TTArtisan Light Meter II product image on top of camera

NEWS: TTArtisan Shoe Mount Light Meter II Upgrade Released

TTArtisan presents an upgrade to their external on-camera light meter, the TTArtisan Light Meter II. While there are a few ornamental updates, most importantly, the manufacturer has upgraded the accuracy of exposure readings by improving the metering module.

A new convex lens configuration promises an improved light-gathering effect and a stepped light inlet reduces reflections. The metering module works on an average metering basis with a 45-degree angle of view, similar to the initial version. While the Mark I was often reported to be 1-2 stops out from other meters, TTArtisan has taken this feedback into account in improving the accuracy of the Mark II design.

TTArtisan Light Meter II
Image courtesy of TTArtisan

Constructed of the same 6061 aluminum, the changes on the instrument body consist of more shutter speed stops, a dimension reduction, and a swap made to a smaller battery. The Light Meter I had 12 shutter speed options while the upgraded version has 23. It has also dropped from the prior dimensions of 40x40x15 to now 40x35x16 and lost 1 gram in weight. The CR2032 battery has been downsized to the smaller CR1632 option.

TTArtisan Light Meter II spec chart
Image courtesy of TTArtisan

TTArtisan Light Meter II comparison chart
Image courtesy of TTArtisan

The new version adds clickability to the dials to prevent them from being moved often by accident. This is a welcome improvement as the first version had dials that were mentioned in reviews as being too loose. (Source: Kamerastore and Japan Camera Hunter).

If you are not familiar with the initial version of the meter, let’s go through some of the basic features that remain unchanged. The TTArtisan light meter design mirrors several other meters on the market but at a more affordable price point.

On the small boxy form, there are two visible dials, one for shutter speed and one for aperture. Within the aperture dial is the mechanism to change the ISO. After setting the desired ISO, you can adjust the shutter speed and aperture dials and the central readout will light up in response.

The readout works in a simple, minus-equal-plus, system where the dot in the middle lights up green when proper exposure has been read. “Minus” for one-stop underexposure and “Plus” for one-stop overexposure. It’s perhaps easier to visualize in a graphic so see the image below for how this system works visually. It’s very similar to various models of analogue cameras such as the Voigtländer Bessa L.

TTArtisan Light Meter II
Image courtesy of TTArtisan

There is a hot or cold shoe mount attached to the bottom of the meter by a set of screws. You can remove these if it doesn’t work best to have the meter mounted on top of the camera. Alternatively, if you’d like a different positioning on the cold shoe mount of the meter, there are three placement options for the screws.

TTArtisan Light Meter II
Image courtesy of TTArtisan

The battery still has to be changed by unscrewing the compartment for the CR1632. However, TTArtisan rates the battery life for up to 60 hours so this won’t have to be done often. To help save power, the meter has “standby” and “sleep” modes. After 10 seconds of inactivity, the meter will go into standby and after 60 seconds, it will sleep.

TTArtisan Light Meter II product image on top of camera
Image courtesy of TTArtisan

Cold shoe meters have been a popular item on this website and if you are interested in reading more, follow the link here to see Hamish’s comparison of various types. While he didn’t personally review the original TTArtisan Light Meter I, Frankie Bina did and you can read this review here. Frankie’s conclusion was positive for the TTArtisan version calling out the great value for price and build quality that was a “joy to use”.

TTArtisan Light Meter Review – The Cheapest of Its Kind – By Frankie Bina

Available in the usual black and silver options, you can find the TTArtisan Light Meter II on Pergear’s shop at this link here for GBP 50 or USD 62.

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3 thoughts on “NEWS: TTArtisan Shoe Mount Light Meter II Upgrade Released”

  1. I wonder if the electronics/lens in the Mark II were also used in the brass copy of the Mark I. I have not had the 1-2 stops incorrect measuring with my copy that was reported by many with the aluminum versions. I’m surprised to see that they didn’t reduce size that much, there’s a lot of empty space in the Mark I. The grips on the sides of the II are a simple, smart addition. Adding click stops to the aperture dial, I have to say is rather humorous. I used the Voigtlander VCII for over a decade which also had click stops on the shutter but not the aperture. This has been the standard with these “two dial” meters for some time but only came into criticism by newcomers to these type of meters in recent years. The aperture is not clicked to accommodate for non-standard aperture scales on older lenses. It was a way to get exposures between the numbers. I guess by adding half stop clicks, this will achieve the same result and appease those who wanted stops on both dials so it’s a good move but I don’t really understand what the problem was! Anyway, great to see TT staying in this game. Hopefully, they’ll release a brass version of the Mark II soon also.

  2. The initial model which they happily sold was off by 2 stops. So basically going by Sunny F16 was more accurate.
    Pass on the “improved” one, as this is what should have been initially sold.

    I have two of the OGs – the Voigtlander VC Meter II which has always worked perfectly and never disappointed. Highly recommended if you can find one.

  3. Arthur Gottschalk

    The picture shows the camera with a 28mm lens, but with the meter fitted there is no way to use a 28mm viewfinder. I guess that means that the camera is now limited to a 50mm lens.

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