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I've been enjoying the newly acquired KEKS mark II meter using it on a few of my film bodies. I still have the meter from RFLX which works well but the button batteries don't seem to like colder weather. At least with KEKS, it is rechargeable via USB-C. Tomorrow, I should receive the VC meter (used from Cameraquest). I've heard good things regarding the accuracy of the VC meter and I'm liking having multiple meters, one for each body. That way, I set the ISO on the meter which reminds me of what's in the camera (I know there are other ways to remember the film in camera!).

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Feb 14, 2024 at 11:24 AM
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p.3 #2 · p.3 #2 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


I've tested the Reveni and found it to be lightweight and accurate.

However, I personally prefer the Droomo light meter. I find it to be just as accurate, and they offer a version made of brass painted black that matches my BP cameras.







Feb 14, 2024 at 06:23 PM
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p.3 #3 · p.3 #3 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


Time for a weekly Reveni Cube Meter MK2 battery drain update. It's been three weeks since I charged it and the meter is showing 70%. I'm going to let it go until the "Dead Bat" flashes on.


Feb 24, 2024 at 02:15 PM
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p.3 #4 · p.3 #4 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


I have three reveni spot meter, works wonderfully. Only problem is I've been sunny 16 metering in my head for the last two years and haven't actually used it much.


Feb 28, 2024 at 06:54 PM
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p.3 #5 · p.3 #5 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


I have a KEKS listed in buy/sell. Tiny, light, accurate.

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Feb 28, 2024 at 07:44 PM
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p.3 #6 · p.3 #6 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


I have the Reflx, Keks v2 and the Voigtlander meters. Right now, my preferences in order are:

1) Voigtlander
2) Keks
3) Reflx

I've come to like the Voigtlander dials, it's quick and easy. Changing ISO is very straight forward and I don't have to remember the right button combination to change ISO. Dialing in exposure is very fast and straight forward as well, especially for an Aperture priority shooter that I am.

The KEKS v2 is also quite good and I like that it has a rechargeable battery. My only 'critique' is that the text display is so small for my aging eyes, especially reading the ISO value.

The Reflx is quite small and works great. However, the batteries seem to take a big hit in cold weather losing power very quickly only to regain it when back indoors.



Feb 28, 2024 at 09:24 PM
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p.3 #7 · p.3 #7 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


madNbad wrote:
I had mounted them on the camera for a while but mostly carried them on a lanyard. This left the accessory shoe available for finders and has the advantage of not needing to move it from one camera to another.


I'm going to try this as well -- my only complaint with the Reveni is that it's so tall that if I mount it on the cold shoe my camera no longer fits in the small bag I like to use, so I'll try wearing it around my neck; that'll also allow me to tuck it in my coat if the weather's dodgy. What lanyard are you using?



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rji2goleez wrote:
I have the Reflx, Keks v2 and the Voigtlander meters. Right now, my preferences in order are:

1) Voigtlander
2) Keks
3) Reflx

I've come to like the Voigtlander dials, it's quick and easy. Changing ISO is very straight forward and I don't have to remember the right button combination to change ISO. Dialing in exposure is very fast and straight forward as well, especially for an Aperture priority shooter that I am.

The KEKS v2 is also quite good and I like that it has a rechargeable battery. My only 'critique' is that the text display is so small for my aging eyes, especially
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I'll give the Voigtlander a try. Thanks for suggesting it.
It appears larger, but having mechanical dials makes sense for use with a mechanical body.



Mar 06, 2024 at 11:57 AM
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bjhurley wrote:
I'm going to try this as well -- my only complaint with the Reveni is that it's so tall that if I mount it on the cold shoe my camera no longer fits in the small bag I like to use, so I'll try wearing it around my neck; that'll also allow me to tuck it in my coat if the weather's dodgy. What lanyard are you using?


I bought a bag of cheap cell phone lanyards off of Amazon. Matt actually designed the meter with a spot for the loop to pass through but you need tweezers to pull it. I find it easier to keep it in a pocket also for holding the meter closer to a subject for a more accurate reading.
I charged mine on March first to see if one charge will last for a month. Of course my Sekonic 308 is on its second year with the same AA battery.




Mar 06, 2024 at 12:20 PM
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Reveni Light Meter MK2 update. On March first, I charged the little cube to 100% and then put it away just to see how much battery drain there would be. I did check it throughout the month and there was a 20% drop in the first two weeks but then it stabilized. When I checked it on Friday the 29th, it was at 70%. Today, April 1st itís at 60%.
Overall, the performance is much improved over the LR44 version. It would be even better if there was a physical on/off switch. Iím happy with the fact that it changes quickly and holds it long enough for several week of use before needing to be recharged.
As I have said, this may not be the meter for everyone but for me, itís much more convenient than a phone app and a good companion to the Kodak Retina.



Apr 01, 2024 at 11:41 AM
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p.3 #11 · p.3 #11 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


I'm experiencing similar battery life.

The only little improvement I could suggest is a visual indication of exposure compensation. The Hedeco meter is great for this: it has a little scale on the bottom of the display that shows you whether you've enabled exposure compensation, and if so by how much. On the Reveni meter, exposure compensation is a few button presses deep in the menu, and if I put a filter on my lens and boost exposure compensation to account for it there's no indication on the main screen. I took a few photos that will be 1 stop overexposed because I forgot to reset exposure compensation when I removed a filter. There's not much room on the screen to show whether compensation is enabled, but maybe a tiny plus or minus sign in the bottom right corner could be feasible; I might suggest that to Matt.

Speaking of the Hedeco meter, I've had mine for nearly a year now and the battery is still at 70 percent, and that's after a lot of shooting in the past year. I find the Reveni much easier to read outdoors, so I've switched to the Reveni for the most part.



Apr 03, 2024 at 04:37 AM
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p.3 #12 · p.3 #12 · Experiences with Reveni labs light meter


bjhurley wrote:
I'm experiencing similar battery life.

The only little improvement I could suggest is a visual indication of exposure compensation. .


In fact I heard back from Matt and this is already implemented, I just didn't notice it! The tail of the little arrow at top becomes split when exposure compensation is enabled, and is solid when it is not. So I'll just pay attention to that (and read the manual before I suggest implementing features that are already implemented).



Apr 03, 2024 at 01:25 PM
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bjhurley wrote:
In fact I heard back from Matt and this is already implemented, I just didn't notice it! The tail of the little arrow at top becomes split when exposure compensation is enabled, and is solid when it is not. So I'll just pay attention to that (and read the manual before I suggest implementing features that are already implemented).


Thatís great to know! Iíll take a closer look.



Apr 03, 2024 at 03:13 PM
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