The Newest Spot Meter to the Market May Well Be the Smallest but Is It Any Good? A Review of the Reveni Labs Spot Meter

For many photographers, using a hand held meter is considered next-level — particularly for film photographers. Often times though, they are a bit bulky and can get in the way. Is the Reveni Labs Spot Meter is the solution we've been waiting for?

In this video, Mat Marrash field tests the new meter from Reveni Labs for accuracy and ease of use. To do so, he takes it out to shoot some slide film which, as you may know if you've shot slide film before, has a narrow dynamic range and is quick to be overexposed. Beyond even that, Marrash tests it out while shooting printing paper which has an extremely low effective ASA and a dynamic range even more limited than slide film. I was surprised just how well the Reveni Labs spot meter worked. 

For years now I've been using a spot meter app on my phone which, while not being quite as accurate as a reliable and dedicated light meter, has served me quite well. Indeed, I've been wanting a good, dedicated spot meter but haven't wanted to invest the high price point and give up space in my bag that could otherwise carry a lens. While I don't know that I'm personally sold yet on this new spot meter, I am definitely interested in seeing how others like their copies. It certainly would be great to have one without adding a lot of weight or giving up space. 

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Madison is a mathematician turned statistician based out of Columbus, OH. He fell back in love with film years ago while living in Charleston, SC and hasn't looked back since. In early 2019 he started a website about film photography.

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Great little meter. I'll keep it on my list of things I might buy. Thanks for the video. Was nice to watch too.

Is there a way to adjust the dioptre, like the viewfinders on most cameras?

I don't believe there's a diopter, but you are able to use it with glasses --- "The meter does not need to be right up against your eye, so It's compatible with glasses"

Thanks. My problem with glasses is: I only need them to read. I cannot (do not want to) put them on and off while taking pictures. I need the dioptre of the viewfinder corrected of any other viewing device as well. And it is not just me. It concerns anyone getting older.

have it, love it