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  1. Are there any differences in US and UK made Westons?
  2. What are Weston Speeds?
  3. I have Master Cine Model 720 in mint condition with books. Is it worth much.
  4. This isn't a question, but a piece of info. The Invercone was first advertised in 1948 (the same year they listed the trademark) for the Master II. It is a little different that the later ones in that there is a neutral density filter that you fit int
  5. I have a site with some history of the Weston company; I just added a link to your excellent meter pages, and would appreciate a reciprocal link to my site: http://weston.ftldesign.com Thanks! Bill
  6. I have the model 686, type 10A, Vacum Tube Testing Equipment. The range is in MircromHos, Serial 1651, attached to the piece are meters model # 269,301,476, and the patents are 1,746,935/1,854,901/1,920,906 instruments div. Daystrom, Inc. Can you tell me date invented, value, and any other history? Thank you!
  7. I have a Weston Exposure Meter for Motion Picture Cameras. Model 627, No. 4868. When was it made and how much might it be worth?
  8. I have a set of weston testing meters looks like ohm meters they work together. They are stored in seperate wooden boxes with slide away covers. they have metal plates attached with patents on them from 1888. Is there a value to these? Any antigue buyers or perhaps a weston musuem who would be interested in them?
  9. Hi I have just bought at a camera fair a Sangamo Weston meter I have not seen before. Can you give any info? It is black bakerlite and has Benjamin lightmeter on the dial as well as S.W. Did S.W. supply other manufacturers with meters? Thanks David
  10. Hello, Congratulations for your website ! I learned a lot about Weston meters and now I plan to write a special issue of the periodic journal of my club (Les Iconom├ęcanophiles du Limousin http://declic87.free.fr). I wish to know if you can allow me to use some of your texts to translate them in French for my club's journal? I don't need photos because I nearly own the whole line of Weston meters from models 703, 614, 756, 617, etc.. to Euro-Master. I only need to use some texts because information about history, especialy launch dates of UK models are very hard to find. Thanks in advance for all you will can do for me and my club. Best regards and Happy new year ! Pierre Dalger.
  11. Is the Weston site still being maintained as a lot of the links seem to lead to expired or missing pages? Regards Derek.
  12. Hi there: I have two Weston V meters; one is a model 748 s#HA751; the other is a model S461-5 s#GH492. What I'd like to know is what is the difference and when were they made? Cheers, Eli Griggs
  13. I have a weston A.C.ammeter model # 155 No 37385 and I would just like to know something about it thanks
  14. Is the web site still working I cannot seem to access it, it keeps timing out. Regards ... Jim.
  15. Your links to my page www.butkus.org/chinon has a few problems. I have changed my hosting company and many of your links are not working. I have moved the PDF files to different folders. So you need to find the new correct link. I use www.cameramanuals.org rather then an IP address. That way any move I make will follow the files as IP address would change.
  16. Can you please tell me the US Company name who produced the Weston Master III and IV? Thank you very much and regards.
  17. Do you know that Dennis K Connolly was the engineer at Sangemo Weston who designed the Weston Meters after the war? He was my step father and also wrote a fascinating book about an alternative view of the universe.
  18. I have recently purchased a Weston master 2 model 735 serial no. 198384 and was wondering it\'s worth, history and exactly how old this one is. My email is christopher_smith1234@yahoo.com please contact if you have information on this subject



  1. Are there any differences in US and UK made Westons?
    Yes - the Newark models appeared first and Enfield seemed to want to make small cosmetic changes for the UK market. Sometimes the dial markings are a little different. Other than that though, the meters are mechanically identical. Since the demise of the company, they are only made in the UK Euromaster onwards but see the rest of the site for more details.
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  2. What are Weston Speeds?
    Edward Weston despaired of the film manufacturers who in days of yore (until about 1963!) exagerated their film speeds for "commercial reasons". So, stickler as he was for accuracy, he invented his own. Weston eventually abandoned his system - which was 1/3 stop slower that ASA when the latter became sufficiently accurate. ASA is now ISO.
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  3. I have Master Cine Model 720 in mint condition with books. Is it worth much.
    I wish it was! The 720 is my personal favourite and I have a cine version. I think it cost me $15 on Ebay. It's a beautiful thing and I'm sure they will appreciate over the coming years, so I'd hold on to it and enjoy owning it.
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  4. This isn't a question, but a piece of info. The Invercone was first advertised in 1948 (the same year they listed the trademark) for the Master II. It is a little different that the later ones in that there is a neutral density filter that you fit int
    Category: History
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  5. I have a site with some history of the Weston company; I just added a link to your excellent meter pages, and would appreciate a reciprocal link to my site: http://weston.ftldesign.com Thanks! Bill
    Thanks for this Bill. I'll certainly do that. Anything else you have on Weston exposure meters would be appreciated.
