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    Linhof Kardan question

    Hello,

    maybe anybody knows this for sure, are Linhof Kardan E or RE banks are interchangeable with the telescopic rail of the Kardan GT.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    no Kardanistas out there?

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Yes they are.

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    They are many Linhof variant of the Kardan name. Stating format size and posting pictures helps.

    I specialize in 50's 2x3, 5x7 and 8x10 Kardan. Not 4x5 or anything newer.

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    They are many Linhof variant of the Kardan name. Stating format size and posting pictures helps.

    I specialize in 50's 2x3, 5x7 and 8x10 Kardan. Not 4x5 or anything newer.
    The Re is the current basic Linhof 45 monorail camera. It replaced the E. The GT is the basic Linhof monorail with a telescoping monorail. The E and Re have a fixed length 18" rail.

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Sorry if there was a misunderstanding. I have a pretty recent 4x5 Kardan E which has the same rail as the current RE. I would like to exchange this rail with a telescopic rail from a recent GT. Possible?

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Quote Originally Posted by HeinrichVoelkel View Post
    Sorry if there was a misunderstanding. I have a pretty recent 4x5 Kardan E which has the same rail as the current RE. I would like to exchange this rail with a telescopic rail from a recent GT. Possible?
    Yes

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    A follow up question for Bob.

    How many completely different Linhof were named Kardan?

    And what does Kardan mean?

    Perhaps it has a special meaning?

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    A follow up question for Bob.

    How many completely different Linhof were named Kardan?

    And what does Kardan mean?

    Perhaps it has a special meaning?
    The first Kardan had a unique knuckle like tilt/swing mechanism which made the camera yaw free as both tilt and swing were performed at the same point. However, this mechanism turned out to be too expensive to manufacture so, after this original Kardan was made as a prototype Linhof decided not to use it in their production version. But they did keep the name which they said meant a knuckle like device.
    There are far too many Kardan branded cameras to remember all, but from memory some were: Kardan, Kardan Color, Kardan Super Color (original round rail model), Kardan B, Kardan 45S, Kardan Super Color JBL, Kardan Standard, Kardan E, Kardan GT, Kardan Master L, Kardan GTL, Kardan TL, TechniKardan, TechniKardan S, Kardan M, and a few others.

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    May I ask what's the benefit compared to the standard rigid rail?
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