Kickstarter will most definitely be the bane of me, between potentially awesome boardgames and nifty gadgets like this, my disposable income has quickly been assimilated by this cruel, cruel site. For all avid film photographers, one of the big problems you run into ever so often is the lack of a lightmeter. When shooting on a more “vintage” camera which doesn’t have a lightmeter, you may of course use the Sunny 16 rule, however its always best to be spot on instead of guesstimating your exposure. Who likes getting your scans back with only 4 usable out of 36 shots?
Lumu is a really nifty device which plugs into the headphones jack of your iPhone and acts as a lightmeter with the help of a companion app. The crazy thing about the Lumu is that it can actually detect light from 0.15 to 250,000 LUX or EV -4 to EV +20! That’s pretty darn insane if you ask me. The good thing about the Lumu and other lightmeters in fact is that it measures incident light, before it hits your subject, instead of after it’s reflected in case of your camera meter.
Not only is it really functional, it’s also miles better than the existing software solutions out there for iOS. The build of the Lumu is really fitting for the iPhone, looking sexy in either black or silver with various colour options if you pay more. The Lumu project is seeking funding on Kickstarter and for USD99 this can be yours.. in the near future. If you shoot film and own an iPhone, this is a perfect addition for you.