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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Here is a link that might be of interest here.
    Jerome
    http://www.cameraquest.com/techs.htm

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    This CameraQuest article doesn't go back early enough for my needs. I'll look up the serial number tonight and post a question about it here tomorrow.

    I have what I believe to be a pre-Great Patriotic War Linhof 5x7 (with 4x5 back too). It will be interesting to see if Bob can scare up the answer to what year this ancient camera was made.

    Quote Originally Posted by photographs42 View Post
    Here is a link that might be of interest here.
    Jerome
    http://www.cameraquest.com/techs.htm

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    I also have a couple that aren’t in the Cameraquest list. The older one is a pre-model III that uses an all metal single sided film holder of which I have three or four. The other is a 5x7 modal III I think. I’ll check the SN’s tonight.
    Jerome

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Bob, another one not in the Cameraquest list, please. Looks like a III with a serial of 566x.

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Chauncey Walden View Post
    Bob, another one not in the Cameraquest list, please. Looks like a III with a serial of 566x.
    1947 to 49.

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    OK Bob, here's my line-up.

    4x5 SN 72950
    5x7 SN 25276
    5x7 SN 21667 This is the one with the single sided metal film holders.

    Thanks,
    Jerome

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Much thanks to Bob for answering my questions. FWIW, I also sent/received a quick response from: info@linhof.de
    Thanks again
    Forrest

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by photographs42 View Post
    OK Bob, here's my line-up.

    4x5 SN 72950 Super Technika IV 1858 or so
    5x7 SN 25276 Technika III 1954
    5x7 SN 21667 This is the one with the single sided metal film holders. Our records are from 1946 onward. That number is not listed fo 57. If it was 45 it would have been a Super Technika V from 1972.

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Thanks Bob.
    The older (21667) is definitely a 5x7 or maybe a 13x18. It has a leather strap handle on both sides, no rangefinder, a rotating back which is very close but not the same size as the Tech III, and uses all metal single sided film holders that weigh about as much as a small armored vehicle. The body is thinner front to back and lighter by far than the Tech III. I bought it with the idea of adapting a newer back to accept modern film holders and using it for backpacking. That looks to be possible but would require some machine work to make it fit. Some day I’ll pursue that, maybe.

    Thanks again,
    Jerome

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    I checked my Linhof 5x7. It has no serial number.

    It is a fold up camera in the style of the later Technika series. The metal shell is somewhat thin, similar to a photo I saw of a "Medizin". No rear movements of any kind, except the Linhof traditional ground glass orientation swivel between horizontal and vertical. The only front movements are vertical rise and side to side shift.

    There is a plate on the front focusing rail that says "Linhof-Camera-Werk" and on the next line it says "Munchen". There is another plate on the side (in white) that indicates a scale for "F=195mm". The camera has three tripod holes, one on the main box portion of the camera, and two on the front lid that folds out.

    What is it? Any clues?

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