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  1. #21

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    Jul 2013

    Re: Early Zone VI Field Camera

    I studied the bottom tripod plates of mine and HMG's(his version 2) and the place of the tripod holes is different in that the modified version has a hole dead center and a rear hole closer to the rear edge. 3 more screws as well. It does look a little beefier but I wonder in practicality how much difference it made. How much heavier is the 2nd version?

  2. #22

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    Mar 2002
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    Re: Early Zone VI Field Camera

    FWIW, my '82 Tachihara had a sliding back mechanism, unlike the fixed-back cameras that scm has shown. I'll bet that there were small variations throughout the production life of all these cameras.

  3. #23

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    Oct 2015

    Re: Early Zone VI Field Camera

    Thanks, SCM. I now know for sure, too, that mine is most definitely a first generation Zone VI; which makes perfect sense given when I bought the outfit. I remember working a second job, at the time, for about six months in order to afford the outfit. Never regretted it and I've made some of my best images with that camera.

  4. #24

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    Re: Early Zone VI Field Camera

    Thanks Doremus, Looks like I have "4. 1988- Zone VI “Made by Zone VI Studios Newfane Vermont, USA.”".

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  5. #25

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    Jun 2001

    Re: Early Zone VI Field Camera

    For more information, there is a write-up in the January/February 2003 edition of View Camera magazine on page 34, written by Richard T. Ritter and titled "The Zone VI Camera The Fred Picker Era."
    The article reveals that my camera, is one of the last Honduran Mahogany models, ("numbers began at 1,000 and went to about 4,500."). It has the bale assisted opener back and the gold plated hardware, and 22" bellows, large knobs with aggressive textured knurling. The name plate states: "Made by Zone VI Studios, Newfane, Vt". The serial number stamped on top of the top side of the tripod mount is #4,627, view-able on the top side of the camera base, (under the bellows). I purchased this used a couple of years ago in like new, perfect condition, literately no marks on it anywhere. I use it with appropriate care. It is indeed a well thought out designed and built camera that is a joy to use, tho it really attracts a crowd. I've added a borosilicate ground-glass w/ extra-fine grind and grid lines, made for me by Steve Hopf, which I like much better than the original GG/fresnal combo.

  6. #26
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    Oct 2006
    Houston Texas

    Re: Early Zone VI Field Camera

    Hwere is what I know about cameras offered by Zone VI over the years.

    Zone VI Camera History

    Notes from an article by Richard Ritter in View Camera Magazine, Jan-Feb 2003 issue. later article by Ron Wisner offers a different view of this history.

    Name plate:
    “Zone VI”
    Made by Tachihara, Japan ,
    Cherry wood, chrome plated fittings.
    Single focusing rail, 12” bellows extension

    Name plate:
    “Specially Made for Zone VI”
    Made by Wista
    Single focusing rail, 12” bellows
    Modified by changing to a more robust base plate.

    1986 (not in catalog till ’87)
    Name plate :
    “The Zone VI Classic, Made for Zone VI Studios, Newfane VT
    Made by Wisner Classic Mfg. Co., Marion Mass”.
    Mahogany and polished brass.
    Double focusing rail, Interchangable bellows
    <150 units produced by 1988
    S/N Range :100-250

    1988 : Ron Wisner no longer associated with Zone VI Studios

    Name Plate:
    “Zone VI, Made By Zone VI Studios, Newfane Vermont USA”
    They jobbed-out parts locally and assembled them at the Studio.
    +3000 units built
    Mahogany wood, Brass fittings. S/N Range: 1,000 - 4,500 (with gaps)

    Larger knobs, GG Loading Bail
    Walnut and Cherry models (limited run) S/N in 9,000 range

    Gold Plated Fittings
    1,800 units S/N range :3,000-4,000 .

    Calumet bought Zone VI Studios and marketed the same camera. Then changed to black anodized aluminum fittings. Called it the “Lightweight”
    Drew Bedo

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