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scm
3-Jul-2011, 12:44
1953

Thanks, Bob, I appreciate your reply.

Ninjaslim
4-Jul-2011, 05:16
Hi Bob
I wonder if you can help me identify a camera I've just bought
The serial number is 81737
thanks Tim

Bob Salomon
4-Jul-2011, 05:30
Hi Bob
I wonder if you can help me identify a camera I've just bought
The serial number is 81737
thanks Tim

1964 Super Technika V

Ninjaslim
4-Jul-2011, 06:17
wow that was quick
thanks
it was sold to me as a Super Technika IV and I was thinking I wanted a IV. Is this better? Should I be bothered? Are they compatible?

Bob Salomon
4-Jul-2011, 07:13
wow that was quick
thanks
it was sold to me as a Super Technika IV and I was thinking I wanted a IV. Is this better? Should I be bothered? Are they compatible?

The V is much better, all accessories for both are compatible with the latest Master Technika Classic and the 3000 and most V models can still get repair parts!

Ninjaslim
5-Jul-2011, 08:31
Thank you very much Bob
If it had been in better condition I would have kept it, but there was just too much broken, missing or damaged so I returned it to the camera shop that miss sold it. I'm now on the hunt again and will consider V now.
I'm looking at one that looks a possibility but the shop doesn't know what model it is!
So your help would be much appreciated. Serial Number - 43809
thanks again

Bob Salomon
5-Jul-2011, 08:42
Thank you very much Bob
If it had been in better condition I would have kept it, but there was just too much broken, missing or damaged so I returned it to the camera shop that miss sold it. I'm now on the hunt again and will consider V now.
I'm looking at one that looks a possibility but the shop doesn't know what model it is!
So your help would be much appreciated. Serial Number - 43809
thanks again

43809 is an ancient Technika III from 1952 or 53.

Ninjaslim
5-Jul-2011, 09:44
cheers

Ninjaslim
23-Jul-2011, 07:07
OK I'm on the path of a good looking IV outfit, would you be able to tell me something about this number 87783 B ? thanks

Bob Salomon
23-Jul-2011, 08:08
OK I'm on the path of a good looking IV outfit, would you be able to tell me something about this number 87783 B ? thanks

That is a Super Technika IV 2x3" camera from 1960/61.

jan staller
23-Jul-2011, 08:16
can you please check C543034

Bob Salomon
23-Jul-2011, 08:28
can you please check C543034

Should be a more recent Master. We don't track recent numbers.

jan staller
23-Jul-2011, 08:39
where can I find the serial # on my Technika 3000? I only have the guarantee stub.
I don't find it on the camera chassis.

Bob Salomon
23-Jul-2011, 09:10
where can I find the serial # on my Technika 3000? I only have the guarantee stub.
I don't find it on the camera chassis.

On the acessory shoe.

jan staller
23-Jul-2011, 09:33
Oh- of course- the linhof level is always in the shoe, so I forgot where the # was.

Ninjaslim
23-Jul-2011, 14:18
Thanks Bob

tadler
27-Jul-2011, 14:57
can i also barge in?
TK serial number: C231123
many thanks!

fushsiaoutfield
28-Jul-2011, 00:47
i have posting mine, thk http://godimage.co.cc/thumb/base/images/potter/34/a/reading.gif

mamanton
28-Jul-2011, 07:00
Hello! 682?097
I found original Linhof catalog about Kardan Master L, but also without year ((

Stan Snowball
28-Jul-2011, 10:52
Hi Bob, Master Technika 6451401. Also can you advise how to get an original operating manual for an MT? Seem to remember seeing in a (very) earlier post they can be obtained from HP Marketing at around 10 $US? I'm located in Belgium.
Best regards,
Stan.

Bob Salomon
28-Jul-2011, 12:19
can i also barge in?
TK serial number: C231123
many thanks!

Sorry, I don't track the newer cameras. If you have the original TK it was made from 1985 to 1992. The S was introduced in 92.

Bob Salomon
28-Jul-2011, 12:21
Hello! 682?097
I found original Linhof catalog about Kardan Master L, but also without year ((

1975, the missing number is a 1. The L was made from 1974 to 79.

Bob Salomon
28-Jul-2011, 12:23
Hi Bob, Master Technika 6451401. Also can you advise how to get an original operating manual for an MT? Seem to remember seeing in a (very) earlier post they can be obtained from HP Marketing at around 10 $US? I'm located in Belgium.
Best regards,
Stan.

1977 or early 78. You can download a manual from the Linhof web site. Click on the service tab.

Stan Snowball
28-Jul-2011, 12:53
1977 or early 78. You can download a manual from the Linhof web site. Click on the service tab.

Thanks for the quick reply Bob and I was able to download the manual.
Stan.

mamanton
29-Jul-2011, 12:36
1975, the missing number is a 1. The L was made from 1974 to 79.

Dear Bob, thank you!
And will you please tell a story about Linhof Kardan Master L and Sinar's patent for assymetrical adjustments... Kardan Master L was (and is) a great camera!

babak
1-Aug-2011, 13:38
Hi BOB

Looking for some information on my linhof, which I just purchased.
I think it is a Black linhof master classic, number on the passport is 6491154, 314368 engraved on the inside of the bed along with a number 7....I am not sure if this is one of the newer ones that you dont track, or not.

Thanks all the same.

Bob Salomon
2-Aug-2011, 05:56
Hi BOB

Looking for some information on my linhof, which I just purchased.
I think it is a Black linhof master classic, number on the passport is 6491154, 314368 engraved on the inside of the bed along with a number 7....I am not sure if this is one of the newer ones that you dont track, or not.

Thanks all the same.

6491154 made between Feb 1980 and Feb 1981.

Is the other number on the cam?

Bob Salomon
2-Aug-2011, 06:04
Hi BOB

Looking for some information on my linhof, which I just purchased.
I think it is a Black linhof master classic, number on the passport is 6491154, 314368 engraved on the inside of the bed along with a number 7....I am not sure if this is one of the newer ones that you dont track, or not.

Thanks all the same.


Dear Bob, thank you!
And will you please tell a story about Linhof Kardan Master L and Sinar's patent for assymetrical adjustments... Kardan Master L was (and is) a great camera!

Not much to tell. Sinar had a fixed assymetrical axis point and Linhof had a continuously variable assymetrical axis point. The court ruled that since one point on the continuously variable axis was the same as Sinar's fixed point the patent was infringed. Linhof did not contest the decision (made in a German court) and immediately discontinued the L and any L specific accessories (rail sections, auxilliary standard, etc.) and introduced the center axis, telescoping monorail TL camera. It was yaw free but did not have the variable axis movement.
Once the Sinar patent expired Linhof discontinued the TL and replaced it with the current GTL series which re-introduced the continuously variable assymetric axis movement and combined it with center tilts, telescoping rail and the AMS DOF computer on the rear standard. Of course the GTL and GT are all yaw free as that was never an issue with the law suit as the world's first yaw free camera was the prototype of the original Linhof Kardan.

babak
2-Aug-2011, 07:00
Thanks Bob
The other numbers are on the inside of the front lid (Used to open up the camera) on top of which the rolling tracks lie.
Difficult to explain but I hope you know what I mean...

