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Thoughts on the Reveni Light Meter

The Reveni Labs hot shoe Light Meter is the smallest one we’ve found.  But adding ‘mini’ to the name was entirely my idea.  It was a Kickstarter that my husband joined a few months ago, and I have to say one that I’ve been most pleased with.

The Reveni Light Meter has an excellent downloadable .PDF manual that starts with the basics of metering and proceeds through to the specifics of this light meter’s operation.  Each orders includes a certificate as shown above.  I’ll spare you the full description, because the manual can be examined before you make a purchase.  A summary of the key feature are below:

The Reveni Light Meter has an excellent downloadable .PDF manual that starts with the basics of metering and proceeds through to the specifics of this light meter’s operation.  Each orders includes a certificate as shown above.  I’ll spare you the full description, because the manual can be examined before you make a purchase.  A summary of the key feature are below:

The Reveni Meter has an ambient reflective meter with a 45 degree cone sensor field.   It has a bright OLED display with simple menu and controls (shown below).  It has aperture or shutter speed priority settings.  Exposure compensation can be set in steps of 1/3 stops in a range of -2 to +2.

Example display of f/16 and an exposure of 4 seconds, representing measurement of the red background material.

The Reveni uses a LR44 battery.  It weighs 9 grams including the battery.  The first battery is provided (at least for the Kickstarter version). The dimensions: 0.92 in (22.5 mm) x 0.86 in (21.8 mm) x 0.71 in (17.8 mm).  Now with the basics in hand, let’s get to the testing.

Light Meter Testing

To test the Reveni Meter I first compared it to my recently refurbished Minolta SRT-101, which included a light meter recalibration.  I mounted my f/1.7, 50 mm normal lens for the test.  I was exposing Kodak T-MAX 400 @ ISO 200 (E.I. 200).  Sometimes I held the f/-stop constant and changed the shutter speed and sometimes I held the shutter sped constant and changed the f/-stop.  In both cases my results were consistent.  The Minolta Meter was 1/2 to a full stop over exposed compared to the Reveni Meter results in medium to dimmer light.  The exposure difference could be as much as 2 f/-stops in bright light or with a lot of glare, as with the first example below. The Reveni doesn’t handle glare as well as the in-camera meter

Both meters agree for the wide open landscapes……..as above.

I also happened to have my X-700 loaded with Ilford HP5 @ ISO 400 (E.I. 400) with a roll of film that I wanted to finish.  I had been using this camera to photograph my Birthday Bouquet.  So I snapped on the Reveni Meter and did a few comparison images.  Here is one example below.  The X-700 meter showed a full 2-stop difference.

Final Thoughts

In general, I trust my 35 mm in-camera light meters, especially my refurbished SRT-101 and SRT-202, which were both re-calibrated.  And the in-camera meters seemed to handle bright light and glare better.  That said, I find no faults with the Reveni Meter and can think of two special cases where I will definitely use it.  I have two wonderful cameras that are fully manual with no light meters:  my Mamiya 1000s (645 format) and my FujiFilm GW690-III (6X9 mm format).  Usually I ‘guess-timate’ an exposure using the sunny-16 reference.  But, I’m not alway photographing in bright sunlight, and multiple bracketing exposures are not practical for the GW690-III which only has 8-shots per roll.  The Reveni Meter also offer a number of meter carrying options for cameras like the 1000s, that do not have a hot shoe.    So they have it all covered.  Be on the lookout for future works featuring these cameras and the Reveni Light Meter.

Technical Summary:

Speed: 1hr – 1/8000th sec in 1 stop increments

Aperture Range: F0.7 – f1024 in 1 stop increments

Film ISO Range: ISO 1 – ISO 12800, see “Setting Film ISO” for full list

Speed: 1hr – 1/8000th sec in 1 stop increments

Aperture Range: F0.7 – f1024 in 1 stop increments

Film ISO Range: ISO 1 – ISO 12800, see “Setting Film ISO” for full list

EV Shutter Range: EV 2 – EV 19.5 in 0.1EV increments (@ISO 100)

EV Shutter Range: EV 2 – EV 19.5 in 0.1EV increments (@ISO 100)

Note: Hamish Gill has published a detail and technically oriented review of the REVENI which can be found HERE. Turns out he;s friends withe developer and saw earlier models. Oh well, I had a;ready written this and decided to share it with my followers.

IN REMEMBRANCE: 9/11

I wanted to post something for TODAY:

And I also thought that FDR’s full quote was appropriate to Remember:

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and of vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. And I am convinced that you will again give that support to leadership in these critical days.”

Birthday Flowers from May

OK, so my Birthday was in May.  Those of us that use film know that rolls sometimes aren’t finished in a timely fashion.  But these were beautiful, sent to me by my eldest brother and his wife………….Back in May.  It was my 60th Birthday, so I wanted to highlight them:

 

From my X-700, HP5 Film and 50 mm Minolta MD f/3.5 Macros Lens.

Through the Glass: Eye Surgery and More………

I’ve been living like this for more than a year. I was told that 3rd Cranial Nerve damage was always allowed a year to see how much it might recover. Monday (August 24th) was my surgery day………….

