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Negative Supply LM1 and cameras (Pic: Negative Supply)
The new meter costs at least £429 (£312) (All pics: Negative Supply)

Analogue photography company Negative Supply has launched a new digital light meter on Kickstarter.

The Light Meter LM1 is described as “a pocket-sized digital incident meter that quickly and easily measures ambient light for accurate exposures”. The metal light meter features 1/3 stops and has a backlit display with multiple viewing modes.

The meter is powered by an integrated battery recharged via USB-C. The meter is available in either aluminium or brass, and prices start from $379 (£276) for the cheapest early bird models available until Thursday (22 July).

The Kickstarter runs until 18 August and had raised more than 120% of the funding target of £36,500 ($50,000) well within the first 24 hours.

Negative Supply LM1 (Pic: Negative Supply)
The new meter features a backlit display for easier reading (Pic: Negative Supply)

The meter’s Kickstarter page lists some of the other features:

  • Colour Temperature sensor. Filmmakers, rejoice! Measuring the temperature of ambient light is now easier and more affordable than ever with the LM1. Photographers can also take advantage of this sensor when using daylight film with non-daylight illumination, to confirm consistent colour temperature with on-set lighting, and to determine correct compensation filters.
  • Built to last. The LM1 features an all-metal body, CNC-machined from aviation-grade aluminium or solid brass. Multiple scratch-resistant anodized colour options (or, on brass models, a high-quality black finish that will age beautifully), custom aluminium buttons, and a custom-moulded bulb, all add up to make the LM1 a mighty, small meter.
  • Integrated, long-life battery. No more carrying spares: the LM1’s Lithium-ion battery charges in under two hours (via USB-C), and offers up to two weeks of use.

California-based Negative Supply says the meter is the result of more than year of design and testing after they decided to make a meter out of metal rather than plastic.

“As our most complex design challenge to date, we knew we had a lot to learn to bring this idea to life. To help perfect the electronics, we partnered with experts who enabled us to create our own microcontroller core with exactly the functionality we needed. When it came time to create the enclosure, the same local machine shop we work with on other Negative Supply tools was able to work with brass and aluminium to our exacting specifications.

Leather case for meter (Pic: Negative Supply)
A leather case for the meter is available as an add-on (Pic: Negative Supply)

“The result is a pocket-sized light meter with a stunning display and a beautiful all-metal body that looks at home next to our favourite film and digital cameras.”

The Kickstarter campaign also includes a leather case and lanyard from Tap and Dye.

Negative Supply says stretch goals, depending on how much revenue is raised, could include built in shutter speed testing for cameras and filter factor calculations.

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Johnny Martyr
4 months ago

Seems like a very fine use of the recent surge in OLED technology with a closer eye on quality than some of the clip-on’s. The idea of a brass body is very appealing. Maybe this will be the one to make me turn in one of my older meters!