Babak

Bob Salomon
2-Aug-2011, 08:27
Thanks Bob
The other numbers are on the inside of the front lid (Used to open up the camera) on top of which the rolling tracks lie.
Difficult to explain but I hope you know what I mean...

Babak

Sorry, have no idea what they are. Maybe Marflex does.

karl french
3-Aug-2011, 18:05
Just picked up Master Technika 2111944.

Nicely engraved 'Telecom Australia' at the rear of the top focusing track.

Thanks.

Bob Salomon
4-Aug-2011, 03:26
Just picked up Master Technika 2111944.

Nicely engraved 'Telecom Australia' at the rear of the top focusing track.

Thanks.

A Master Technika is black with a lift-up top flap. That serial number is for a Super Technika V from 1965.

There is no MT with a serial number in the 2xxxxxx series.

rknewcomb
4-Aug-2011, 05:17
Could you please tell me what model is a Technika with serial number 2111370 ?
thank you!

karl french
4-Aug-2011, 08:57
Hmmm. It's definitely a Master Technika. Perhaps the cold shoe was switched at some point.

rknewcomb
4-Aug-2011, 09:39
Maybe Bob will chime in with information about my 2111370 question.
thanks

karl french
4-Aug-2011, 11:05
I suspect we both have very early Master Technikas. This particular body has the curved spring arms for the back like a Tech IV or Tech V. And the early style notched swing and shift locks on the front standard.

rknewcomb
4-Aug-2011, 13:10
"Maybe Bob will chime in with information about my serial number 2111370 question.
thanks"

I'll wait for Bob as he will know for sure.

Bob Salomon
4-Aug-2011, 13:35
Could you please tell me what model is a Technika with serial number 2111370 ?
thank you!

1965 Super Technika V

Bob Salomon
4-Aug-2011, 13:56
I suspect we both have very early Master Technikas. This particular body has the curved spring arms for the back like a Tech IV or Tech V. And the early style notched swing and shift locks on the front standard.

That is no way to tell which model you have.

karl french
4-Aug-2011, 14:03
Ah, this is the one on Ebay with the front rise lever that has been replaced with a knob, ala Tech IV.

Bob Salomon
4-Aug-2011, 14:06
Ah, this is the one on Ebay with the front rise lever that has been replaced with a knob, ala Tech IV.

If it has the rise knob behind the front standard and uses the current lens boards then it is a IV. It would have a tan covering.

karl french
4-Aug-2011, 14:06
The serial number has it's limitations as well considering the cold shoe is removable and from what you've said the serial number is not marked anywhere else on the body.

Now I have two Master Technikas that don't agree with their serial numbers.

Bob Salomon
4-Aug-2011, 14:11
The serial number has it's limitations as well considering the cold shoe is removable and from what you've said the serial number is not marked anywhere else on the body.

Now I have two Master Technikas that don't agree with their serial numbers.

Then send us some images of them. Or contact Marflex. Send images to bob@hpmarketingcorp.com

Or see Jim at Bear Images in Palo Alto. He has several Master Technikas in stock.

karl french
4-Aug-2011, 14:24
Partial mystery solved. The serial number is actually stamped into the body under the cold shoe.

So, Master Technika #2 is actually serial number 6431495

Bob Salomon
4-Aug-2011, 15:03
Partial mystery solved. The serial number is actually stamped into the body under the cold shoe.

So, Master Technika #2 is actually serial number 6431495

Late 1975 camera

karl french
4-Aug-2011, 15:24
Thanks Bob.

mamanton
6-Aug-2011, 11:00
Not much to tell. Sinar had a fixed assymetrical axis point and Linhof had a continuously variable assymetrical axis point. The court ruled that since one point on the continuously variable axis was the same as Sinar's fixed point the patent was infringed. Linhof did not contest the decision (made in a German court) and immediately discontinued the L and any L specific accessories (rail sections, auxilliary standard, etc.) and introduced the center axis, telescoping monorail TL camera. It was yaw free but did not have the variable axis movement.
Once the Sinar patent expired Linhof discontinued the TL and replaced it with the current GTL series which re-introduced the continuously variable assymetric axis movement and combined it with center tilts, telescoping rail and the AMS DOF computer on the rear standard. Of course the GTL and GT are all yaw free as that was never an issue with the law suit as the world's first yaw free camera was the prototype of the original Linhof Kardan.

Cool! Now I understand ))
Thanks a lot!!!

Steve33
12-Aug-2011, 18:16
Hi,

I am looking to get an idea of when my master technika 2000 was made. Serial is C541313. Thanks in advance!
Steve

Bob Salomon
13-Aug-2011, 02:57
Hi,

I am looking to get an idea of when my master technika 2000 was made. Serial is C541313. Thanks in advance!
Steve

we don't track cameras that new.

theshininglad
24-Aug-2011, 04:38
Hello,

Anyone have any idea on when this Master Technika was produced? Serial number: 6425264

Many thanks!

Bob Salomon
24-Aug-2011, 04:48
Hello,

Anyone have any idea on when this Master Technika was produced? Serial number: 6425264

Many thanks!

After Jan. 1974 and before Dec. 1975. About the middle of that period.

theshininglad
25-Aug-2011, 08:30
Thanks very much Bob. I heard there was some Master Technika's in brown leather, very early models?

Thanks again.

Bob Salomon
25-Aug-2011, 09:19
Thanks very much Bob. I heard there was some Master Technika's in brown leather, very early models?

Thanks again.

No

stormowl
26-Aug-2011, 15:11
master technika #6415024

thanks!

Bob Salomon
26-Aug-2011, 15:32
master technika #6415024

thanks!

1978

edbrandt
1-Sep-2011, 10:22
Hi Bob.

I got this nice old Linhof Technika after my father, but I´m new to this and just can´t figure out what model it is.

Could you please tell me some more (model / year built / other) of Serial 140580?

Thanks in advance, and appreciate your service

Best regards Espen
/ Norway /

Bob Salomon
1-Sep-2011, 11:06
Hi Bob.

I got this nice old Linhof Technika after my father, but I´m new to this and just can´t figure out what model it is.

Could you please tell me some more (model / year built / other) of Serial 140580?

Thanks in advance, and appreciate your service

Best regards Espen
/ Norway /

Technika IV 5x7 1964

edbrandt
1-Sep-2011, 11:43
Thank you very much Bob.

You are an oracle:)

-Espen

Anders_HK
3-Sep-2011, 19:14
Scanning through this entire thread it seems largely limited to serials for Linhof cameras.

I have questions about ages of lenses;

1. Until what years did Linhof apply Linhof branding to Schneider, Rodenstock and Zeiss lenses, respectively?

2. If Linhof branded but serial of lens is per lens fabricator, then how to distinguish?

3. What years were the newest batches of following fabricated:

- Xenotar 150/2.8
- Xenotar 135/3.5
- Xenotar 100/2.8
- Xenotar 80/2.8

- Planar 135/3.5
- Planar 100/2.8

- Heligon 95/2.8

- Technikar 95/3.5

- Technikon

4. Any other signs than serials to distinguish newer lenses from older?

Much thanks!

