, for the manufacture of exposure meters.<REF name="Chronology" /> The main company Seikō Denki Kōgyō was renamed K.K. Sekonic ({{kabu}}セコニック) in August 1960.<REF name="Chronology" /> It opened another factory in Ikeda in 1965.<REF name="Chronology" />
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=== Exposure meters ===
 
=== Exposure meters ===
 
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|| ''Column on Sekonic meters in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955.<br>It shows the Baby II, L-VI, L-III and L-II. {{public domain Japan new}}''
 
|| ''Column on Sekonic meters in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955.<br>It shows the Baby II, L-VI, L-III and L-II. {{public domain Japan new}}''
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|| ''Advertisement for Sekonic meters in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955. It shows the L-VI, P-II, L-II, L-III and L-V. {{public domain Japan new}}''
 
|| ''Advertisement for Sekonic meters in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955. It shows the L-VI, P-II, L-II, L-III and L-V. {{public domain Japan new}}''
 
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* Sekonic P-I Perfect (c.1951)<REF name="product list"> [http://english.sekonic.co.jp/meter_history Product list] in the Sekonic official website. </REF><REF name="product list" />
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* Sekonic P-I Perfect (c.1951)<REF name="product list"> [http://archive.is/english.sekonic.co.jp/meter_history Product list] (archived) in the Sekonic official website. </REF><REF name="product list" />
 
* Sekonic P-II Perfect (sold at ¥3,400 in 1955)<REF name="FAR 06/55 column"> Column in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955, p.103. </REF><REF name="FAR 06/55 advert"> Advertisement in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955, p.105. </REF>
 
* Sekonic P-II Perfect (sold at ¥3,400 in 1955)<REF name="FAR 06/55 column"> Column in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955, p.103. </REF><REF name="FAR 06/55 advert"> Advertisement in {{FAR}} no.80, June 1955, p.105. </REF>
 
* Sekonic CB-I and B-I Baby<REF name="product list" />
 
* Sekonic CB-I and B-I Baby<REF name="product list" />
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* [[Sekonic L-86|Sekonic L-86 Autolumi]] (1963 - 1978)<REF name="product list" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-86|Sekonic L-86 Autolumi]] (1963 - 1978)<REF name="product list" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-86|Sekonic L-86B Autolumi]]<REF name="product list" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-86|Sekonic L-86B Autolumi]]<REF name="product list" />
* Sekonic L-88 Micro Light Meter (1961–63)<REF name="battery operated"> [http://www.sekonic.com/support/support_22.asp List of battery-operated exposure meters] in the Sekonic official website. </REF>
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* Sekonic L-88 Micro Light Meter (1961–63)<REF name="battery operated"> [http://www.sekonic.com/united-states/support/batteryselectorchart.aspx List of battery-operated exposure meters] in the Sekonic official website. </REF>
 
* Sekonic L-96 Super Micro Light (1961–64)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-96 Super Micro Light (1961–64)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-98 Micro-Leader (1964–78)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-98 Micro-Leader (1964–78)<REF name="battery operated" />
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* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308B Flashmate]] (1994-)<REF name="product list" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308B Flashmate]] (1994-)<REF name="product list" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308BII Flashmate]](1996-2005)<REF name="product list" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308BII Flashmate]](1996-2005)<REF name="product list" />
* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308S Flashmate]] (2005-)
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* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308S Flashmate]] (2005-2016)
* Sekonic L-308S-U
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* Sekonic L-308S-U (2016-
* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308DC DigiCineMate]] (2010-)
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* [[Sekonic L-308|Sekonic L-308DC DigiCineMate]] (2010-2016)
* Sekonic L-308DC-U
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* Sekonic L-308DC-U (2016-
 
* Sekonic L-318 Digi-Light (1986–1988)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-318 Digi-Light (1986–1988)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-318B Digi-Light (1987–2002)<REF name="product list" />
 
