Last Updated on January 1, 2024 by Daniel Osakwe
Voigtlander VC Meter II Light Meter Review
- Great design
- Easy to use
- The battery compartment flaps open easily
- Has a low range limit
The VC Meter II is the most advanced light meter that we have ever reviewed here at Newlintech. Its feature list is impressive and the price tag is a bit high, but is it really worth it? In this review, we will tell you everything you need to know about VC Meter II.
Voigtlander VC Meter II light meter: Design and Usage
- Easy to use
- Great design
The Voigtlander VC Meter II is a very straightforward meter that is also quick and easy to use. The readout consists of two dials and three LEDs. The shutter speed dial on the right is clicked, while the aperture and film speed dials on the left are unclicked. The inner portion of the left dial is used to set the film speed, which, thankfully, is rather difficult to change once set.
There is a push button on the back that is used to operate the Voigtlander VC Meter II. The reading is refreshed continually if you press and hold. The reading is displayed for approximately 5–10 seconds after you press and release. While turning the dials, the readout will display continually.
By turning one of the dials once again in 30 seconds, the LEDs will likewise show the same reading. However, after 30 seconds the reading is lost and a fresh one must be taken.
Five white lines connect the dials. The most logical place to take a reading is in the center. However, a reading can be rapidly and simply taken from either side of any of the 5 lines when the green LED is lighted. If, for instance, f/2 and 1/60th on either side of the center line, it is also possible to read at a glance f1.4 and 125th, f1 and 250th, f2.8 and 30th, and f4 and 1/15th. This is quite helpful if you occasionally struggle to perform these calculations fast in your head.
The required aperture or shutter speed must first be adjusted, and then the opposite dial must be turned in the direction of the lit red LED to determine the proper exposure. Turn either dial counterclockwise until the green LED turns on if the right underexposure LED is lighted and is pointing to the left. Turn either dial clockwise until the green LED turns on if the left overexposure LED is lighted and is pointing to the right. There is really no simpler way to put it.
Voigtlander VC Meter II light meter: Performance
The Voigtlander VC Meter II measures a viewing angle of roughly 30 degrees. This roughly corresponds to the Leica 75mm frame lines, which, if you have them, can be used as a rough indication for where you want to meter from, and are quite useful.
When using these 75mm lines, I discover that the metering sensitivity varies by around a stop from the middle to the edge of the lines. Although I usually just point it generally in the appropriate way, occasionally it’s helpful to have a greater understanding of a meter’s behavior.
You might be wondering why I seem uncertain or perhaps a little pessimistic about this meter. I’m not! It has its quirks, and when I factor in my stupidity, it can fail me. However, it’s actually a quite smart little item. This small light meter is perfect for those times when you don’t need all the bells and whistles in life.
There are light meters with adjustable metering patterns, incident light meters, flashlight meters, and meters that work in light that is so dim you can hardly see to take pictures. However, none of them are as compact or as easy to mount to a camera, and very few of them are as mechanically simple to operate. The Voigtlander VC Meter II’s function is to serve as a basic light meter for basic cameras that don’t already have one. Simply put, it excels at doing that!