No batteries? It's a selenium cell. I found one also, although mine doesnt measure well, it's a great conversation piece.
What do you mean by this, it's a different film speed scale? I just got a Weston Master II myself recently on ebay ($11 w/shipping).
Originally Posted by Nick Zentena
Okay- but, be warned...
This garage/boot/thrift-store/junk-yard habit is one that is VERY hard to break.
I have boxes of cameras... Shur-Shot, Beacon, Anscoflex, Argoflex, Tower, Foldex, Ikonta, Clack, Click, Isoly, Seagull, Seneca, Ansco, Agfa, Ricohflex, Ciroflex, Duoflex, Spartus, Playlab, Zip, Squareshot, Tourist, Junior, Jiffy, Vest Pocket, Bullet, Hawkeye, Vigilant, Bantam, Autographic, & the like floating around...
This could happen to you!
John (Alpha Flying Monkey) Moore
There are technical differences between ASA/ISO and Weston speeds, in practice just set one number lower on the Weston (e.g. ISO 125 -> Weston 100).
Originally Posted by oriecat
If the needle on a Weston consistently falls back to the zero mark with the cell covered, this usually indicates the meter is is reasonable shape. One big thing to avoid with Westons - do not attack the zero adjusting screw with a screwdriver. Use your fingernail and understand that you only need to turn it a very small amount!
My best garage sale find happened when I wasn't even there. My darling wife goes garage sale snooping most Sundays with her girlfriend. More for fun than anything else. She returned one day and handed me a plastic bag and said "I saw this *thing* and it looked kind of cute, so I bought if for you"
Originally Posted by Jeremy Moore
Inside was a near-mint Agfa Solinette II, 35mm folder. Works perfectly and was my introduction to folders. ( I have a few now, all garage sale or flea market buys). The Agfa cost her 6 aussie dollars. about 4 USD.
And I really like the Canon QL17 GIII I picked up recently for $50 aus dollars.
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Weston Speed is approx 1/4 stop slower than ASA/ISO therefore 125 ASA/ISO is about 100 Weston Speed
Originally Posted by oriecat
It's been answered by others but yes. The first three models [I,II,III] use Weston. Weston used to test the film and publish a little booklet with the film speeds. Models IV on use ASA.
This little Weston was not my first great find... last fall, I went to an Estate Sale and bought a box of 10 packets of sepia toner for $1 US, and earlier, I went to a moving sale and bought 3 8x10 trays & a 4x5 film developing tank for $2 US. When the guy found out I had my own darkroom and shot B&W, he started hauling out his other photography equipment (he was moving to AZ & converting to digital ). He gave me 4 slave lights, a hand-held flash, a set of 3 macro lenses, a green filter for my 35mm, a couple filter cases, an audible beseler timer and two 11x14 trays. Now THAT was a bargain! I offered multiple times to pay him for the stuff, but he said he was just happy to give it to someone who could use it. Dang...gotta love digital.
Two bucks for a working Weston II? If I were a flamboyant person of alternate preference, you know what I'd call you.
Recognize that selenium cells (the self-powered thingy that measures the light) will degrade over time. That's why many Weston meters of that vintage no longer work well. Also, the measurement angle of Weston meters is kinda wide for precise work. But, for $2, it's a great find, and a wonderful piece of photographic memorabilia, as mentioned.
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Rio Rancho, NM
I suppose my biggest bargain was a Seal 210 Dry Mount Press. The school where I was formerly employed was about to throw it out; I got it for nothing except the effort required to lug it out to the car.