Regards
Anders

Bob Salomon
4-Sep-2011, 02:12
Scanning through this entire thread it seems largely limited to serials for Linhof cameras.

I have questions about ages of lenses;

1. Until what years did Linhof apply Linhof branding to Schneider, Rodenstock and Zeiss lenses, respectively?

They still test and apply their name to the lenses that pass their test. Today that is limited to Rodestock and Schneider lenses. When they were made they also did that for Zeiss, Some Nikon and Voigtlander lenses.

2. If Linhof branded but serial of lens is per lens fabricator, then how to distinguish?

By the Linhof name on the lens.

3. What years were the newest batches of following fabricated:

- Xenotar 150/2.8
- Xenotar 135/3.5
- Xenotar 100/2.8
- Xenotar 80/2.8

- Planar 135/3.5
- Planar 100/2.8

- Heligon 95/2.8

- Technikar 95/3.5

- Technikon

4. Any other signs than serials to distinguish newer lenses from older?

Much thanks!

Regards
Anders

Anders_HK
4-Sep-2011, 05:41
Bob, Much thanks.

For lenses that are branded as Linhof, were they always supplied with a serial number from Linhof, or was the Schneider etc. serial numbers used/maintained on the lenses (or were there serials from both)?

Was it that for older lenses that Linhof replaced the rim around front glass and put ring over shutter with large LINHOF written on it, while for newer they simply imprinted in fine print on barrel Linhof?

Thank you!

Regards
Anders

Bob Salomon
4-Sep-2011, 06:56
[QUOTE=Anders_HK;772365]Bob, Much thanks.

"For lenses that are branded as Linhof, were they always supplied with a serial number from Linhof, or was the Schneider etc. serial numbers used/maintained on the lenses (or were there serials from both)?"

Only the lens manufacturer's serial numbers. There isn't enough room on most lenses to put the Linhof name or logo and another number on a lens. With some lenses today they have to put the Linhof name on the rear barrel as there isn't enough room on the front one.

"Was it that for older lenses that Linhof replaced the rim around front glass and put ring over shutter with large LINHOF written on it, while for newer they simply imprinted in fine print on barrel Linhof?"

They may have done both over time, I have only been with the Linhof distributor since the late 70s so I have not seen every variation. But what difference does it make? Some lenses in Compur shutter have Linhof on the front of the shutter. Some on the front or rear barrel and some on the shutter and the lens. Some may have the Linhof name in red, some in white and some in black. All they all mean is that it was inspected and selected by Linhof. Just like the same was done by Sinar.

khaki8
8-Sep-2011, 13:38
Hi Bob,
I just bought a Linhof Super Technika 6x9 serial number 81745B. It is in black. Is this unusual for a IV which is what I think it is. What year please.
Thanks for your help.

Robert

Bob Salomon
8-Sep-2011, 13:54
Hi Bob,
I just bought a Linhof Super Technika 6x9 serial number 81745B. It is in black. Is this unusual for a IV which is what I think it is. What year please.
Thanks for your help.

Robert

That is a very late 1956 or early 57 camera. My illustration of the camera shows black covering so another color would be rare.

khaki8
8-Sep-2011, 14:22
Bob,
Is it a III or a IV?

Thanks,
Robert

Bob Salomon
8-Sep-2011, 15:06
Bob,
Is it a III or a IV?

Thanks,
Robert

IV

Leigh
8-Sep-2011, 15:56
Hi Bob,

How about camera accessories?

I have two multi-focal viewfinders, tan crinkle paint, with serial numbers in the 32118xx range. Do you know when these were made?

Thanks.

- Leigh

Bob Salomon
8-Sep-2011, 16:30
Hi Bob,

How about camera accessories?

I have two multi-focal viewfinders, tan crinkle paint, with serial numbers in the 32118xx range. Do you know when these were made?

Thanks.

- Leigh

No but the current version has been current since the 70s so if yours does not have the two rings around the eyepiece, one for focal length (75 to 360mm) and one for distance you have a 40+ year old version. The current version is a zoom type so when you get to 360mm you have a very large image. On the ones that pulled apart at longer focal lengths the view is almost useless. The current one also adjusts for field size and parallax as you adjust the color coded distance scale.

Leigh
8-Sep-2011, 16:34
Hi Bob,

I suspect this is from the 1960's just based on the appearance. I think contemporary Linhof cameras had a similar paint, though I'm hardly an expert on them.

This is the version with the single knob at the rear for setting distance; actually just a parallax adjustment.

Thanks very much.

- Leigh

Bob Salomon
8-Sep-2011, 16:37
Hi Bob,

I suspect this is from the 1960's just based on the appearance. I think contemporary Linhof cameras had a similar paint, though I'm hardly an expert on them.

This is the version with the single knob at the rear for setting distance; actually just a parallax adjustment.

Thanks very much.

- Leigh

You are right, the knob adjusted the parallax. Focal length was adjusted by pulling the front and back apart or moving them closer as that was a cropping type finder.

you should be aware that the format masks for the current version does not fit the older ones.

ekdek
10-Sep-2011, 04:35
Hello Bob,
I have these serial number on my 13x18 Technika: 2411149
Could you know the date of fabrication?
Many Thanks for your kindness!

ekdek
10-Sep-2011, 06:57
I have a big doubt too,
Someone knows if it's possible to use 5x7 film sheets on a 13x18 film holders?
Thanks!

Bob Salomon
10-Sep-2011, 07:52
Hello Bob,
I have these serial number on my 13x18 Technika: 2411149
Could you know the date of fabrication?
Many Thanks for your kindness!

Super Technika V 5x7 from 1966.

ekdek
10-Sep-2011, 08:11
Perfect!
Thanks Very much again for your kindness and your time Bob!

Tim Stahl
11-Sep-2011, 08:34
Hi Bob,

Curious to know any info you may have on these:
Kardan Bi - 3611247
Technikardan - 9921109
Technika - 6491189

Thank you,
Tim

Bob Salomon
11-Sep-2011, 08:50
Hi Bob,

Curious to know any info you may have on these:
Kardan Bi - 3611247 Kardan B 1968 first series

Technikardan - 9921109 Too new

Technika - 6491189 Master Technika 1980/81

Thank you,
Tim

Tim Stahl
11-Sep-2011, 13:08
Thanks Bob!

Tim

ekdek
14-Sep-2011, 08:12
Hello Bob!
I'm looking for a Linhof Master technika and she had these serial number: B581605
Could you tell me, please, her date?
Thanks very much again!

Bob Salomon
14-Sep-2011, 08:52
Hello Bob!
I'm looking for a Linhof Master technika and she had these serial number: B581605
Could you tell me, please, her date?
Thanks very much again!

