Kenko has announced two new light meters and a colour meter ? for UK debut in July ? which are being viewed as Minolta models under a different name.

?We will be importing the meters,? confirmed a spokeswoman for Kenko?s UK distributor Intro 2020 who spoke to AP this morning.

She told us that further details and UK prices will be released within the next 6-8 weeks.

Last year, Konica Minolta, owner of the Minolta brand, announced that it was pulling out of the photography market (see AP News 11 February 2006).

Reports on the internet suggest that Kenko, a Japanese firm, has obtained the rights to sell copies of certain old Minolta meters.

However, at the time of writing, a UK spokeswoman was not able to confirm to AP whether the Kenko meters are re-badged Minolta models.

The Kenko KFM-1100 and KFM-2100 are light meters, while the KCM-3100 model is a colour meter, according to a report published in US magazine, Popular Photography.

The article, by Aimee Baldridge, suggests that the KFM-1100 model can store data for two exposures while the 2100 will be able to store information from 10 exposures ? both averaging their stored exposures.

They will also be able to meter flash lighting, with or without a sync cord connection, says the report which adds that the KCM-3100 is a handheld digital colour meter that reads red, green and blue incident light between ?EV 3.0-16.3?.

For more information about the new Kenko meters visit

More pictures of the Minolta lookalikes from a recent trade show can be seen at:

? Meanwhile, a new flash meter for measuring reflected or incident light has been launched in the UK by Kenro (not to be confused with ?Kenko?). Priced around £60 the 92g model includes an auto power off function when not in use. For details call Kenro on 01793 615 836.

(Pictured is Minolta?s Colour Meter III F, which bears a striking resemblance to Kenko?s newly unveiled KCM-3100)