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  1. Shootar401

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    just out of curiosity, what was a common type of light meter used in the 60's? I'm thinking a Weston or Norwood.
     
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    In the U.K it was the Weston, I only sold my Weston Euro-master about six weeks ago after almost forty years service, I now have a modern digital multimeter that does everything except wake you with a cup of coffee in the morning, in fact if it could nag you, you could marry it :D
     
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    Gossen Sixtono/Pilot was pretty common in the 60s, as was the Sixtomat. The Sixtomat came out in the 50s, but was pretty common, from what I understand, around here into the 70s. So was the Sixtino. I have both and they are really nice meters, although not spot, they cover about 30 degrees.
     
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    It very much depended on where in the world the photographer was based as international availabilty was lesser, depended on import agents and the market share.
     
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    Yea before 1961 Gossen and Weston had 99% of UK market and it was large as some people went from tables and calculators for mono to meters for colour.

    Then import restrictions were lifted and allowed Ja imports and they flooded the markets.
     
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    Weston Master II or V.
     
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    Gossen Luna Pro came out in the 60s and was very popular
     
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    In the US back then the Weston was ubiquitous. A lot of people had them, too.
     
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    I still use a Weston Master II.
     
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    I still use as Weston Master III and a Gossen Luna Pro.
     
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    So when I get asked I flip out the low light baffle and say the immortal words

    'beam me up Scotti'
     
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    In the US, the high quality meters were Weston and GE. Norwood incident meters were used a lot by movie people. Gossens were around, both the selenium ones and the early LunaPro/LunaSix models.
     
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    The Master II came along right after WWII. Master III was introduced about 1955. Master IV, ~1965. The Master V was introduced in 1967. So if you want a Weston for the sixties, get a III, a IV, or maybe a V.
     
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    I still have an early Sekonic from that era.
     
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    I have a pair of Master IIIs and Invercones - one NIB and one I use quite a lot, unless I need very low light peroformance in which case I use a LunaSix.
     
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    Weston and GE were common in the 40's-70's here in the USA followed by Gossen.. Sekonic came in 3rd place..
     
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    The Weston master IV was around and in common use in the sixties, and in 1963 bthe weston V came out, these were very the meters to use, 99% of pros and any serious amateur would have one, I still have and use both a Weston master IV and V meter, prefering the IV, both are still working fine and are accurate compared to a modern Sekonic.
     
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    The best light meter is your eyes.
     
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    I still use a Leningrad 4. Nice solid little thing.
     
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    I used a Weston but as a schoolboy it cost me a lot of Saturday work to earn enough to buy it. Prior to that the exposure guide that came in the box with the film...

    RR
     
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    I have a fairly extensive collection of meters, but whenever an external meter is required it is invariably the Zeiss Ikophot - the white bakelite (?) one in the brown leather case. Although these were made in the early 1950's it is still dead on accurate, covers a full range of typical light situations with no baffle or booster cell, and best of all requires no batteries.
     
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    Many Weston II meters were still in use through the 60s and beyond. I still use them in preference to the Norwood and various GEs.
     
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    I used a Weston III for a long time. Great meter. Lots of tiny numbers on its dial.

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    These days, my favorite is a Zeiss Ikon Ikophot T. It's a CdS and uses a 9-volt battery, which lasts a L-O-N-G time. It can do both reflective and incident metering. It's very accurate.

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