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Minolta announce a new Digital Exposure Meter

Minolta announce a new Digital Exposure Meter - Minolta have introduced the Auto Meter VF as the successor to the Auto Meter IV F exposure meter that has earned wide support from amateurs to professionals.

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Exposure and Light Meters

Minolta Auto Meter VF

In the market of exposure meters, the Auto Meter IV F has earned a favourable reputation since it was launched in 1992, because of its operability and price. The newly available Auto Meter VF is the successor to the Auto Meter IV F. In addition to excellent operability and functionality, the Auto Meter VF provides flash light/ambient light ratio display (analyse) function, shadow based/highlight based exposure calculation function for reflected light measurement and a custom settings mode that allows users to specify a desired exposure correction value and shutter speed increment according to the user's preference. Among the Auto Meter series, the Auto Meter VF is the first model providing these functions. Using these functions, users can more easily achieve the desired photographic images.

Main Features
Enhanced function for flash light measurement

The Auto Meter VF measures the flash light (momentary light) and ambient light (continuous light) exposure separately with a single measurement operation. (Flash light/ambient light portion measurement method*) The ratio of the flash light exposure in the total exposure is displayed on the quadrant analyse scale along with the measured value. (Flash light proportion display) After measurement, you can simulate the ratios of the flash light and ambient light by changing the shutter speed setting on the Auto Meter VF. This function is useful for taking a photograph with or without the influence of the ambient light on the shooting scene (e.g. modelling lamp, natural light).

* Flash light/ambient light portion measurement method: After taking flash light reading (1), the meter automatically takes ambient light reading (2) with a single measurement operation, and determines the exposure of the flash light through (1) - (2) calculation.

For flash light measurement, the CORD and NON CORD modes are available. The shutter speed can be specified in the range of 1 sec. to 1/500 sec.

Wide display range

For ambient light measurement, the display range is 30 min. to 1/8000 sec. For flash light measurement, the display range is 1 sec. to 1/500 sec. The display mode can be customised according to the user's preference. The selectable shutter speed increment setting is 1 stop, 1/2 stop or 1/3-stop increments. The selectable FNo. display mode is the conventional intermediate stop display (1/10 stop increments) or the f number direct reading** mode.

** The f number direct reading mode is useful for cameras providing intermediate f number settings (e.g. f3.5, f6.5.)

Versatile exposure calculation functions

In addition to the averaging function that determines an average exposure reading at any two points, the Auto Meter VF provides shadow based and highlight based exposure calculation functions in reflected light measurement***. For example, if you wish to retain detail in the shadow area of a subject, the meter can calculate the optimum exposure from standard exposure on the shadow point through reflected light measurement. On the contrary, to prevent a white subject from being bleached out, the meter takes the exposure reading on the highlight point and calculates the optimum exposure from the standard exposure.

*** ( when using optional accessories Reflected Light Attachment II or Viewfinder 5)

With the memory function, the Auto Meter VF can store up to two measured values in the memory, enabling lighting ratio and contrast on a subject to be easily confirmed.

Compact, light weight body and simple operations

In spite of the diversified functions, the Auto Meter VF retains the same simple operation as the Auto Meter IV F.

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