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    Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    Holy mashed together camera Batman......what is this camera?
    Mystery camera of a friend of mine. No belows-just kind of mashed together with the inside all taped up with gaffers tape. Gearing is all stripped. Sorry for the crappy iPhone pictures.
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    at age 67
    "The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......

    more.
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    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    I'm fairly certain, at least 50% is a Gundlach Korona View camera. At some point the bellows probably got trashed and someone had the brilliant idea of detaching the extension rail and wedging it between the front and rear frames. For good measure, they hacked on a DIY back of some sort. Looks like a pinhole on the front, so no focusing needed, but that's some hack job, alright.

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    Quote Originally Posted by barrys View Post
    i'm fairly certain, at least 50% is a gundlach korona view camera. At some point the bellows probably got trashed and someone had the brilliant idea of detaching the extension rail and wedging it between the front and rear frames. For good measure, they hacked on a diy back of some sort. Looks like a pinhole on the front, so no focusing needed, but that's some hack job, alright.
    bingo!

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    Thats a pinhole in a crude but manufactured shutter on the front. Anyone seen one like it?
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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    I have a shutter that looks a lot like it around here somewhere. If it's the same as mine there's nothing crude about it - the two knobs unscrew and there are a variety of different pinholes and zone plates that can be inserted. The shutter basically just slides a plate out of the way.

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    Kirk, that's a Apo II shutter by Bill Christiansen. Here's a link to an interview. http://www.withoutlenses.com/article...ole-is-pinhole

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Andrada View Post
    I have a shutter that looks a lot like it around here somewhere. If it's the same as mine there's nothing crude about it - the two knobs unscrew and there are a variety of different pinholes and zone plates that can be inserted. The shutter basically just slides a plate out of the way.
    Crude meaning no shutter speeds-just B
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    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    Right - you're supposed to just use the lock on the shutter cable. There's no clockwork inside, just a sliding plate and a spring.

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    Re: Mystery Frankenstein Camera......help my friend!

    When that happened to 2 dogs in our front yard my mother would turn the hose on them.
    He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep..to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot, 1949

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