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    Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    The other day I got a cosmetically beat-up Tech V for next to nothing (nearly free). I enjoy restoring cameras, and I feel like this will be my main shooter.

    One of my favourite lenses is a 65mm f/4.5 Grandagon (flange focal distance of 70mm) though I've read that the Technika V can only take 65mm lenses on the close focusing device. As the camera stands, it ain't pretty, so I wouldn't feel bad about doing some drastic modifications to the body if needed. Ideally, I'd like to couple my 65mm to the RF (I have experience camming Technika 70 lenses, and I imagine the experience is much the same with a Tech V). I shoot at night a lot, and am in the process of building a FocuSpot out of a laser pointer, so coupling would be very beneficial.

    One other option I've explored is using this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Linhof-Tech...wAAOSwMmBV1uvG Does anyone have experience with these "new" aftermarket focusing rails? I shoot with angle-A LOT, so getting some use out of this isn't an issue, but are there easier ways to use a 65mm on this camera? This doesn't solve the issue of wanting rise with such a short focal length, for that I imagine I'd still have to cut a flap in the top of the camera?

    Some thoughts and suggestions would be much appreciated!
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    This appears to offer the function of the discontinued Master Technika 2000 which lets you focus 65 and wider lenses inside the camera housing by sliding the lever left to right. That would be done while looking through the ground glass with your hand almost in front of the lens.
    There are no cams for anything shorter then the 72mm lens. I was the Linhof Product Manager from 1980 to 2015 and during that time I never heard of anyone coupling a 65 to the camera!

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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Thanks Bob, perhaps I'll consider that eBay item then. I'd be interested to know what user experiences are like with that thing.

    By the way, what is the proper way to use a 75mm lens on the Tech V? I have a 75mm f/4.5 Nikkor (flange focal: 80mm) on a 11mm recessed board?
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    I messaged the person selling that item on eBay some time ago, and though it was difficult to converse (non-native speaker there), from what I gather the kit will make the RF inoperable. I didn't want to install/uninstall that thing anytime I wanted to use my Technika normally so I passed. If I was dedicated a body to non-RF imaging I would do it though. But that's called my Chamonix, not Linhof . Good luck!
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I messaged the person selling that item on eBay some time ago, and though it was difficult to converse (non-native speaker there), from what I gather the kit will make the RF inoperable. I didn't want to install/uninstall that thing anytime I wanted to use my Technika normally so I passed. If I was dedicated a body to non-RF imaging I would do it though. But that's called my Chamonix, not Linhof . Good luck!

    That could very well be a deal-breaker for me, so THANK YOU for that little piece of information! I have a 65 and a new 75 as well... I guess it might be time to sell that 65 Grandagon!
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bipin View Post
    That could very well be a deal-breaker for me, so THANK YOU for that little piece of information! I have a 65 and a new 75 as well... I guess it might be time to sell that 65 Grandagon!
    Why not investigate getting the 2000, the 3000 or one of the TK models and then you could go even wider, if desired!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Why not investigate getting the 2000, the 3000 or one of the TK models and then you could go even wider, if desired!
    Hah, I sincerely wish I could! Unfortunately, a student budget is not conducive to that, which is how I could afford the cosmetically beat-up Tech V. Some day though... The TK has always interested me.
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