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Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter

B&H # KEAM1100 Mfr # K-KFM1100
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Product Highlights
  • For Ambient and Flash Light

The Kenko (THK Photo Products) KFM-1100 Autometer is a user-friendly and ergonomically designed light meter for reading both ambient and flash light. This simple and reliable meter is both comfortable in your hand and logically designed, with a minimum of confusing buttons.

The large LCD display reads out in "F" numbers in 10ths of stops and in 1/2 stop increments in a pointer scale across the top of the display. With a shutter speed range of 1/8000 second to 30 minutes, this meter is quite sensitive. In its cine mode, frame rates of 8-128 can be achieved.

As a flash meter, the KFM-1100 can be used with or without a sync cord, and has an aperture range of F/1.0 - f/128. As an added bonus, both flash and ambient lighting can be analyzed to determine the lighting ratio of any scene. This feature is very handy in scenes where a flash is being used to "open up" a shadowed area left by ambient (natural) light.

The meter's "Calculation" function can be used to average measurements that have been stored in memory, very useful in reflected light measurements, to capture highlight or shadow detail more accurately.

The KFM-1100 can store 2 measurements that can be recalled for reference or for averaging. Just press the "M" button after each reading to store it in memory. If the memory has two readings stored, it will delete the oldest reading to store the current information.

Simple and easy-to-use ambient/flash meter
Accurate and full featured
"Analyze" function for mixed lighting
Flash-ambient ratio calculations
Cord or cordless operation
Measuring System Incident - Spherical diffuser; Silicon photocell
Measuring Modes
  • Ambient - Ambient light
  • Cord - Flash with sync cord
  • Non-Cord Flash without sync cord
  • For 40° Reflected light: F No. 1.0 to 90 + 0.9 stop
  • For 5° Spot Viewfinder: F No. 1.0 to 90 + 0.9 stop
  • Receptor Head Rotating
    Aperture/Shutter Priority Aperture and Shutter
    Display Readout LCD type; F No. 1.0 to 128 + 0.9 stops (0.1 stop increments)
    ISO Range 3-8000
    f/Stop Display Range Ambient light: EV +/- 2.0 to 19.9
    Flash: Incident light reading +/- 0.1 stop
    Shutter Speed - Ambient 1/8000 - 30 minutes
    Shutter Speed - Flash 1 to 1/1000 second
    EV Range (ISO-100) -17 to 40.8 (0.1 stop increments)
    Cine Speeds 8-128 frames/sec
    Exposure Memory Store 2 measurements that can be recalled for reference or for averaging
    Shadow/Highlight Calculation -10 to +10 (0.1 stop); Analog scale: F No. 1.0 to 90 (1/2 stops)
    Brightness Difference 1.0 to 90 (1/2 stops)
    Flash to Ambient Ratio 0 to 100% in 25% increments
    Multiple Flash Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Exposure Calibration Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Power Source One "AA" battery (not included); Battery life: approx 50 hours in Ambient mode
    Dimensions 2.25 x 6.2 x 1.0" (57 x 157 x 26mm) (WHD)
    Weight 4.7 oz (135g) without battery
    Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter
  • Spherical Diffuser
  • Neck Strap
  • Case
  • One-Year Warranty
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    KenkoKFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter
     
    4.7

    (based on 35 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (25)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (26)
    • Accurate (22)
    • Compact (16)
    • Consistent (15)
    • Strong construction (12)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Photography (23)
      • Portraits (23)
      • Artwork (7)
      • Film (7)
      • Photojournalism (5)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (14)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (8), Photo enthusiast (3)

      Reviewed by 35 customers

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      4.0

      How much light have you got?

      By Bearbytes

      from Calgary Alberta

      Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

      My first light meter so not really sure if it could do the things i need done. It does ambient light, it does flash with a sync cord and most important to me it does flash without a cord.
      Easy to use. Set ISO, set aperture, trigger a test, reset light, trigger again. Start shooting for real.
      So much faster than guess and check, guess and check, guess and check.
      I can't compare features to other meters I don't have but this has the features I need.
      I would recommend this product.

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      5.0

      Nice

      By Pat

      from Nj

      Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

      It work good

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      5.0

      Good value for the money.

      By Jam Master JT

      from Newport Beach, CA

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

        Perfect readings for flash metering both in the studio and outdoors. Pretty basic and does the job well.

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        • No

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        5.0

        It's great!

        By MM

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Consistent
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Rubber Grommet At Bottom

        Best Uses

        • Artwork
        • Film
        • Photography
        • Photojournalism
        • Portraits

        Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

        Great product! Love the accuracy. I'd buy another one, but wish they changed two things:a. I did some research on this, but not enough, and I hate reading manuals. If I can't figure it out with a couple buttons, I won't buy it. Apparently I can't figure out how to set it to a 50th of a second shutter speed. Or maybe that setting doesn't exist? 60th is the closest you can get.b. the rubber grommet that covers the brass connection on the bottom never stays in. You put it in the case, it pops out. You pull it out of the case, and the grommet pops out. It doesn't "need" to be there, but it's good for dust prevention, etc.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Meter

        By LC

        from Michigan

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Accurate
        • Compact
        • Consistent
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Photography
          • Portraits

          Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

          I really love this meter. I had a recent event shoot in a very dark venue, and it worked great for getting the settings on my camera correct, and the shots came out great!

