Ronald N. Tan’s Flying L-358

August 4, 2010

Sekonic often gets unsolicited stories about the quality and durability of our meters. One which comes to mind is the email from Ron Plasencia when he wanted to share with us the story of his thirty-five year old Sekonic L-28c light meter, which still functions perfectly for him.

We recently were contacted by Ronald N. Tan, a photographer in Los Angeles and San Francisco, who is the proud owner of a Sekonic L-358 light meter. He shared a remarkable story demonstrating the products strength and durability.

As Tan, a former Applied Physics and Pre-pharmacy major recalls, he started teaching himself photography from scratch in 2007. At that time he purchased a new L-358. Within the first year of owning it, he had a shoot with a model at U.C. Davis and drove the 30 minutes to get there. “After our shoot, I accidentally left my L-358 and my color checker card on the roof,” he reports. “I know this because I have a habit of leaving things on my Maxima 2000.”

When he arrived home, he couldn’t locate the L-358 or his color checker card. “After searching my house, I finally drove back to U.C. Davis,” he says. “At the trunk of the tree located near the parking structure, was my L-358 along with my color checker card. I was able to spot my color checker card from afar due to its bright colors. Since then, my L-358 works perfectly. A good samaritan probably found my items and relocated them off the road and placed them at the trunk of the tree.”

The kindness of a stranger has not been in vain. Tan continues to meter his shoots with his L-358. “Since the accident, my L-358 has traveled with me to El Mirage Day Lake in Los Angeles and the beaches on the Pacific Coastal Highway in Malibu,” he reports. “It got sand on it and some moisture from the water, but it all works well three years later.”

Tan sent us a late email with the following quote. “Great investment!!! I stand behind that as a testimony of L-358’s durability! My L-358 hasn’t been serviced either. If it ain’t broke, why fix it?”

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