Lumu IPhone Light meter review

Lumu IPhone Light meter review

Lumu

Ahhh now here we have it! An external IPhone light meter! This little device plugs right into the headphone jack of an iPhone, you have to download the Lumu app which then shows Aperture, Shutter speed then ISO you simply use it like a normal light meter, putting it next to your subject or pointing it in the direction of which you are shooting press measure then it shows all the information.

App

The light meter it self is very snappy you simply press the button and it does it for every single aperture on that ISO. I have encountered one little issue though after you get used to the app and actually take a photo I noticed it was slightly underexposed you can calibrate it inside the app although it does not really explain how to do it perfectly.

Using the Lumu

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Using the cameras built in light meter

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These photos are straight from the JPG there has been no editing of any kind in these. The difference is not huge and its nothing too major that a little photoshop can’t fix. The price of this Device is $150 US Dollars. In my opinion it is worth it if you wish to have a small yet useful light meter. Problem is when your phone dies you have no light meter, other light meters batteries last way longer then an iPhone battery will which makes them more reliable.

So i then tried this in direct sunlight, F4 with the Nikon 30-110 lens I must say it REALLY messed up on this one, underexposing it majorly, now could this be user error? it could be! I have only used this a little bit, but imagine I was shooting out of an old TLR and I thought all my images were coming out correctly, when all I’m actually doing is wasting film and money for images that may be unusable!

Direct sun Lumu

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Direct sun aperture priority mode

Camera Lumu

The lump always seems to underexpose it and the in camera meters have slightly over exposed this photo, it seems you just have to mess with it a little bit, figure out what you are looking for. If you are using strictly analog I recommend getting a proprietary light meter, however if you shoot mostly digital but film sometimes I strongly recommend this Lumu you can tweak it in the settings if you know how too, another good feature of this is you can measure light intensity in the room at a constant scan rate. For the price though this product isn’t too bad it is way better than spending $400 plus dollars on a light meter if you don’t rely on one all the time. It is pocketable and you can even wear it around your neck with the included necklace.

Necklace

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If you are thinking about purchasing one of these Id look to see if it will work with your Device, I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 and it won’t register even though I have the app. Its made for iPhones more than android devices.

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Ricoh FF-90 Review

Ricoh FF-90 Review

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Hey everyone, hope you are all having a great day today! I took the Ricoh FF-90 to the river hoping to get some great shots of people and my group I was with, I got a few but noticed some small issues with this camera, this could easily be that it was a Goodwill camera and had some issues from the owner misusing it. However when this camera does do focus good this camera has pretty well photo quality even though I am using not very good film for this test (just some cheap CVS Kodak film) I may put some Porta 160 in this camera to see how much better it is then update this review with better photos.

My favorite part of this camera over the Contax T2 is it is way quicker, though more cheaply made it still feels great in the hand, when I took this on the river I had to keep it in a small waterproof box attached to my belt loop which wasn’t the most comfortable thing ever but good enough to be able to get some good photos. I could easily and quickly grab it out and take a picture then hurry and put it in before the rapids came. When you place film inside this little camera it automatically winds it and tells you the ISO by it self its practically a fully automatic analog camera which is nice for a point in shoot sometimes.

Kyle Ricoh FF-90

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The colors on this camera are actually quite nice even with very cheap film about 8 dollars for 3 rolls, if I was to put Porta 160 in here and the camera focused correctly I bet it would be quite superb!

Sarah Ricoh FF-90

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Group Photo Ricoh FF-90

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When these come out they look pretty good, though some where hazing in some spots is noticeable, but now I will show you where there are focus problems.

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Landscape

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This camera has made most of my photos unusable as it did not focus correctly, it either focused really close or behind the subject which is quite…. odd, but when these do come out I enjoy the images this camera gives! I must say for 3 dollars from Goodwill this camera is terrific even if it is a little sketchy but you can’t beat that price! I will be keeping this camera as a backup or carry while hiking kind of camera! Id say if you can find one for under 8 dollars go for it! its a great cheap alternatives to the higher rated point and shoots and isn’t that bad of quality!

Thank you everyone for reading! your views is what keeps me wanting to buy more and do way more reviews!

Ricoh FF-90 Review up soon

Ricoh FF-90 Review up soon

Hello everyone, I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who visits, follows and comments on this website you drive me to go out and get more review material everyday. Which makes me ponder upon the thought of which is the best way to find cheap good cameras to start off a website, with my very limited budget at the moment and limit of brick and mortar stores selling old film cameras it can be hard to get review material. I have gone through goodwills only finding one camera that seemed worth while, the Ricoh FF-90, it is supposed to be a good point and shoot rangefinder from the 80’s I shot a roll of cheap Kodak film to make sure everything works properly, I shot it on the river while I was tubing I put the camera in a little watertight container and from my knowledge no water got into the camera or anything. This camera for being a point and shoot was actually fun to me, I never have fun shooting point and shoots its just too easy to point, autofocus and take the picture not much fun in that! however being on a river and that was the only accessible camera I could bring I thought it would be great for the review! So monday is when I will be able to pick up my film and I will try to have the review up by wednesday 🙂