* Sekonic L-318B Digi-Light (1987–2002)<REF name="product list" />
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* Sekonic L-448 Studio-Auto II (1981–85)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-448 Studio-Auto II (1981–85)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-458| Sekonic L-458 Digiflash]] (1984–89)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-458| Sekonic L-458 Digiflash]] (1984–89)<REF name="battery operated" />
* Sekonic L-478D Lightmaster Pro (2012-
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* [[Sekonic L-478|Sekonic L-478D Lightmaster Pro]] (2012-2016)
* Sekonic L-478DR Lightmaster Pro (2012-
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* [[Sekonic L-478|Sekonic L-478DR Lightmaster Pro]] (2012-2016)
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* [[Sekonic L-478|Sekonic L-478D-U Lightmaster Pro]] (2016-
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* [[Sekonic L-478|Sekonic L-478DR-U Lightmaster Pro]] (2016-
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* [[Sekonic L-478|Sekonic L-478DR-U-EL Lightmaster Pro]] (2016-
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* [[Sekonic L-478|Sekonic L-478DR-U-PX Lightmaster Pro]] (2016-
 
* [[Sekonic L-518|Sekonic L-518 Digipro X-1]] (1983–89)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-518|Sekonic L-518 Digipro X-1]] (1983–89)<REF name="battery operated" />
* Sekonic L-718 Digi-Master (1990–2001)<REF name="battery operated" />
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* [[Sekonic L-718|Sekonic L-718 Digi-Master]] (1990–2001)<REF name="battery operated" />
  
 
=== Spotmeters ===
 
=== Spotmeters ===
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* Sekonic L-408 Multimaster (1995–2002)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-408 Multimaster (1995–2002)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-438 View-Spotmeter (1979–88)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-438 View-Spotmeter (1979–88)<REF name="battery operated" />
* Sekonic L-478D-U Lightmaster Pro
 
* Sekonic L-478DR-U Lightmaster Pro
 
* Sekonic L-478DR-U-EL Lightmaster Pro
 
* Sekonic L-478DR-U-PX Lightmaster Pro
 
 
* [[Sekonic L-488|Sekonic L-488 Digi-Spot]] (1985–91)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-488|Sekonic L-488 Digi-Spot]] (1985–91)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-508|Sekonic L-508 Zoom-Master]] (1997–2003)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-508|Sekonic L-508 Zoom-Master]] (1997–2003)<REF name="battery operated" />
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* Sekonic L-558 and L-558R Dualmaster (2003–)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-558 and L-558R Dualmaster (2003–)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-558 Cine Dualmaster (2003–)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-558 Cine Dualmaster (2003–)<REF name="battery operated" />
* Sekonic L-608 Superzoom-Master (2001–2004)<REF name="battery operated" />
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* [[Sekonic L-608|Sekonic L-608 Superzoom-Master]] (2001–2004)<REF name="battery operated" />
* Sekonic L-608 Cine Superzoom-Master (2001–2004)<REF name="battery operated" />
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* [[Sekonic L-608|Sekonic L-608 Cine Superzoom-Master]] (2001–2004)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* [[Sekonic L-758|Sekonic L-758Cine Digital Master]] (2001-)
 
* [[Sekonic L-758|Sekonic L-758Cine Digital Master]] (2001-)
 
* [[Sekonic L-758|Sekonic L-758Cine-U Digital Master]]
 
* [[Sekonic L-758|Sekonic L-758Cine-U Digital Master]]
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* Sekonic L-778 Dual-Spot F (1992–2002)<REF name="battery operated" />
 
* Sekonic L-778 Dual-Spot F (1992–2002)<REF name="battery operated" />
  
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=== Illuminometer ===
 
=== Illuminometer ===
 
* Sekonic L-20B Table Light Checker<REF name="product list" />
 
* Sekonic L-20B Table Light Checker<REF name="product list" />
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* Sekonic C-500 Prodigi Color
 
* Sekonic C-500 Prodigi Color
 
* Sekonic C-500R Prodigi Color
 
* Sekonic C-500R Prodigi Color
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* Sekonic C-700
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* Sekonic C-700R
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* Sekonic C-7000
  
 
== Cine cameras ==
 
== Cine cameras ==
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In English:
 
In English:
 
* [http://www.sekonic.com/main/ Sekonic official website]:
 
* [http://www.sekonic.com/main/ Sekonic official website]:
** [http://www.sekonic.com/pages/about.asp Brief history]
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** [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/english/company/history.html Brief history]
** [http://www.sekonic.com/support/support_22.asp List of battery-operated exposure meters, past and present]
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** [http://www.sekonic.com/united-states/support/batteryselectorchart.aspx List of battery-operated exposure meters, past and present]
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** [http://archive.is/english.sekonic.co.jp/meter_history List of past and present products] (archived)
 
In Japanese:
 
In Japanese:
 
* [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/ Japanese official website]:
 
