Sekonic L-398

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Studio Deluxe

The Sekonic Studio Deluxe model L-398 is a hand held light meter released in 1976. It is an improved version of the Sekonic Studio L-28 series meters. This particular model design is directly related to the Director line of meters originally created by Donald W. Norwood and cinematographer Karl Freund. This meter has the "new" updated calibration compared to the L-28 series.

Studio Deluxe II

A newer model L-398M Studio Deluxe II, released in 1989 improve the readability of the meter by having slightly larger printing. It has a slightly improved measuring scale and 27% reduction in weight because of construction material changes. It was replaced by the L-398A Studio Deluxe III released in 2006.


L-398 L-398M
Measuring system incident and reflected incident and reflected
Measuring element Selenium Selenium
Measuring range EV 4 to 17 (ISO100) EV 4 to 17 (ISO100)
ASA 6 to 12,000 ASA 6 to 12,000 ASA
DIN 9 to 42 DIN 9 to 42 DIN
Shutter 60 to 1/2000 sec 60 to 1/8000
Aperture f1 to 90 f0.7 to 128
Cine 8 to 128 fps 8 to 128 fps
EV EV 1 to 20 EV 1 to 20
Dimensions 107 x 58 x 30 mm 112 x 58 x 34 mm
Weight 250g 190g