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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Thanks Bob. I like my 50's Kardan. Very well made and work well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    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

    Quote Originally Posted by mihag View Post
    May I ask what's the benefit compared to the standard rigid rail?
    the telescopic rail is shorter and makes the camera easier to transport. I would love to get rid of my lightware case for the kardan, as it is huge.

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Moe View Post
    Thanks Bob. I like my 50's Kardan. Very well made and work well.
    Kardan in German describes following: A drive shaft, driveshaft, driving shaft, propeller shaft (prop shaft), or Cardan shaft is a mechanical component for transmitting torque and rotation, usually used to connect other components of a drive train that cannot be connected directly because of distance or the need to allow for relative movement between them.

    When the Linhof Kardan was invented, the word Kardan was standing for innovation, BMW at about the same time got rid of the chain drive for their motorcycles and was pushing the envelope with a Kardan drive.

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    Re: Linhof Kardan question

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Yes
    Perfect, thank you

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