After 1993

ekdek
14-Sep-2011, 09:39
Thanks very much Bob!
Kindest regards from Spain!

fushsiaoutfield
15-Sep-2011, 01:16
thank bob you are life saver http://godimage.co.cc/thumb/base/images/potter/34/b/happy.gif

raday
22-Sep-2011, 15:44
I recently purchased a Linhof camera . I would like to find out what model it is and when it was made . The only serial number I can find is on top and reads 5021087 . The film backs are super rollex 56x72 . Any information would be greatly appreciated ........thank you

Bob Salomon
22-Sep-2011, 16:17
I recently purchased a Linhof camera . I would like to find out what model it is and when it was made . The only serial number I can find is on top and reads 5021087 . The film backs are super rollex 56x72 . Any information would be greatly appreciated ........thank you

1970 Super Technica V 6x9. That was the model immediately preceeding the last model. The V 23b.

raday
22-Sep-2011, 16:40
Thanks for your help Bob . Can you still get parts for this camera ?

Bob Salomon
22-Sep-2011, 18:32
Parts or accessories? Accessories are available. We are selling some on our factory store. For repair parts it all depends on which part and then only the service center can tell you if the part is still available.

raday
22-Sep-2011, 19:23
Thanks Bob . I need to replace the latch that holds the front closed . It appears to be broken . I haven't tried to fix it yet I was just wondering how hard it is to find parts . You have been a big help ..........thanks again

Bob Salomon
23-Sep-2011, 14:10
Thanks Bob . I need to replace the latch that holds the front closed . It appears to be broken . I haven't tried to fix it yet I was just wondering how hard it is to find parts . You have been a big help ..........thanks again

You will have to ask service. We are not at all involved with parts availability.

Cor
25-Sep-2011, 04:24
Dear Bob

Could you please date my newly acquired Linhof Color # 102828
Thanks,

Best,

Cor

Bob Salomon
25-Sep-2011, 05:35
Dear Bob

Could you please date my newly acquired Linhof Color # 102828
Thanks,

Best,

Cor

1963

Noah A
27-Sep-2011, 12:50
Bob--How about this one:

68186

It must be a Tech. IV (I think) since it uses current Technika lensboards but doesn't have the ratchet rise mechanism.

I have the opportunity to buy it, cheap, and was thinking it could make a good backup for travel.

Bob Salomon
27-Sep-2011, 13:20
Bob--How about this one:

68186

It must be a Tech. IV (I think) since it uses current Technika lensboards but doesn't have the ratchet rise mechanism.

I have the opportunity to buy it, cheap, and was thinking it could make a good backup for travel.

About a 1958 Super Technika IV.

Noah A
27-Sep-2011, 15:06
Thanks Bob. I should have added; on the film back as other Technikas I've seen it says D.B.P. West-Germany. But it also says A.P.a. What does that last bit mean?

Bob Salomon
27-Sep-2011, 16:03
Thanks Bob. I should have added; on the film back as other Technikas I've seen it says D.B.P. West-Germany. But it also says A.P.a. What does that last bit mean?

D.B.P. is the German Patent office. I think A.P.A. is also Patent related but you should ask a German to be sure.

scm
7-Oct-2011, 15:39
I've another one here, a Tech IV, I believe. Serial 74645, if you could look that up when you have a moment, Bob.

Bob Salomon
7-Oct-2011, 16:55
I've another one here, a Tech IV, I believe. Serial 74645, if you could look that up when you have a moment, Bob.

About 61 or 62

scm
7-Oct-2011, 16:57
About 61 or 62

Thanks so much, Bob!

emax
14-Oct-2011, 04:08
What a patience, great service!

Can you as well tell about mine which I bought this week? It's an MT, the serial# is 6491323.

Bob Salomon
14-Oct-2011, 04:38
What a patience, great service!

Can you as well tell about mine which I bought this week? It's an MT, the serial# is 6491323.

Feb 1981

emax
14-Oct-2011, 05:10
Feb 1981

Thank you very much!

A question remains which you can probably anser. I've seen a number of serials here, and the corresponding years are sometimes hard to understand:


6491229: 1989 (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=548603&postcount=320)
6491323: 1981 (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=790179&postcount=850) <- mine
6491423: 1989 (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=558613&postcount=332)


For a German company (and in particular for me as a German :eek:), it is hard to understand why they don't have an ascending year in corresponence to an ascending serial number. Can you tell why this is so?

Bob Salomon
14-Oct-2011, 07:10
Thank you very much!

A question remains which you can probably anser. I've seen a number of serials here, and the corresponding years are sometimes hard to understand:


6491229: 1989 (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=548603&postcount=320)
6491323: 1981 (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=790179&postcount=850) <- mine
6491423: 1989 (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=558613&postcount=332)


My list shows all of them as 1989.

These numbers contain information for the factory as to production run, date, etc. They are not just a consecutive number.
For a German company (and in particular for me as a German :eek:), it is hard to understand why they don't have an ascending year in corresponence to an ascending serial number. Can you tell why this is so?

emax
14-Oct-2011, 07:19
My list shows all of them as 1989.

Hm, then what you wrote here (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showpost.php?p=790179&postcount=850)is probably a typo ?

I'd be happy to hear that my camera is not 1981 but 1989 ... :)

karl french
14-Oct-2011, 07:30
Bob,

Can you tell me more about the 50 Jahre Technika Master Technika?

How many were produced and are there any differences from the standard model other than the little plaque on top of the camera and supplemental serial number?

6445388 / 071

Thanks.

Bob Salomon
14-Oct-2011, 08:26
Bob,

Can you tell me more about the 50 Jahre Technika Master Technika?

How many were produced and are there any differences from the standard model other than the little plaque on top of the camera and supplemental serial number?

6445388 / 071

Thanks.

50 were produced in gold with a gold plated lens and a different plaque then you have.

All Master Technika cameras produced that year in black carried the plaque that you have on your camera. And Linhof, except for special commemorative cameras like the 120th anniversary Technika 3000 and Technorama 612 SIII never release the number of cameras produced. For the two special 120th cameras they made 120 of each. So whenever you see a plaque like your with a number like 71/120 you would know that it was the 71st camera of a run of 120.
But when it just has the number 071, like your does it simply means that it was the 71st camera made during that anniversary year.

karl french
14-Oct-2011, 08:29
Interesting.

Thanks.

Bob Salomon
14-Oct-2011, 08:39
Interesting.

Thanks.

We sold a few of those 50th anniversary cameras to Bear Image in Palo Alto. They could even still have some new ones in stock.

karl french
14-Oct-2011, 08:42
I bought it from a seller in England. Not sure if it was originally sold in the UK or Europe.

ernpro
23-Oct-2011, 15:53
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could help, I have a Linhof Technika large format camera, 4x5, but would like to know what model it is. The serial number is 66969

Thanks!

Bob Salomon
23-Oct-2011, 16:02
Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could help, I have a Linhof Technika large format camera, 4x5, but would like to know what model it is. The serial number is 66969

Thanks!

Super technika IV from about 1960.

Dave Tolcher
24-Oct-2011, 13:23
Bob, I am trying to identify some old Linhof 6x9 equipment for a friend who inherited it. Outside my comfort zone being metal rather than wood :-) Its a cream folder, 6x9 with Linhof Technika stamped at the front of the focus rail. No latch for swing. Serial number is 5071075 from the shoe. Would I be right in thinking a IV ? Its a lovely bit of kit & comes with a Linhof labelled CZ 53mm biogon, 180mm Sonnar, darkslides all on nice linhof plates and a zoom finder.

