PRESS INFORMATION
Navigation of the Exposure Decision Process through
Integration of Flash Meter and Spot meter
- MINOLTA FLASH METER VI -
Minolta is pleased to introduce the Flash Meter VI high performance exposure meter. The
Flash Meter VI newly incorporates the spot meter function as the top end model of MINOLTA
exposure meters which have earned an excellent reputation.
The MINOLTA FLASH METER series has earned the support of professional and amateur
photographers as multifunctional tools for professional use. The Flash Meter VI, features a
compact and stylish design using a dioptric system and newly incorporates the high
performance spot meter function in addition to the conventional analyse function, brightness
difference function, exposure calculation function and other functions. Furthermore, the large
size LCD can display a film latitude together with a measured value, enabling users to
simulate how the subject is reproduced on the film instantaneously, while displaying the
incident light measurement result and reflected light measurement result (spot meter's
reading) simultaneously. The multifunctional Flash Meter VI can determine the optimum
exposure according to sophisticated photographic expressions.
In the field of photographic use exposure meters, which is the base of our measuring
instrument business, Minolta has provided high precision and highly reliable products
continuously for about 40 years as a leading company in this industry.
Main Features
Integration of high performance spot meter
The Flash Meter VI incorporates the high performance spot meter function with an acceptance
angle of 1°, in addition to the conventional functions of the Flash Meter series. The
Flash Meter VI not only functions as two different meters in a single unit, but also displays the
incident light and reflected light measurement results simultaneously and compares them by
using the latitude display function. (See Item 3)
Compact and stylish design
The built-in spot meter uses the high precision dioptric unit based on MINOLTA's advanced
optical technology, providing a compact and stylish body.
Exposure decision process navigation using latitude display function
The latitude range based on the standard exposure measured by the flash meter (incident
light measurement result) is displayed on the dot indicator of the analogue scale.
Simultaneously, the spot meter's reading (reflected light measurement result) is displayed on
the dot indicator of another analogue scale. The user can visually check how each part of the
subject is reproduced on the film by confirming the difference between the measured values
for highlight and shadow areas on a subject and the standard exposure. Conventionally, the
exposure decision process significantly depends on the photographer's experience and
know-how. With the Flash Meter VI, however, the user can easily determine the exposure
suitable for the intended photographic image, because the exposure decision process can be
instantaneously confirmed on the LCD.
Multifunctional meter providing analyse function, brightness difference function, etc.
Analyse function: With a single flash light measurement operation, the Flash Meter VI can
display the ratios of the flash light and ambient light on the LCD. The user can control the ratio
of the flash light by changing the shutter speed setting, to produce the desired lighting effect
according to the intended photographic image. The newly equipped quadrant analyse scale
improves the visibility.
Memory function: With a push of the MEMORY key, the Flash Meter VI can store
measurement data on up to 10 points.
Brightness difference function: The Flash Meter VI displays the exposure difference between
the predetermined standard value and the measured value on target points on the EV value
display and the dot indicator of the analogue scale.
Exposure calculation (S/A/H) functions: According to the intended photographic image, the
Flash Meter VI provides three types of exposure calculations (Shadow based exposure,
Average exposure and Highlight based exposure).
Custom settings mode: 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 digital cameras providing intermediate f-number settings (e.g.
F3.5, F6.5) that cannot be selected with conventional film cameras.
Technical Specifications
Type:
Digital exposure meter for measuring flash light and
ambient light
Reception methods:
Incident light and reflected light (spot)
Receptors:
Incident light: Spherical Diffuser/Flat Diffuser*, 270°
rotating receptor head
(* Optional accessory)
Reflected light (spot):
Acceptance angle of 1°
Receptor element:
Silicon photocell
Measuring modes:
AMBI mode: Ambient light measurement
CORD mode: Flash light measurement with sync
cord
NON.C mode: Flash light measurement without sync
cord (for incident light only)
Measuring range
(ISO 100)
Ambient light:
Incident light: Ev -2.0 to 19.9
Reflected light (spot): Ev 2.0 to 24.4
Flash light:
Incident light: FNo.1.0 to 128 + 0.9 stops
Reflected light (spot): FNo.2.8 to 128 + 0.9 stops
Measuring distance:
1.3 m to infinity (8) (for spot measurement)
Viewfinder:
Single lens reflective type with fixed focal point
Magnification: 1.2x
Viewing angle: 12° (vertical) x 17° (horizontal)
Dioptric adjustment range: -3.0 to +1.0
Repeatability:
±0.1 Ev
Calibration coefficients:
Incident light: C = 330 (Spherical Diffuser),
C = 250 (Flat Diffuser)
Reflected light (spot): K = 14
Display range:
f-number (FNo.): F1.0 to F128 + 0.9 stops
(0.1-stop increments)
Exposure value (Ev): -17 to 40.9 (0.1-stop
increments)
Shutter speed: Ambient light: 30 min. to 1/16000
sec., Flash light: 30 min. to 1/1000 sec. (1-, 1/2- or
1/3-stop increments)
Frame rate (Opening angle of 180°) 8, 12, 16, 18, 24,
25, 30, 32, 64, 128
ISO: 3 to 8000 (1/3-stop increments)
Exposure difference: -10.0 to +10.0 (0.1-stop
increments)
Analog scale: FNo.1.0 to F90 (1/2-stop increments)
Analyse scale: Flash light proportion 0 to 100% (25%
increments)
Other functions:
Latitude display function, Analyse function, Memory
function (10 measured values), Exposure calculation
function (S/A/H), Brightness difference function,
Exposure correcting function: -10.0 to +10.0 stops
(0.1-stop increments)
Power source:
Single AA alkaline dry cell
Battery service life:
Approx. 30 hours (for ambient light/incident light
continuous measurement using alkaline battery)
Operating temperature/
humidity range:
Temperature: -10 to 50°C (14 to 122°F)
Relative humidity: 85% max. [at 35°C (95°F)]/no
condensation
Storage temperature
& humidity:
Temperature: -20 to 55°C (-4 to 131°F)
Relative humidity: 85% max. [at 35°C (95°F)]/no
condensation
Other:
Sync terminal
Dimensions:
63 (W) x 175 (H) x 30 (D) mm
Weight:
170 g (excluding battery)
Standard accessories:
Spherical Receptor, Neck strap, Case,
Single AA dry cell
Flat Diffuser, Sync Cord III
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