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About Kenko KFM-1100

The KENKO KFM-1100 light meter, is an easy-to-use, accurate, full-featured hand-held light meter for reading both ambient and flash light. For most people the minimal, clearly marked buttons will make using the meter second nature in very little time.

The side of the meter only has 3 buttons, the largest is for taking measurements, the other two set on a rocker are UP/DOWN input buttons for changing F no., shutter speed or ASA/ISO. This simple, easy-to-use ergonomic design feels comfortable in your hand and its logical control layout will please photographers who want to concentrate on the subject, not their equipment.

Large, easy to read LCD_displays measurements in F no. format with large numbers in 1/10 stop increments and in more common 1/2 stop increments in a pointer scale across the top of the LCD display.

The meter is sensitive enough for ambient (existing) light to be measured for a shutter speed range from 30 minutes to 1/8000 of a second. In Cine mode it can be used to read frame-rates of 8 to 128 frames/sec.

For measuring flash, the meter has modes to either trigger the flash using a sync-cord or set to non-sync cord for manual flash triggering. The aperture range that can be displayed is from f/1.0 to f/128.

Useful in mixed flash/ambient lighting situations, the "Analyze" function can determine the ratio of ambient to flash light in a scene. This feature is very handy in scenes where a flash is being used to "open up" a shadowed area left byambient (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 has two memory "slots" to store previous 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.

Kenko KFM-1100 Specifications

Reception Methods
Incident-light readings
Type: Hand-held Exposure meter for incident and flash
Receptor Element
Incident- Spherical diffuser, 270 degree Rotating receptor head
Measuring Modes
AMBI: Ambient light
CORD: Flash w/sync cord
NON-CORD: Flash without sync cord
Measuring Range (ISO 100)
Ambient light: EV +/- 2.0 to 19.9,
Flash: Incident light reading +/- 0.1 stop
Flash for incident light: F No. 1.0 to 128 + 0.9 Stop
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
+/- 0.1 EV
Display Readout

Display Range: F Number: F No. 1.0 to 128 + 0.9 stops (0.1 stop incr.)
EV value: -17 to 40.8 (0.1 stop incr.)
ISO Range
ISO sensitivity: 3 to 8000
F-Stop Display Range

Analog Scale: F No. 1.0 to 90 (1/2 Stop)
Exposure Difference: -10 to +10 (0.1 stop)
Exposure value (EV) Range
-17 to 40.8 (0.1 stop incr.)
Shutter Speed - Ambient
30 minutes to 1/8000 sec.
Shutter Speed - Flash
1 to 1/1000 sec.
Cine Speeds
8 to 128 frames/sec
Flash analyzing function
Analyze Scale: Ratio between Flash and Ambient, 0 to 100% in 25% increments
2.25" (57mm) W x 6.2" (157mm) H x 1.0" (26mm) D
4.7 oz. (135g) w/o battery

One AA-Alkaline Dry-cell Battery
Battery Life: Approx. 50 hours continuous reading in AMBI mode
Kenko One-Year Limited Warranty

Kenko KFM-1100 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent ambient and flash meter


from Boulder, CO., Nesodden, NO.  -  Pro Photographer

The design was bought from the loss of Konica Minolta. THis meter is a duplicate of the IV-F in every way. The other reviewer is wrong, all the same accessory viewers and parts are available, but not cheaply, for certain. It can do accumulative reads, mixed light source reads, and has interdependent redundancy selective uses. Go for it with full confidence. Excellent instrument!

(3 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


only 1/3 meter works


from port charlotte fl.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

cannot use meter for reflected light or for spot. accessories,5 degree spot/40 degree disc not available from kenko/thk.

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