* [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/ Japanese official website]:
 
** [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/history Chronology]
 
** [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/history Chronology]
 
** [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/outline Company outline]
 
** [http://www.sekonic.co.jp/outline Company outline]
** [http://english.sekonic.co.jp/meter_history List of past and present products] (in English)
 
 
* [http://blog.livedoor.jp/united3arrows/archives/19336214.html Advertisement for Sekonic meters] published in 1954, reproduced in a [http://blog.livedoor.jp/united3arrows/archives/cat_911880.html page of Japanese postwar advertisements] at [http://blog.livedoor.jp/united3arrows/ Shashin-Bako]
 
* [http://blog.livedoor.jp/united3arrows/archives/19336214.html Advertisement for Sekonic meters] published in 1954, reproduced in a [http://blog.livedoor.jp/united3arrows/archives/cat_911880.html page of Japanese postwar advertisements] at [http://blog.livedoor.jp/united3arrows/ Shashin-Bako]
  
 
[[Category: Japanese accessory makers]]
 
[[Category: Japanese accessory makers]]
 
[[Category: Meter makers]]
 
[[Category: Meter makers]]

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Sekonic is a Japanese manufacturer of light meters, still active today (2012).

History

The company's roots seemingly trace back to June 1941.[1] It was established as a stock company (kabushiki-gaisha) in June 1951 as Seikō Denki Kōgyō K.K. (成光電機工業㈱)[2] or Seiko Electric Industries Co., Ltd.,[3] based in Toshima, Tokyo.[2] Its first exposure meter was the Sekonic P-I.[3]

In 1959 the company opened a new factory in Nerima, Tokyo, and created the sub-company K.K. Hachiyō Kōgaku Kōgyō (㈱八陽光学工業), with a factory in Ikeda, prefecture of Nagano, for the manufacture of exposure meters.[2] The main company Seikō Denki Kōgyō was renamed K.K. Sekonic (㈱セコニック) in August 1960.[2] It opened another factory in Ikeda in 1965.[2]



As well as light meters sold under its own brand, the company also made various OEM meters, sold under different names such as Prinz and Hanimex, whilst others were built into various Japanese cameras. Sekonic also made 8mm movie cameras and projectors in the 1960s, some of which were also sold under other names like Hanimex, others under their own Sekonic and Elmatic brands.

In 1984, the Sekonic L-518 Digipro X-1 meter was used on board the NASA Space Shuttle.[3]

List of products

Exposure meters

Spotmeters

Illuminometer

  • Sekonic L-20B Table Light Checker[4]
  • Sekonic L-246 Lux Meter
  • Sekonic L-258 Light Checker[4]
  • Sekonic i-346 Illuminometer

Colormeters

  • Sekonic CT-II Color Meter[4]
  • Sekonic C-500 Prodigi Color
  • Sekonic C-500R Prodigi Color
  • Sekonic C-700
  • Sekonic C-700R
  • Sekonic C-7000

Cine cameras

  • Sekonic Dualmatic Zoom
  • Sekonic Elmatic 8
  • Sekonic Zoom 8

Notes

  1. Company outline in the Japanese official website.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Chronology in the Japanese website.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 History in the English official website.
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 4.22 4.23 4.24 4.25 4.26 4.27 4.28 4.29 4.30 4.31 4.32 4.33 4.34 4.35 4.36 4.37 4.38 4.39 4.40 Product list (archived) in the Sekonic official website.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Column in Photo Art no.80, June 1955, p.103.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Advertisement in Photo Art no.80, June 1955, p.105.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Advertisement dated 1954 reproduced at Shashin-Bako.
  8. 8.00 8.01 8.02 8.03 8.04 8.05 8.06 8.07 8.08 8.09 8.10 8.11 8.12 8.13 8.14 8.15 8.16 8.17 8.18 8.19 8.20 8.21 8.22 8.23 8.24 8.25 8.26 8.27 8.28 8.29 8.30 8.31 8.32 8.33 List of battery-operated exposure meters in the Sekonic official website.

Bibliography

  • Photo Art rinji zōkan: Kamera akusesarī zensho (フォトアート臨時増刊・カメラアクセサリー全書, Photo Art special issue: All the camera accessories). June 1955, no.80 of the magazine.
    • "Denki roshutsukei" (電気露出計, Electric exposure meters). Pp.102–3.
    • Advertisement by Sanae Shōkai on p.105.

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