The next two images show how much progress I had made. Here my eye closed without the glasses. Imagine wondering around for a year with your eye closed….no depth perception, for example:

Waiting the year (and having the Botox treatment) did make my left eye and eyelid a bit stronger. Before the surgery I could keep my eye open, but didn’t because the eyes were not aligned………

Since the eyes were not aligned it caused double vision. Below, my immediate post op photo:

The wound continued to drain overnight, ;eaving my eyelids stuck together by morning. I had to use several hot, wet face cloths to soak my eye (instructions say NO RUBBING), Finally the eye was open:

I will still need still need special glasses to restore near normal vision, but for now I have a ‘sweet spot’ in my current glasses that allow me to see stereo vision. Each day my vision and the coordination between my eyes is better,

Now moving on to the MORE…….That more being further complications from the original tumor. Or rather, complications from the Radiation Treatments. I had very high levels of radiation with the Proton Beam, resulting in Necrosis defined as:

The brain tissue necrosis is a delayed effect of radiation therapy and can occur several years after the radiation treatment, but it usually occurs within the first 1 to 2 years.[1]Jul 8, 2020

This Necrosis results in cysts growing in the Cranial Space and surrounding tissue. They started growing sometime after my 6 month check up, appearing in my May exam. The follow-up is every 8 weeks. I have that 8 week check in last week. Some cysts are smaller, some unchanged, and a few new ones have appear (but they are very small). So another MRI at the end of October and we’ll see where we are……

Prelim Discussion of IR-Sensitive B&W Films Part II: Washi-Z ISO 400

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Washi-Z 400, above with a dark red filter.  I start with that statement because for some reason I didn’t shoot the first few images with dark red.  Instead I had used an orange filter for some reason:

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Washi-Films were never intended for use in still cameras.  They were specialty films and most were developed for recording some type of motion, including a sound version.But nowadays these specialty films are creeping into the revitalized 35 mm film market.

And finally, two images from the Tonto Natural Bridge in Arizona.  Representing some of the early orange filter exposures.

So now what?  I’ve ordered more Washi-Z 400, and because the IR effect did not seem that strong, even with the red filter.  I’m going to try it with the IR-695 filter.  Watch for new results coming soon……

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The Door at Harper Lake

A local reservoir, but I couldn’t find any information on this Building.  I’m assuming it is some type of valve and pump house.

First the Door:  I was told that the Hawk Symbol was part of a Scavenger Hunt Trail…..

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And view from across the Lake:

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Finally, an image made on Pinhole Day, but not the one I submitted……See the Submitted Photo Here.

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November #CameraChallenge: Part II Shadows

Organizing my cameras again, I found two of my 35 mm cameras had been put away with partially exposed rolls of film.  So I took them out to finish the rolls for the #camerachallenge. : one Portra 400 and one HP5.  So I have both color and B&W to share:

Portra 400:

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My Arcosanti Bell

For me, Shadow often means Light!   To make a Shadow you need the Light

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View of Shadows in the same Window a few hours apart.  Shadows move and change with the Light.

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My Home has a lot of windows….so I have a lot of Shadows Indoors.

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But there are Shadows outside as well.  Above: what would I do without my satellite television.  Below:  A tree and it’s shadow on a neighbor’s house.

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Grosvenor Arch: Grand Staircase-Escalante

On a recent road trip back from Phoenix we stopped by the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Capitol Reef National Parks.  Both are currently under threat for oil, gas and mining exploration.  So they would be greatly reduced in size or eliminated by the current Administration.  So see it while you can…….

Here is a really spectacular triple Arch:  The Grosvenor Arch:

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Main view point from the parking lot only shows two of the Arches……

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You have to drive further up the road and Look Back to see the last Arch:

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Lomo Purple Revisited: Lessons Learned Part II

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Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film.  I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before.  And surprisingly, I like it.  But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions,

So this is more of a user’s guide than a film review.  I’ll let you try the film and decide if you like it. FIRST:  the angle of the sun with respect to your image scene is the biggest factor for a successful image.  I’ve discussed in a Lomo Purple is definitely an interesting film.  I had never tried a ‘special effects’ film before.  And surprisingly, I like it.  But there are some caveats that never seem to be mentioned in Lomo Purple posts and promotions, I have touched upon this in previous post and hope to publish a full summary review of my experiences soon.  But note that the ideal sun angle is 90 to 180 degrees from the image scene.  In my most recent Lomo Purple roll shown here, I was careful with the sun angle.

 

I have one more roll of medium format Lomo Purple being developed now.  I also plan on running an exposure time test for the RSS Pinhole.  AND in a few weeks I expect an @35mmc summary article of My Lomo Purple experiences to be published.

Why Fisheye?

I’ve realized that I had several Fisheye lens/camera set ups.  My First was a Zenitar Fisheye for my 35 mm Minolta Family:

 

 

Minolta Zenitar Redwoods:

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Next I acquired a Lomo Fisheye:

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Then a Fisheye attachment for the Holga.  My First Emulsive Secret Santa Gift:

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Next A Fisheye Lens for My Diana:

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Wow this is out of control right?  So I thought about “Rewarding” myself with a Mamiya 645 fish eye lens after recovering from a recent illness.  The price though, was daunting  (~$1200) and I thought about how little I actually use any of my other Fisheye Lenses. Then I became aware of the Arsat Zodiak-8 Fisheye, and picked one up for $120.  In fact I bought two cameras and two lenses for the cost of the most expensive M645 Fisheye listing ($1800).

So, now for the first results from the Arsat with comparisons to my 35 mm Fisheye:

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Chapel on the Rock: 645 Arsat Fisheye, Peak to Peak Highway

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Above: I call this one the “Tree on the Rock”  also Peak to Peak Highway.

Now from some side by side comparisons to my 35 mm Zenitar Fisheye )left B&W is 645; right color is 35 mm):  These were taken from the same tripod position.

 

 

 

 

 

If you are old enough to remember, the 1970’s were a Fisheye crazed time.  Even the original Hawaii 5-0 had a fisheye view of a landing plane in its Intro. But, I haven’t answered my question yet:  Why Fisheye?  Well, just for the fun of it!

Post Script:  I haven’t forgotten 9/11, I’m just not going to support the politicization of it.  I will Always Honor those who died.