Meters & Batteries

I get asked about batteries and meters a lot. So here are a few tips, please feel free to contact me for any clarification as I do not accept returns because the buyer is unable to figure out how to get the right battery combination on a fully working camera:

All our Cameras are tested and where appropriate calibrated to work within approximately 1 stop of a handheld meter, routinely closer than that  but on occasion not. 

Rollei 35 Meters: The meters on these cameras have a fairly narrow width somewhere between spot and centre weighted. So they will not meter exactly like a handheld meter. It is not uncommon for them to be about a stop out from a handheld meter. This makes little or no difference to Colour Negative or Black and White film. For Colour Transparency I would always recommend a hand held meter for best results. The meters are useful rather than definitive but perfectly acceptable for everyday photography, all the cameras we sell have functioning meters. 

Nikon & Olympus Meters: The meters on Nikon Cameras are normally perfectly reliable for all types of film photography. They operate on a similar basis to centre weighted settings on a digital camera.


Rollei 35, T & S models: Originally intended to use 1.35v mercury batteries which are no longer made most have been calibrated to use 1.5v batteries. I use Energiser EPX625G Alkaline batteries which are good, reliable and last for a decent amount of time.


An option is to use Wein Cell 1.35v mercury free batteries. These are good but are expensive and have a shorter life. I do have a stock of these. Contact me if you would like to buy one. £7.50 each.

Adapters are available. They are expensive but do the job. Avoid the cheap ones available on eBay, they tend not to be reliable. I have a stock of good adapters that are excellent. They are £20 each. 

Rollei 35 TE/SE & LED models. The same issue on 1.35v batteries applies to these cameras. The difference is that they take a different battery from the other models - the PX27A. This is a 1.5v battery and in many instances work fine. These are available for sale from £15 each. However some cameras work better using a combination that uses a combination of 3 x LR44 or SR44 batteries and 1 x LR43 or SR43 battery. Many of the TE/SE models we sell use this type of set up. Alternatively where metering is more than a stop out there are adapters that deploy 4 x 386 batteries. These work fine but are expensive. I have a stock of high quality ones available for £22.50 per adapter (batteries not included) and are available from the store, under the accessory tab. 

Nikon cameras normally work well with standard batteries available from any wholesale/retail outlet. However the Olympus OM1 & OM2 were originally intended to be used with 1.35v mercury batteries so they may need a quick fix which is easily carried out by a qualified technician.