Make your phone a meter with Lumu

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Make your phone a meter with Lumu
Recently I was introduced to the Lumu light meter via instagram, and I thought that it looked pretty cool. But that is all I knew about it. I saw the development of the meter, and pictures of the meter, but I had not idea of what it was and how it worked. Well, now I do. And so will you.

The Lumu light meter was brought to my attention by one of the team, who just happened to have his bag featured recently. Marco told me that he had an idea for an external meter that works with your i-phone as the base for the meter. At first I thought it would just be another meter app (which doesn’t work), but this is different.

This is an actual meter that plugs into your phone through the headphone jack. You use an app to get the meter readings. This makes it far more accurate than using your phone as a meter. And far more portable than carrying around a bulk meter. This is truly a meter for the app generation. They have managed to change the meter from something bulky and old fashioned (to the layman) into what could be classed as a fashion accessory.

This thing is tiny enough to be worn around your neck, yet powerful enough to give you accurate readings wherever you may need them. It is not surprising when you see tha amount of work and development that has gone into these marvelous little pieces.

The thing I really like about this project is that it is put together buy a bunch of really passionate photographers who wanted to find a solution to a problem. With their dedication and talent they have put this amazing little piece of electronic magic together. It is small, compact and comes with that super sweet leather pouch. This is going to be a must have for anyone shooting without a meter (myself included).

Another thing is the price. This is a true meter and it is cheap. $99 gets you a meter through their Kickstarter (all of the early birds have gone). When they hit the shelves they will be about $150. This is inexpensive for something so advanced.

The guys are using Kickstarter to get the project off the ground. And they have already blown way past the expected target, which is fantastic news. But that doens’t mean they don’t still need support. Go and support their KickstarterĀ . The more support they get, the more projects they can work on so maybe we will see more interesting things coming from them.

This is a really great idea and I hope to get mine soon. Go to the kickstarter page, support them and read all about the meter and meet the team. It is a brilliant idea. I look forward to seeing what the guys can bring us in the future.


15 Responses to Make your phone a meter with Lumu

Antoine R.T. June 18, 2013 at 10:36 am

I was sold when I saw the Zorki in the first photo. I’ll definitely pick up one of these (I mean the meter thingy, I already have a Zorki) !

George June 18, 2013 at 2:08 pm

Without sounding pedantic, there is a typo under the photo of the two colour options that read “you use and app” not “an app”
Just thought I should point this out

Scott June 18, 2013 at 5:19 pm

What I don’t really understand with this thing is that it is more expensive than a Sekonic L308-S… A lightmeter that can also do flash readings.

I can understand the wish that many people have to simplify what they’re carrying around but this seems like a fragile, more expensive, and less able replacement for something that already works really well on a single AA battery.

Terry Sankey June 18, 2013 at 8:46 pm

My thoughts exactly – a VERY niche product to go with a lot of theother toys you can attach to an iphone

Tomas Tengler June 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Very interesting great idea (eve I already own Sekonic meter).
I hope there will be Android version also available.

Dgy Geezer June 19, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Not at that price- $50 max for a little widget thingy I shall soon lose/break. Anyone care to improvise a diffusion dome?- ping pong ball in half, coffee filter …

earl June 19, 2013 at 9:36 pm

I don’t really see the value on this especially with the high price attached to it.
There’s already a decent free incident light meter app for the IOS that IMO will cover the need of most film shooters.
I have a Sekonic L398 if I need to meter and best of all, it doesn’t need batteries


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