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We study the “color weight” for a number of rather different paradigms. In well researched heterochromatic photometry methods we find that the “weights” determined by settings of naive observers are closely determined by the CIE luminance functional. This is very different for tasks that involve mid- and high-level aspects of perception. In several cases we find equipollence for the display red, green and blue channels. Moreover, in such cases the very nonlinear maximum-rule fits the data rather better than a linear functional. These findings are of interest when photometry needs to be applied for stimuli that are different from the high temporal and low spatial frequency gratings typical for flicker photometry. These results are relevant for science, ergonomics and art.