Second question. The focus scale has f=53 engraved on it. Does that mean that the rangefinder cam is for the 53mm biogon ?

Many thanks

Dave

Bob Salomon
24-Oct-2011, 13:33
Bob, I am trying to identify some old Linhof 6x9 equipment for a friend who inherited it. Outside my comfort zone being metal rather than wood :-) Its a cream folder, 6x9 with Linhof Technika stamped at the front of the focus rail. No latch for swing. Serial number is 5071075 from the shoe. Would I be right in thinking a IV ? Its a lovely bit of kit & comes with a Linhof labelled CZ 53mm biogon, 180mm Sonnar, darkslides all on nice linhof plates and a zoom finder.

Second question. The focus scale has f=53 engraved on it. Does that mean that the rangefinder cam is for the 53mm biogon ?

Many thanks

Dave

That is a 1975 Super Technika V, 23b. The last model before it was discontinued. The later versions were in black rather then the light grey. The cam is different then the focus scale. Put the lens standard into the camera body and move the focus tracks forward till you expose the tri-lobe cam. If it was cammed for the 53mm one lobe will be engraved 53mm and have the serial number of the lens stamped on it. If the serial numbers don't match then the camera will not focus properly at all distances. Also, the camera's serial number is on the bottom of the cam. If it doesn't match it also will not focus properly. If there were other lenses used with the camera their focal lengths and serial numbers are also on the cam. If they aren't a Linhof service center can cut the cam to match the focal length engraved on the lobe. If there is a serial number on the other lobes but you don't have the lenses then as you add lenses you will need a new cam.

Dave Tolcher
24-Oct-2011, 14:13
That is a 1975 Super Technika V, 23b. The last model before it was discontinued. The later versions were in black rather then the light grey. The cam is different then the focus scale. Put the lens standard into the camera body and move the focus tracks forward till you expose the tri-lobe cam. If it was cammed for the 53mm one lobe will be engraved 53mm and have the serial number of the lens stamped on it. If the serial numbers don't match then the camera will not focus properly at all distances. Also, the camera's serial number is on the bottom of the cam. If it doesn't match it also will not focus properly. If there were other lenses used with the camera their focal lengths and serial numbers are also on the cam. If they aren't a Linhof service center can cut the cam to match the focal length engraved on the lobe. If there is a serial number on the other lobes but you don't have the lenses then as you add lenses you will need a new cam.

Thanks Bob, thats brilliant information and so quick. The 53mm & 180mm match the cam serial numbers. Sadly the 53mm lens has balsam separation in the rear element group otherwise would be a gem and the 180mm is full of fungus ! There was a 100mm lens as the cam has a serial number engraved but that is missing from the kit.
Many thanks again.
Dave

mtnman37879
26-Oct-2011, 17:29
Mr. Salomon, Yesterday I purchased from a US Government Surplus Auction at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, a Linhof Aero Technika Camera, Serial number 6545019. It is complete with two film packs, serial numbers 6271061 and 6281061 and the aluminum carrying case. Could you please tell me a little about this camera? I would also appreciate any tips on selling it. Thanks

cgrab
1-Nov-2011, 10:23
I very much appreciate the effort you put in answering these questions, and I would like to add the numbers of two old and sad Linhof 13x18 bodies, 3163 and 17505. These must be pre-war models, having 99mm square lensboards and backs for metal single sheet holders. Nr. 17505 has DRP and DRGM stamped on the frame, which should make it definitely pre-war.
Thanks in advance
Christoph

Bob Salomon
1-Nov-2011, 11:44
Mr. Salomon, Yesterday I purchased from a US Government Surplus Auction at Oak Ridge National Laboratories, a Linhof Aero Technika Camera, Serial number 6545019. It is complete with two film packs, serial numbers 6271061 and 6281061 and the aluminum carrying case. Could you please tell me a little about this camera? I would also appreciate any tips on selling it. Thanks

Tips on selling are difficult. That camera requires 24V DC to operate the backs and those battery packs are no longer made as the charger manufacturer is no longer making the charger. In addition, if you are not using the vacuum backs you need 6V cells that go into the camera body to power the shutter and they are no longer made. Nor is the charger for them.

Then there is the issue with finding the 126mm 5" roll film stock on NATO modified spools. And, once you find it, who will still process aerial roll film? Many of the aerial emulsions, black and white as well as color, required special chemestries different then that used for normal amateur or professional films.

The Aero Technikas that Oak Ridge used are the unmodified ones that were also used by NASA on the Space Shuttle missions. The modification was basically fairly minor changes (like using Teflon coated wires and a different vacuum pump) that were integrated into the later models of the camera and back. The camera was introduced in 1973 and they stopped producing it a dozen or so years ago.

6545019 was made about 1979/80. They started on the Shuttle about 1982/83 but our records that old are in storage and are not recoverable for checking. But you might check the photo site at NASA to see how old the first Aero Technika shots were. The astronaut most commonly pictured shooting with the camera from orbit was George "Pinky" Nelson on a 1983 Discovery mission.

The vacuum roll back held 150 4x5 shots on the 126mm roll film and the camera could shoot all 150 frames at 2.3 second intervals. The vacuum pulled the film flat to the pressure plate during the exposure and pushed it away between frames for film advance. Lenses from 90mm to 250mm in helical mounts were available for the camera and there were pre-set locking positions on the focusing scale on all lenses except the 90, which was fixed focus (minimum focus distance was governed by governmental flight regulations for aerial work so a focus mount was not needed on the 90mm. The aperture and shutter speed settings lock into position. All lenses had IR focus marks as IR was very commonly used in this camera.
If one did not want to lug the 24V battery pack around there was cabeling available to hook it up to 24V aircraft current directly.
The camera was supplied with a regular Linhof 45 Technika back so sheet film and roll film could also be used in it.

Bob Salomon
1-Nov-2011, 12:04
I very much appreciate the effort you put in answering these questions, and I would like to add the numbers of two old and sad Linhof 13x18 bodies, 3163 and 17505. These must be pre-war models, having 99mm square lensboards and backs for metal single sheet holders. Nr. 17505 has DRP and DRGM stamped on the frame, which should make it definitely pre-war.
Thanks in advance
Christoph

3163 was 1947
17505 I have no record of so it could be pre-war.

cgrab
2-Nov-2011, 06:01
3163 was 1947
17505 I have no record of so it could be pre-war.

Thank you vey much!
Best regards
Christoph

MatchingMole
3-Nov-2011, 15:21
hello mister salomon,
for a "cream" linhof 220 n° 3522996
thank you!

Bob Salomon
3-Nov-2011, 15:39
hello mister salomon,
for a "cream" linhof 220 n° 3522996
thank you!

First version from 1967.

MatchingMole
4-Nov-2011, 01:56
First version from 1967.

ok, thanks a lot!

WendyBeth
7-Nov-2011, 07:20
I have a Linhof Technica 4x5 camera serial number 54230 with a Linhof metal case and other lenses and a Linhof Technica serial number 44391. I also have a variety of lenses for this one.
Any information on these two cameras would be greatly appreciated.