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  6. I have the model 686, type 10A, Vacum Tube Testing Equipment. The range is in MircromHos, Serial 1651, attached to the piece are meters model # 269,301,476, and the patents are 1,746,935/1,854,901/1,920,906 instruments div. Daystrom, Inc. Can you tell me date invented, value, and any other history? Thank you!
    Unfortunately, we only have a knowledge of Weston exposure meters and not their electrical testing meters. I hope that someone else whi visits the site may be able to help.
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  7. I have a Weston Exposure Meter for Motion Picture Cameras. Model 627, No. 4868. When was it made and how much might it be worth?
    The Model 627 was made in 1933. It's always hard to put a price on this. Keep an eye on Ebay. I'd expect to pay say $40.
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  8. I have a set of weston testing meters looks like ohm meters they work together. They are stored in seperate wooden boxes with slide away covers. they have metal plates attached with patents on them from 1888. Is there a value to these? Any antigue buyers or perhaps a weston musuem who would be interested in them?
    Sorry, we only have Weston exposure meter info on this site - but perhaps someone else will read this and help you.
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  9. Hi I have just bought at a camera fair a Sangamo Weston meter I have not seen before. Can you give any info? It is black bakerlite and has Benjamin lightmeter on the dial as well as S.W. Did S.W. supply other manufacturers with meters? Thanks David
    This is a Weston E703 branded as a Benjamin. It's the first one I have come across.It's now on the site - thanks David for the Picture.
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  10. Hello, Congratulations for your website ! I learned a lot about Weston meters and now I plan to write a special issue of the periodic journal of my club (Les Iconom├ęcanophiles du Limousin http://declic87.free.fr). I wish to know if you can allow me to use some of your texts to translate them in French for my club's journal? I don't need photos because I nearly own the whole line of Weston meters from models 703, 614, 756, 617, etc.. to Euro-Master. I only need to use some texts because information about history, especialy launch dates of UK models are very hard to find. Thanks in advance for all you will can do for me and my club. Best regards and Happy new year ! Pierre Dalger.
    Fine - you are most welcome
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  11. Is the Weston site still being maintained as a lot of the links seem to lead to expired or missing pages? Regards Derek.
    Yes, it is being maintained, so I'm concerned about this. I'll run a link checker (XENU) on the site right now and fix the problems. Sorry about that.
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  12. Hi there: I have two Weston V meters; one is a model 748 s#HA751; the other is a model S461-5 s#GH492. What I'd like to know is what is the difference and when were they made? Cheers, Eli Griggs
    The 748 is a Weston V made from 1963 till about 1970. The S461-5 is a Euromaster made from 1970 till 1974 (1980 in the UK) Both are excellent meters and have a good resale value - take a look at ebay and you may find some. The Euromaster is simply a newer version If you look at the pictures on "All The Meters" on the website, you'll see that they are very similar. Around this time, Weston were going through all sorts of financial problems and the Euromaster was really an attempt to re-launch rather than anything very different - there was nothing lef to improve.
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  13. I have a weston A.C.ammeter model # 155 No 37385 and I would just like to know something about it thanks
    ?
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  14. Is the web site still working I cannot seem to access it, it keeps timing out. Regards ... Jim.
    tyy http://diaxa.nfshost.com/weston/ Should be OK
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  15. Your links to my page www.butkus.org/chinon has a few problems. I have changed my hosting company and many of your links are not working. I have moved the PDF files to different folders. So you need to find the new correct link. I use www.cameramanuals.org rather then an IP address. That way any move I make will follow the files as IP address would change.
    Hi Mike. I'm pretty sure I answered this some time ago and fixed the problem, but I'll re-check. Best wishes for Christmas. Martin.
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  16. Can you please tell me the US Company name who produced the Weston Master III and IV? Thank you very much and regards.
    Sangamo Weston of Newark NJ. Take a look under "The Company" on the site for some more history.
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  17. Do you know that Dennis K Connolly was the engineer at Sangemo Weston who designed the Weston Meters after the war? He was my step father and also wrote a fascinating book about an alternative view of the universe.
    Thank's for this. He was clearly a great designer and has left a very positive mark on the world.
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  18. I have recently purchased a Weston master 2 model 735 serial no. 198384 and was wondering it\'s worth, history and exactly how old this one is. My email is christopher_smith1234@yahoo.com please contact if you have information on this subject
    If you want to value your meter, look for the same model on Ebay in similar condition i.e. working or not - this is really important. If in doubt, ask the seller specifically and if they are evasive, assume it does not work. Lots of old meters don\'t react to light - the meter should move well across the scale if held close to a light bulb. Follow the bidding and see what it goes for. I would do this 3 or 4 times and get a feel for the price they achieved. There is no fixed value for a Weston - just what someone is prepared to pay. Your beautiful Weston may not be worth much in monetary terms, but it is a beautiful thing and keeping it is usually the best option! Sadly, a Weston II is not going to be worth very much.
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