On the eve of our 60th anniversary in the light meter business, Sekonic continues to be committed to the needs of professional photographers and their expectations. The Sekonic brand has aspired to lead the industry by offering the world’s most innovative and advanced range of light meters. We have grown and changed since our humble beginnings, and we’d like to share some of those changes with you.
It all started on June 16, 1951, when Mr. Ryuichi Mitani, a young man at the time, established “Seiko Electronic Co. Ltd” engineering, manufacturing and design company for exposure light meters and selenium purification systems. That same year, the company released their first exposure meter, the L-1, under the brand name Sekonic. By 1960 the Sekonic brand meters became so popular that the company changed the name from Seiko Electronic Co. Ltd to Sekonic Corporation, a true testament Sekonic meters were destined for success.
The company grew over the years. In 1963 it was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Sekonic’s detail to precision engineering and business expertise in the electronics business landed them many notable OEM clients such as Copal and Konica. In 1974 Sekonic received the “Good Design” award from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry for the L-428 System Meter. Sekonic would later be honored with this prestigious award again in 1994 for the L-308B Flashmate. During the years to follow, Sekonic diversified into other markets such as Industrial Recorders, Plotters, Optical Mark Readers and other various measuring instruments.
In 1984 Sekonic received worldwide recognition when NASA chose the L-518 Digipro X-1 for the Space Shuttle missions. As the first Shuttle launched, so did the future of Sekonic light meters, with popular models such as the L-408 Multi Master in 1995, and L-508 Zoom Master in 1997. As the new millennium started, Sekonic released the world’s first radio triggering light meters (L-358 Flash Master and L-608 Super Zoom Master) compatible with PocketWizard, offering wireless triggering and measuring of remote flash equipment in addition to other features.
As the photo industry evolved into digital capture technology, Sekonic demonstrated its commitment to the needs of the professional photographer. Starting with the L-558 DualMaster and than the L-308S, Sekonic began to release digital-ready light meters. However, in 2006 Sekonic completely reinvented the meaning of a light meter with the world’s first digital “Exposure Profiling” solution, the L-758 DigitalMaster.
The L-758 series currently leads the product line and remains unchallenged in the industry by offering photographers a hardware/software package which ensures perfect digital exposure control. It is the first truly digital-ready light meter with tons of cool features and earned the nickname the ultimate “Multi Tool.” With the L-758 off the drawing board, Sekonic engineers fueled with excitement set off to break another digital milestone. In 2008 the world’s first digital ready color meter with wireless triggering built-in was born, the C-500 series.
In recent times, we’ve seen the merging of still and moving images, and Sekonic is there with products such as the L-308DC DigiCineMate launched in 2010. Today Sekonic continues to bring innovative new products to professional photographers and videographers. We at Sekonic have come a long way and there are many more miles ahead of us. We couldn’t have done it without our loyal users, and so it’s with pride and gratitude we ask you, our customers, to join us in celebrating this most auspicious occasion.
In order to commemorate our 60th anniversary, Sekonic is making the L-308S FlashMate available in three exciting new colors, Candy Blue, Apple Red and Lime Green, in addition to the previously-available Black.
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