Bob Salomon
7-Nov-2011, 08:27
I have a Linhof Technica 4x5 camera serial number 54230 with a Linhof metal case and other lenses and a Linhof Technica serial number 44391. I also have a variety of lenses for this one.
Any information on these two cameras would be greatly appreciated.

54320 is a Technika III from 1956 or so. The 44391 is a Technika III 2x3 camera from 1952.

As both are orphans and repair parts and accessories are not available for either and the III is missing forward lens tilt you should not invest into these cameras. If you want to grow into the Linhof series you will need a IV or later.

WendyBeth
7-Nov-2011, 14:08
54320 is a Technika III from 1956 or so. The 44391 is a Technika III 2x3 camera from 1952.

As both are orphans and repair parts and accessories are not available for either and the III is missing forward lens tilt you should not invest into these cameras. If you want to grow into the Linhof series you will need a IV or later.


Bob,
Thank you so much for this information. These cameras were my father's. At this time we are just trying to see what we might do with his camera collection. I appreciate your response.
-Wendy

mtnman37879
8-Nov-2011, 21:16
Tips on selling are difficult. That camera requires 24V DC to operate the backs and those battery packs are no longer made as the charger manufacturer is no longer making the charger. In addition, if you are not using the vacuum backs you need 6V cells that go into the camera body to power the shutter and they are no longer made. Nor is the charger for them.

Then there is the issue with finding the 126mm 5" roll film stock on NATO modified spools. And, once you find it, who will still process aerial roll film? Many of the aerial emulsions, black and white as well as color, required special chemestries different then that used for normal amateur or professional films.

The Aero Technikas that Oak Ridge used are the unmodified ones that were also used by NASA on the Space Shuttle missions. The modification was basically fairly minor changes (like using Teflon coated wires and a different vacuum pump) that were integrated into the later models of the camera and back. The camera was introduced in 1973 and they stopped producing it a dozen or so years ago.

6545019 was made about 1979/80. They started on the Shuttle about 1982/83 but our records that old are in storage and are not recoverable for checking. But you might check the photo site at NASA to see how old the first Aero Technika shots were. The astronaut most commonly pictured shooting with the camera from orbit was George "Pinky" Nelson on a 1983 Discovery mission.

The vacuum roll back held 150 4x5 shots on the 126mm roll film and the camera could shoot all 150 frames at 2.3 second intervals. The vacuum pulled the film flat to the pressure plate during the exposure and pushed it away between frames for film advance. Lenses from 90mm to 250mm in helical mounts were available for the camera and there were pre-set locking positions on the focusing scale on all lenses except the 90, which was fixed focus (minimum focus distance was governed by governmental flight regulations for aerial work so a focus mount was not needed on the 90mm. The aperture and shutter speed settings lock into position. All lenses had IR focus marks as IR was very commonly used in this camera.
If one did not want to lug the 24V battery pack around there was cabeling available to hook it up to 24V aircraft current directly.
The camera was supplied with a regular Linhof 45 Technika back so sheet film and roll film could also be used in it.

Thanks for all your information, it was really helpful. I've listed the camera on ebay. We'll see what happens.

ghe67
9-Nov-2011, 05:15
HI Bob,
can you please tell me the model/year of the serial number 2112771, it's a camera I'm interested in.
Many thanks
Giorgio

Bob Salomon
9-Nov-2011, 05:29
HI Bob,
can you please tell me the model/year of the serial number 2112771, it's a camera I'm interested in.
Many thanks
Giorgio

1965 Super Technika V

ghe67
9-Nov-2011, 05:47
Thanks Bob,
IIRC many parts for the camera as GG, fresnel etc.are still available right?
Also, starting from this model the cams are interchangeable without need to be matched with the camera and lens?
Giorgio

Bob Salomon
9-Nov-2011, 07:23
Thanks Bob,
IIRC many parts for the camera as GG, fresnel etc.are still available right?
Also, starting from this model the cams are interchangeable without need to be matched with the camera and lens?
Giorgio

All current accessories fit your camera. As for parts, it depends on what is needed. The factory no longer makes parts for cameras that old but many current repair parts fit. But some parts may not be available any longer. And, if you needed to replace body covering only black ones are available.

ghe67
5-Dec-2011, 19:52
Finally found and bought a Technika, serial number. 74016.
It's a beautiful example of Technika IV, what year?
Thanks Bob.
Giorgio

Bob Salomon
6-Dec-2011, 03:06
Finally found and bought a Technika, serial number. 74016.
It's a beautiful example of Technika IV, what year?
Thanks Bob.
Giorgio

1960

Steve Salmons
6-Dec-2011, 12:23
A request for some dates when you have a moment please Bob:
Earlyish Super Technika III (5x4) SN: 22689
Super Technika III (2x3) SN: 45912
Super Technika IV (2x3) SN: 87627

Many Thanks, Steve

wthaler
6-Dec-2011, 17:05
as I am also curious....

2111087

thanks

W.

Bob Salomon
7-Dec-2011, 04:44
A request for some dates when you have a moment please Bob:
Earlyish Super Technika III (5x4) SN: 22689 No record. Probably pre 1945
Super Technika III (2x3) SN: 45912 1952
Super Technika IV (2x3) SN: 87627 1950

Many Thanks, Steve

Bob Salomon
7-Dec-2011, 04:44
as I am also curious....

2111087

thanks

W.

1965

Steve Salmons
7-Dec-2011, 07:21
Hi Bob,
Thank you for the fast reply as ever but I am now very confused.
All my available sources tell me the Technika III (5x4) was not made before 1946. However I appreciate it's not an exact science and your sources are more complete than mine. U shaped front standard, all back movements controlled by 4 knobs positioned on the sides of the camera; none on top.Normal Tech III movements.

Also I didn't anticipate that that the baby technika III would have been in production after the IV was available. One lives and occasionally learns!
Thanks, Steve

Bob Salomon
7-Dec-2011, 08:11
Hi Bob,
Thank you for the fast reply as ever but I am now very confused.
All my available sources tell me the Technika III (5x4) was not made before 1946. However I appreciate it's not an exact science and your sources are more complete than mine. U shaped front standard, all back movements controlled by 4 knobs positioned on the sides of the camera; none on top.Normal Tech III movements.

Also I didn't anticipate that that the baby technika III would have been in production after the IV was available. One lives and occasionally learns!
Thanks, Steve

How do you know it is a III and not a Medezin?

Steve Salmons
7-Dec-2011, 10:01
How do you know it is a III and not a Medezin?

