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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

T.O.P. Endorses: VOIGTLAENDER VC METER II

The Voigtländer VC Meter II, available from Cameraquest and elsewhere, is a highly useful little accessory for anyone who likes to shoot with older cameras. I've used the predecessor version on everything from Spotmatics to an old Zeiss Contessa, and the newer version is better in a number of ways: it's smaller, has a center indicator, offers alternative mounting positions, and has a slide-off battery cover. This VC meter is dead simple to use, and has one real advantage over in-camera meters (even the ones that work): they give you consistent metering from one camera to another. Besides working with unmetered rangefinders of most every sort (I'd venture to say these have rescued many a retired M3), the Voigtländer VC Meter II can resuscitate cameras that use the outlawed Mercury cells, cameras whose meters have non-linear errors, and those with age-related balkiness like sticky needles. And it can even be used as a plain handheld, with a neckstrap (although it's really most convenient on a hot shoe).

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON

8 Comments:

Blogger Max said...

Mmmm, looks exactly like what I was looking for to attach on top of my Fujica GL690.

11:09 AM  
Blogger sbug said...

Good to hear you like this meter Mike. I am on the fence with this or a Gossen Digisix. The Digisix is slightly less expensive and can do incident readings but the VCII would be really convenient on the top of my camera. Why did you choose the Voigtlander over a handheld?
-Scott

12:06 PM  
Blogger David A. Goldfarb said...

You can mount a Digisix or Digiflash on a camera as well, though it's not likely to be as compact as the VC meter. They make a shoe mount for it, and I think there's a Bogen 1/4"-20->shoe mount that works (and probably others like Hama, etc.).

12:41 PM  
Blogger sbug said...

Yes, there is a shoe mount for the Digisix/Digiflash but the meter is large and is likely to poke you in the forehead when mounted on most cameras. :(
I'm trying to compare them from an operational perspective. Versatility -vs- convenience.
-Scott

3:31 PM  
Blogger jhtham said...

I was thinking of getting one too to be able to shoot without bringing up a rangefinder to one's eye to check exposure.
VC METER II + distance scale = inconspicuous shooting?

9:29 PM  
Blogger Max said...

I think the one that was designed for a similar use was the Gossen Pilot, which could be used handheld or with a mount still sold by gossen. That one is small enough, I think.

7:26 AM  
Blogger RG said...

Scott, the shoe mount for the digisix is located toward the rear of the meter. I have no problem with it, but I can imagine it could possibly poke a left-eye dominant shooter in the forehead. The digisix is a handy alternative to the VC meter.

6:01 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

Just to be clear, TOP endorses the Voigtlander VC II, not the Gossen alternatives.

--Mike

6:44 AM  

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