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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    Adding to this very cool thread! Just got this Linhof (Perka/Silar/help identifying more specifically?) from my wife's grandfather's collection. I did some work on the lens shutter, which was a bit slow. Seems to be much more accurate, but I'm not expecting perfection. I'm new to large format, so this is a fun adventure for me!

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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945



    It is interesting to see your camera has the same front standard as the Technika that Shootar401 posted.

    Does it have the Linhof logo on the inside of the front panel?

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    I didn't see the Linhof logo on the inside, but haven't done too much investigating yet. Anywhere in particular I should be looking when I get home from my rehearsal tonight? Also looking for the serial number still...

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    Here's all I can see on the front panel inside.

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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    the old bellows were made of leather, not leatherete.

    i had an old linhof 4x5 and wanted information on how to care for the leather bellows but it seems no one there was willing to help other than telling me their bellows doesnt need any care they are made of leatherete but their old cameras had leather bellows. seemed as if i were talking to a machine. after repeating the same question a hundred time in every possable way i could phrase it and still getting the same answer, i gave up. customer service sux!

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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    the old bellows were made of leather, not leatherete.

    i had an old linhof 4x5 and wanted information on how to care for the leather bellows but it seems no one there was willing to help other than telling me their bellows doesnt need any care they are made of leatherete but their old cameras had leather bellows. seemed as if i were talking to a machine. after repeating the same question a hundred time in every possable way i could phrase it and still getting the same answer, i gave up. customer service sux!
    Who were you asking? Sales/marketing or service?

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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    i asked everyone at linhof. they bounced me around the world... including answers in german from their factory technical department, a so called specialist in germany.

    theyd keep telling me the same thing... "leatherette bellows doesnt need care... linhof stopped using leather many years ago."

    so id repeat my request... "my camera has leather and id like to know what the manufactrer recomends."

    i did that over n over and never got an answer.

    i literally sent over a hundred correspondences with them.

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    Re: Linhof cameras before 1945

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Ron View Post
    i asked everyone at linhof. they bounced me around the world... including answers in german from their factory technical department, a so called specialist in germany.

    theyd keep telling me the same thing... "leatherette bellows doesnt need care... linhof stopped using leather many years ago."

    so id repeat my request... "my camera has leather and id like to know what the manufactrer recomends."

    i did that over n over and never got an answer.

    i literally sent over a hundred correspondences with them.
    Did you ever ask the USA Linhof service center? The current one is Precision Camera in Niles, IL. The Linhof factory trained owner is Bob Watkins. He just might know.
    You are asking about cameras made over 72 years ago and there is no one at the current factory who has worked on cameras that old from Linhof nor were they ever trained to work on them nor has the factory, for over 60 years, made parts for those old cameras.

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