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    Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    The front standard of a Tachihara 4x5 has markings on it for measuring rise/fall position. In between 0 and 1 there is a "* L". What is this "* L"?Click image for larger version. 

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    The first time I set-up my Tachihara, the "L" puzzled me too – I thought it might stand for "Landscape." ;^)

    And once, a Ladybug landed on the front of my lens board, right near the mysterious letter...

    I've never been able to dismiss this association, no matter how many times people say "Linhof."

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    Quote Originally Posted by Heroique View Post
    The first time I set-up my Tachihara, the "L" puzzled me too – I thought it might stand for "Landscape." ;^)

    And once, a Ladybug landed on the front of my lens board, right near the mysterious letter...

    I've never been able to dismiss this association, no matter how many times people say "Linhof."
    "L" for ladybug. I like it!

    I always liked the Fiel Stand label.

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    I recently purchased one of these locally to sell on EBay and had the same question. So, that satisfies my curiosity as well.

    I'm pleasantly surprised by how well made these cameras are. Quite sturdy. As long as one has a suitable lenshood, they're capable of excellent photographs. (It's always easier to sell a good product.)

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    Quote Originally Posted by atstockland View Post
    What is this "* L"?Click image for larger version. 

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    How far is it from the 0 mark?

    I suspect it's the "zero" position for offset-bored Linhof lensboards.

    I believe the Linhof offset is 5mm, but don't quote me. Bob Salomon would know.

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh View Post
    How far is it from the 0 mark?

    I suspect it's the "zero" position for offset-bored Linhof lensboards.

    I believe the Linhof offset is 5mm, but don't quote me. Bob Salomon would know.

    - Leigh
    Hmmmm! I figured that you would say that the "L" stood for Leigh.

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    The Tachi I bought new in 1982 lacked the "L" on the scale. I can't say that the scale was of any use to me, but I liked that camera, and used it hard for ten years.

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    Re: Tachihara 4x5 front standard rise/fall markings

    I continued digging after posting this and was able to confirm that the Linhof boards are offset a bit and therefor they zero out at a non-standard location compared to other boards. So, the "L", is in fact, for Linhof. Thanks everyone!

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