This is my customized Linhof Master Technika. Some of the modifications are functional, some of them cosmetical.
The first thing you see is of course the red leather (from cameraleather.com) and the red bellows.
While the red leather on the housing is purely cosmetical the bellows (from a Chinese bellows maker on ebay who made a custom bellows to my specs) is a functional modification, despite the pretty red colour. It is a universal bellows which gives more flexibility for short lenses with a lot of movement.
The most complex (and probably irreversible) modification is that I have installed an inner rail focusing rack for short lenses (65mm and shorter), also from an ebay seller. You can now focus the short lenses with a little lever on the inner rail. I had to remove the rangefinder for this. This makes it more like a Technika 2000. A Master 3000 would be even better, but I cannot afford these (sigh). For rangefinder focusing I still a have a Technika IV cammed for 6 lenses.
And last, I have installed a spirit level on the accessory shoe and a foldable reflex viewer, both from ebay as well. I wear glasses and I always have trouble composing an image under the darkcloth. So I have switched to reflex viewers a while ago, which makes composing and focusing a lot easier for me, and I have tried a variety of these. The foldable viewer is faster and more compact for backpacking than the standard reflex viewer.
Now the only thing is missing is a nice Super Angulon 47mm XL to go with it so I can make full use of the modifications.
Thomas Greutmann, http://www.blackandwhitegallery.de
Finally got something with enough brawn to handle the 18" Cooke. Thanks Eddie! Now I need a stand!
My old Speed Graphic:
Ruling the roost among my other cameras.
LF items added since I took that photo:
LumoPro 160 Flash
Kodak Ektar 203mm f7.7 (370 mount version)
Rodenstock Grandagon 90mm - f6.8
My English MPP MicroPress press camera, similar in design to a top rangefinder Speed Graphic. 5"x4" with focal plane shutter speeded from 1/30 to 1/1000 second.
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