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 Sekonic L-398AStudio Deluxe III released in 2006.
|Sekonic L-398M Light Meter|
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Studio Deluxe III
A newly designed Amorphous photo cell is used.
|Measuring system||incident and reflected||incident and reflected||incident and reflected|
|Measuring element||Selenium||Selenium||Amorphous photocell|
|Measuring range incident||EV 4 to 17 (ISO100)||EV 4 to 17 (ISO100)||EV 4 to 17|
|Measuring range reflected||EV 9 to 17|
|ASA||6 to 12,000 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||60 to 1/8000|
|Aperture||f1 to 90||f0.7 to 128||f0.7 to 128|
|Cine||8 to 128 fps||8 to 128 fps||8 to 128 fps|
|EV||EV 1 to 20||EV 1 to 20||EV 1 to 20|
|Dimensions||107 x 58 x 30 mm||112 x 58 x 34 mm||112 x 58 x 34 mm|