If you’re still struggling with Sunny 16 when using your old M3, M2 or M4, then an inexpensive bit of salvation is at hand. TT Artisans, well known for budget M lenses, has introduced a lightmeter than looks like a sure-fire winner at under 50 quid.
In fact, it’s so attractive a proposition that the meter is temporarily sold out.
TT Artisans’ Light Meter comes in silver or black and appears to be slightly more compact than the popular Voigtländer device.
From the published images, the design allows a sufficient gap between meter and camera to avoid scratching the top plate.
Neither the TT Artisans Light Meter nor the Voigtländer VC II offer the direct linkage to the camera that was a major feature of the venerable Leica M, MC, MR coupled meters. They are readily available on the used market but there’s no guarantee on accuracy with such old instruments.
For an excellent overview of Leica light meters, which were made for Leica by Megawatt AG of Nuremberg, see this article by Ken Rockwell
The price of $62, plus shipping, is modest, especially when compared with the Voigtländer VC Meter II which costs £206 (plus tax) in the UK and $225 in the USA. Here’s a review of the VC Meter II. One small point if you are ordering the Light Meter is that the battery is not included, so you’ll need a CR2032 button cell in hand.
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