I thought the Medezin had a special enamel finish to allow for a more efficient sterilisation of the camera before use. This is a normal black leatherette covering.
The top metal edge behind the accessory shoe is marked "D.R.P. Made in Germany D.R.G.M." The cam plate is marked for a 15cm lens serial number 2761144 which, if a schneider lens, would fall into 1951 production although this could easily be a later lens fitted to an earlier camera. The underside of the cam plate carries no other markings
The camera accepts a standard 5x4 Fidelity cut film holder

Hope this helps
All best, Steve

Bob Salomon
7-Dec-2011, 11:49
I thought the Medezin had a special enamel finish to allow for a more efficient sterilisation of the camera before use. This is a normal black leatherette covering.
The top metal edge behind the accessory shoe is marked "D.R.P. Made in Germany D.R.G.M." The cam plate is marked for a 15cm lens serial number 2761144 which, if a schneider lens, would fall into 1951 production although this could easily be a later lens fitted to an earlier camera. The underside of the cam plate carries no other markings
The camera accepts a standard 5x4 Fidelity cut film holder

Hope this helps
All best, Steve

D.R.P. is Deutsch Reichs Patent which means that it was made between 1936 and 1945 so it is a relative of the Medezin. If it is not in the special finish of the Medezin then it is a Technika II.
My serial number records begin in Oct. 1946

lambolini
8-Dec-2011, 00:35
Hi Bob,
Can you confirm vintage/model number of camera number:
2731108
Thanks for your help,
Alistair

Steve Salmons
8-Dec-2011, 02:05
D.R.P. is Deutsch Reichs Patent which means that it was made between 1936 and 1945 so it is a relative of the Medezin. If it is not in the special finish of the Medezin then it is a Technika II.
My serial number records begin in Oct. 1946

This is getting really interesting Bob so sorry to keep coming back to it. Firstly, this camera looks nothing like anything in pictures I can find described as a Technika II.
Secondly there is an almost exact example of my camera on German Ebay currently listed by seller photoworld2010 Item No. 280784562920
See Link
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Linhof-Technica-9x12-Schneider-Kreuznach-Xenar-150mm-/280784562920?pt=DE_Foto_Camcorder_Analogkameras&hash=item4160106ae8

As you can see, this camera has a lens board marked "Technika Model III" (which of itself proves nothing of course) and a serial number of 22973. However my camera has exactly the same lens board and a serial of 22689. The only difference between the cameras is that mine has been made with a back for standard double sided 5x4 sheet film holders rather than single holders.

So I would like to propose a theory. I believe that both of these cameras represent either a very early form of what is generally recognised as a Technika III or a transitional model possibly from early in 1946 prior to the records that you have to hand starting October 1946. The track locking wheel seen next to the focusing wheel is a particularly distinctive feature.
I hope this is of interest.
Kind Regards, Steve

hossfejm
20-Dec-2011, 09:32
Hi Bob,

I'm trying to date a 4x5 Linhof Kardan Bi-System with serial number...

3612197

Thanks very much.

-Jake

Roger Richman
25-Dec-2011, 18:01
Bob
Thanks for what you do. My 5x7s serial number is 3183. Believe,but don't know, that it's prewar. Can you help?

Roger

Bob Salomon
26-Dec-2011, 04:49
Hi Bob,
Can you confirm vintage/model number of camera number:
2731108
Thanks for your help,
Alistair

Studienkamera 6.5 x 9 cm 1966

Bob Salomon
26-Dec-2011, 04:50
Hi Bob,

I'm trying to date a 4x5 Linhof Kardan Bi-System with serial number...

3612197

Thanks very much.

-Jake 1968

Bob Salomon
26-Dec-2011, 04:52
I am not aware of a traditional camera from Linhof . It either is a III or it isn't a III. If it isn't a III then it is something else . On the other hand owners modified cameras for their own reasons.

This is getting really interesting Bob so sorry to keep coming back to it. Firstly, this camera looks nothing like anything in pictures I can find described as a Technika II.
Secondly there is an almost exact example of my camera on German Ebay currently listed by seller photoworld2010 Item No. 280784562920
See Link
http://www.ebay.de/itm/Linhof-Technica-9x12-Schneider-Kreuznach-Xenar-150mm-/280784562920?pt=DE_Foto_Camcorder_Analogkameras&hash=item4160106ae8

As you can see, this camera has a lens board marked "Technika Model III" (which of itself proves nothing of course) and a serial number of 22973. However my camera has exactly the same lens board and a serial of 22689. The only difference between the cameras is that mine has been made with a back for standard double sided 5x4 sheet film holders rather than single holders.

So I would like to propose a theory. I believe that both of these cameras represent either a very early form of what is generally recognised as a Technika III or a transitional model possibly from early in 1946 prior to the records that you have to hand starting October 1946. The track locking wheel seen next to the focusing wheel is a particularly distinctive feature.
I hope this is of interest.
Kind Regards, Steve

Bob Salomon
26-Dec-2011, 04:58
Bob
Thanks for what you do. My 5x7s serial number is 3183. Believe,but don't know, that it's prewar. Can you help?

Roger

1947

Roger Richman
26-Dec-2011, 08:11
Bob
Thank you very much.
Roger

banjo
26-Dec-2011, 10:42
hey Bob Salomon
looks like I have Linhof Super Technika III # 45349 I don't see a "B"
but the cam is a 53mm , 100mm , & a 180mm

Bob Salomon
26-Dec-2011, 11:06
hey Bob Salomon
looks like I have Linhof Super Technika III # 45349 I don't see a "B"
but the cam is a 53mm , 100mm , & a 180mm

1952 III

banjo
26-Dec-2011, 11:18
thank you Bob

NZLazza
27-Dec-2011, 21:10
Hi Bob,

I am new to the site and have a similar question to a few posts I have been reading looking for answers on A Linhof Master Technika, the serial number on the viewer mount shoe is 63886.
What I am not sure of is it a 1V or a V, what year the camera is? and what sort of value would I put on it for insurance purposes ?, it has a 5.6/90 Super Angulon lens.
Cheers
Larry

Bob Salomon
28-Dec-2011, 06:00
Hi Bob,

I am new to the site and have a similar question to a few posts I have been reading looking for answers on A Linhof Master Technika, the serial number on the viewer mount shoe is 63886.
What I am not sure of is it a 1V or a V, what year the camera is? and what sort of value would I put on it for insurance purposes ?, it has a 5.6/90 Super Angulon lens.
Cheers
Larry

You do not have a Master Technika. Since WW II Linhof has made in 45 Technika cameras the following series:

III
IV
V
Master Technika (latest version is the Master Technika Classic
Master Technika 2000 which was replaced by the current Master Technika 3000

63886 is a Super Technika IV from about 1958. The Master Technika was introduced in 1972. I hope whoever sold you the camera did not tell you that you were buying a Master Technika instead of a Super Technika IV.

As for value you will have to check with dealers or online sales. Value will also depend on condition as well as model and age.

jnoir
30-Dec-2011, 11:27
I was wondering... Based on the assigned serial numbers, how many 4x5 Super Technikas V were manufactured? Is this information anywhere else hiding from me? Thanks in advance and happy 2012!

Bob Salomon
30-Dec-2011, 12:15
I was wondering... Based on the assigned serial numbers, how many 4x5 Super Technikas V were manufactured? Is this information anywhere else hiding from me? Thanks in advance and happy 2012!

You will not find it.

Steven Tribe
31-Dec-2011, 07:24
Pre-war 9x12/swing GG and single film holers - still in excellent working condition.

no.5055

A swedish photo friend is selling his last camera - which was also his first! Lasted his lifetime without any difficulty!
Can a date be fixed to it?

