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Thread: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

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    A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    Here is a Continental Studio Camera perched on a Century Stand. The many line illustrations I have seen in brochures from the early 20th century don't really do justice to the joinery and gleaming nickel parts.

    This one is a "Globus" by Herbst & Firl - the smallest version for 18x24cm/24x30cm. The metal fittings give a somewhat steam locomotive appearance from the side but I think it has a lot of charm. Same movements as a Century, with additional racking of front standard on the track and the rather smart rise and fall. Extends to over 1 meter.

    Restoration is restricted to replacing a single lost brass screw.
    This is, of course, the camera which I was not supposed to buy!
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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
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    Restoration is restricted to replacing a single lost brass screw.
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    Why? How about cleaning the nice nickel parts?
    GPS

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    Looks great, I've never seen one of those, and I love the fancifully decorative hardware. I've always wanted to build a camera with some art-nouveau inspired metalwork. (Which this is not, but made with more attention to being pretty than we usually see.)
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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    A beauty.. I just wonder where do you folks come across such deals..
    Website of sorts, as well as ipernity thing.

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    The story is not too long!
    This was offered in the local (Danish) Craigslist type auction. Fixed price type with little admin/control like E**y. The camera owner, believe or not, had been a course with our own "Gandolfi" (Emil) as mentor about 10 years ago. He still had his interest in photography (well done Emil) but had decided that Mamiya TLR was his best useable tool with a young family. He had bought "The Globus" some type ago in similar listing.
    Now Gandolfi was on his way to Prague (co-incidence again?) when this turned up and he is still there until to-morrow. Perhaps he wouldn't have interested, though? I paid enough to gain a disapproving look from my wife - there being a current veto in operation about items that are visable.
    Like most purchases of this kind, there was a bonus in a plastic bag containing the two cells from a Dallmeyer 3B which will turned into a useable objective within a week (another thread).

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    nice!

    I especially like the "blinking eye" shutter

    Tim

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    This is my second "Grundner" shutter - the next largest one made - at 14cm. A genius design with no vibration and a single light clap sound.

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    This is, of course, the camera which I was not supposed to buy!
    We never are, Steven, we never are.

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    What a great looking camera and I've never seen one in my 6 decades of experience.

    Lynn

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    Re: A Studio Camera which isn't a Century, Deardorff or an Ansco!

    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Tribe View Post
    The story is not too long!
    This was offered in the local (Danish) Craigslist type auction. Fixed price type with little admin/control like E**y. The camera owner, believe or not, had been a course with our own "Gandolfi" (Emil) as mentor about 10 years ago. He still had his interest in photography (well done Emil) but had decided that Mamiya TLR was his best useable tool with a young family. He had bought "The Globus" some type ago in similar listing.
    Now Gandolfi was on his way to Prague (co-incidence again?) when this turned up and he is still there until to-morrow. Perhaps he wouldn't have interested, though? I paid enough to gain a disapproving look from my wife - there being a current veto in operation about items that are visable.
    Like most purchases of this kind, there was a bonus in a plastic bag containing the two cells from a Dallmeyer 3B which will turned into a useable objective within a week (another thread).
    oh crap - I knew I shouldn't have taken the trip to Prague.....

    BTW: I thought Ernemann made the Globus camera... (?)

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