Exposure Meter

Production date
1938-1947
Country
England
State/Province
Manchester
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Description
Square, black plastic selenium light meter in fitted leather case, with windows in the button clip fastened case for the meter reading and button. The dial reads shutter speeds for an aperture of f8 and 23° Schneider film. Red button on front face, faux-Moroccan leather grain pattern pressed into the plastic.
Classification
CH classification PHOTOGRAPHY Camera Accessories light meter
Production place
Measurements
L56 x W58 x H41 mm
Media/Materials description
Leather, plastic
Signature/Marks
MV
MADE IN ENGLAND
History and use
Metropolitan Vickers or ‘Metrovick’ exposure meters were manufactured in England the 1930s and 1940s. They were used to measure light levels before taking a photograph, so shutter speed and camera placement could be adjusted accordingly.

Metropolitan Vickers were better known for heavier products like aircraft and guns. This small exposure meter in its protective leather case was used by early freelance news photographer Fred Port, most likely for his World War II photographs.

Queensland Museum owns a large collection of Port’s camera equipment and resulting photographs. These items tell the story of early 20th century professional photography in Queensland, including aviation and war photography conducted here and overseas.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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H1095

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