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          • No

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          4.0

          KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter - For Ambient a

          By T_WILLY DELUXE

          from REXBURG, ID

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

            I read reviews about this item and felt like it was the right choice for me. So far I am loving it. Simple to use. The sync cord feels a little lose on the contact, but maybe that is a good thing. I have had the tight ones wear out and become useless. I am pleased with it's performance.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Perfect and quality from Japan

            By TRI TRUONG

            from california

            About Me Pro Photographer

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Accurate
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Film
              • Photography
              • Portraits

              Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

              This is a super cool meter. I use it every photoshot. There are some things that I dont like but with me it still better than the sekonic 358.

              Pros:
              Fast and accurate result.
              Light weight and good build.
              The button is simple and easy to use.
              Use AA battery, so dont worry about out of power.

              Cons:
              Only have Speed priority.
              Have to buy flat and reflection caps separate.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Much better than equivalent Sekonic

              By A Swiss M Photographer

              from Switzerland

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Accurate
              • Consistent
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography
                • Portraits

                Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                I first ordered the Sekonic L-308DC and found the made of the Sekonic really bad - the Buttons feel very, very cheap. This Kenko Meter is a little bit larger than the Sekonic, but not much.
                The Meter is the follow-up of the famous one made by Minolta. This meter is intended to be used in the left hand (right hand for the camera). Simple to use and intuitive. The quality is above acceptable (not Leica standard, but o.k.).
                The Kenko is made in Japan, the Sekonic in the Philippines. In my opinion by paying 40 USD more for this meter you get a lot more quality. A joy to use in the studio and outdoors. I gave 4 stars (-1) because I shoot quality equipment and I'm a bit disappointed, that construction wise many of the products today are not made as they used to be 20 years ago.

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                • No

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                5.0

                zdenko

                By zdenko

                from bosnia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Photography

                  Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                  Very good Lightmeter

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Simple, Fast and accurate!

                  By Kroy91711

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Accurate
                  • Consistent

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                      I had a Minolta Flashmeter that I loved but lost. While shopping for a new one I discovered this clone for less $$. Totally impressed! Spend the extra cash to get the spot attachment. Have your model hold a gray card, look through the spot and fire the strobe with the meter. Works quick and accurate. I'm an Art Center College of Design, Pasadena grad. Tried tons of meters, this one is the best. Easy, accurate, and reasonable $$!

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Easy to use

                      By ODF

                      from Binghamton, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Compact
                      • Easy to use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • No wireless trigger

                      Best Uses

                      • Film
                      • Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                      This is my first light meter, I found it easy to use Right out of the box. I purchased a light meter because I needed to get accurate exposure on the first try, Very fast. I like that it also measures available light. I give it a four star for its ease of use. Would have given it a five stars if it had a way to trigger the Strobes without using my wireless trigger.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Better than expected.

                      By The kiwee

                      from Cancun Mexico.

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Accurate
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rotating head

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork
                        • Photography
                        • Studio Photography

                        Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                        Very good Lightmeter, the kit in the box completes what a basic lightmeter should have to cover your needs. And the possibility of further measurements with other accsesories maktes it even better.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Good meter, easy to use

                        By Oneputt

                        from Plano TX

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Accurate
                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Artwork
                          • Photography
                          • Portraits

                          Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                          Use it indoor and outdoor, simple to operate with accurate result.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Easy to Use

                          By Mataserda

                          from California

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Accurate
                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                            This light meter does what it says it does, measuring both ambient and flash light. It is easy to use.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter

                            By Redman

                            from North Dakota

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Lightweight
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                                Very Good Design and High Quality and more important of all is Made in Japan.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Eliminate the guesswork.

                                By boxrsnsox

                                from Missouri

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Accurate
                                • Compact
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Photography
                                  • Portraits

                                  Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                                  Measurements are spot on. No more guessing and fumbling while trying to get the right settings for exposures. Should have bought one of these a long time ago.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very accurate

                                  By Maz

                                  from qld,Australia

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Accurate
                                  • Compact
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits

                                    Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                                    Best for the price,very accurate,awesome

                                    • Was this a gift?:
                                    • No

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                                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    A very nice flash meter!!!

                                    By Cholula

                                    from Mexico

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Macro Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                                      I have used a Minolta V meter for years and the Kenko KFM-1100 is very similar in design. However it's build quality doesn't feel as strong as the Minolta. In use it functions perfectly giving very accurate readings for ambient as well as flash lighting. Just try not to drop it ... you really shouldn't be dropping light meters anyway!!! It's a very easy meter to use and excellent as a teaching tool.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      I like this device

                                      By Oleg Z

                                      from Winnipeg, MB

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Accurate
                                      • Consistent
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Photography
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                                        I like this devise. It's very accurate and easy to use. No doubts - it's right hand for photographer

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                                        5.0

                                        So good I bought another as a back-up

                                        By OldPro

                                        from Las Vegas, San Francisco, NYC

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Accurate
                                        • Compact
                                        • Consistent
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Strong Construction

                                        Cons

                                        • none

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artwork
                                        • Film
                                        • Photography
                                        • Photojournalism
                                        • Portraits

                                        Comments about Kenko KFM-1100 Auto Digi Meter:

                                        I have used a Minolta Flash Meter since 1981. Kenko bought out the Minolta line and renamed it, but it is still the Minolta Flash IV inside and out. My Flash III lasted 25 years and was dead on accurate. Just like the Flash III, this Kenko meter It is also dead on accurate - if you put one next to another they both read the same down to the tenth of a stop.

                                        It's a no frill's. durable, dependable meter that promises to go the distance.

                                        Buy this meter if you don't want or need extra fluff. It's a no brainer

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                                        Required item: Batteries are not included, and are required to power your meter.

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