Bob Salomon
31-Dec-2011, 07:49
Pre-war 9x12/swing GG and single film holers - still in excellent working condition.

no.5055

A swedish photo friend is selling his last camera - which was also his first! Lasted his lifetime without any difficulty!
Can a date be fixed to it?

5055 is a post war 1946/47 Technika III.

Steven Tribe
31-Dec-2011, 11:02
And thanks, Bob! Linhof is way outside my (slight) knowledge area.
Steven

bob carnie
31-Dec-2011, 11:17
Mr Salomon

I was just given a Kardan Color 4x5 2621746.
Its in pretty rough shape but I would like to fix up , any suggestions of where to send it to make it usable.

thanks
Bob

Bob Salomon
31-Dec-2011, 12:53
Mr Salomon

I was just given a Kardan Color 4x5 2621746.
Its in pretty rough shape but I would like to fix up , any suggestions of where to send it to make it usable.

thanks
Bob

1966/67

bob carnie
31-Dec-2011, 13:24
Thank you
question for all
who is good in North America in servicing old Linhofs.

1966/67

Bob Salomon
31-Dec-2011, 14:03
Thank you
question for all
who is good in North America in servicing old Linhofs.

Marflex is the only factory authorized Linhof service center in the USA. In Canada it is Blazes . There are no parts for your camera available from the factory other then what may fit from current parts for more recent cameras.

bob carnie
31-Dec-2011, 14:24
Thank you for your response

I know Mike Boylan and have done business with him in the past . He is a very straight shooter and I will let him look at the camera and give me a quote.

Bob


Marflex is the only factory authorized Linhof service center in the USA. In Canada it is Blazes . There are no parts for your camera available from the factory other then what may fit from current parts for more recent cameras.

jnoir
3-Jan-2012, 04:17
You will not find it.

Why, if I may ask?

Bob Salomon
3-Jan-2012, 05:51
Why, if I may ask?

Linhof does not publish them and the numbers include production info so just subtracting the highest from the lowest does not result in the total produced. Why do you care?

jnoir
3-Jan-2012, 11:15
Just out of curiosity. I am almost equally interested in taking pictures than in knowing as much as possible about photographic history. I am pretty much familiar with medium format, but I am newbie in large format "seriously" (I have toyed with KW Patent Etui and Voigtländer Avus), and since I acquired a Linhof Technika V (thanks to your confirmation on PN) and learnt that it was made for about 14 years. I was thinking that these kind of cameras maybe were not manufactured in high numbers, because of demand, prices... I do not expect definite figures, but I find it always interesting to know at least approximated numbers. In medium format, when less than 10.000 cameras were made, usually they are considered not that common. I am trying to learn how it works with LF.

William D. Lester
6-Jan-2012, 07:01
Hello Bob

I have a Super Technika V serial number 2161083. Can you tell me the year of manufacture. Thanks

Bob Salomon
6-Jan-2012, 07:13
Hello Bob

I have a Super Technika V serial number 2161083. Can you tell me the year of manufacture. Thanks

1970

Tony Flora
20-Jan-2012, 22:32
Hi Bob,

Any chance you can tell me year and model of my master technika? SN: 6415278

Bob Salomon
21-Jan-2012, 02:52
Hi Bob,

Any chance you can tell me year and model of my master technika? SN: 6415278

First series, 1972

johnveg
30-Jan-2012, 11:28
Hi Bob, any chance you can give me of year made
serial #19875
Thanks John

Bob Salomon
30-Jan-2012, 12:01
Hi Bob, any chance you can give me of year made
serial #19875
Thanks John

Sorry, no. Must be a pre war camera.

johnveg
30-Jan-2012, 12:47
Sorry, no. Must be a pre war camera.
Yes I believe it to be war time, its marked Luftwaffe, trying to determine if original or not
Thanks John

Bob Salomon
30-Jan-2012, 13:43
Yes I believe it to be war time, its marked Luftwaffe, trying to determine if original or not
Thanks John

Well then that should help you to date it. The Linhof factory was heavily bombed (over 60% of the factory destroyed in two air raids in 1944) so it had to be made before that and after the Luftwaffe was formed. So a period of about 10 years.

That bombing is also the reason why we don't have pre WW II and war time serial numbers.

johnveg
30-Jan-2012, 14:45
Bob thanks for the info
John

jocl123
2-Feb-2012, 12:03
Is someone interested in making a list of all the serial numbers with production infos ?

E. von Hoegh
2-Feb-2012, 12:13
Is someone interested in making a list of all the serial numbers with production infos ?

Um, that's the list Bob Salomon is quoting from.....:D

jocl123
2-Feb-2012, 14:30
Right, but where is this list ? Is it available ?

Bob Salomon
2-Feb-2012, 14:54
Right, but where is this list ? Is it available ?

No, it is in my desk.

MQuest
11-Feb-2012, 18:15
Bob,
I have what I believe to be a Linhof Technika 6 x 9. The only number that might be a serial number appears between the two tracks on the base of the camera. The number is 7031.
I infer from other posts in this thread that, as the plate on the back contains D.R. P and D. R. G. M. the body must have been made between 1926 and 1945.
It looks very much like the Linhof Technika shown in the Linhof_Prospect_1939, but there are a few differences.
Here are two image files:
http://i40.tinypic.com/24pkxtf.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2i72qvb.jpg
Am I correct in both the date and the camera type?
Thank you very much.
Michael

Bob Salomon
12-Feb-2012, 03:26
Bob,
I have what I believe to be a Linhof Technika 6 x 9. The only number that might be a serial number appears between the two tracks on the base of the camera. The number is 7031.
I infer from other posts in this thread that, as the plate on the back contains D.R. P and D. R. G. M. the body must have been made between 1926 and 1945.
It looks very much like the Linhof Technika shown in the Linhof_Prospect_1939, but there are a few differences.
Here are two image files:
http://i40.tinypic.com/24pkxtf.jpg
http://i40.tinypic.com/2i72qvb.jpg
Am I correct in both the date and the camera type?
Thank you very much.
Michael

Date yes, other then it being pre 45 I can not tell specifically which model it is.

zhenetto
2-Apr-2012, 10:19
Dear Bob,
if you please, help me to know...
I have 5 cameras:

34243 - 9x12cm Super Technika III , black, (wich version and year?)

56452 - 4x5'' Super Technika III, black, last version (under the front standard it has engraved 361B and a W, what this letter W say us and wich is the year?)

2152713 - 4x5'' Super Technika , brown, (IV or V, and wich year?)

21579 - 13x18cm (Super)Technika III (not sure), black, i suppose that a RF had taken off (wich real model and year?)

39714 - 5x7'' Super Technika , brown, probably IV (wich model and year?)

Thank you !

José

zhenetto
12-Apr-2012, 06:17
Date yes, other then it being pre 45 I can not tell specifically which model it is.

Bob, curiosly, the camera 13x18 I asked (last post before this one) is very simmilar in shape!

Best regards,
José

Bob Salomon
12-Apr-2012, 06:32
34243 - 9x12cm Super Technika III , black, (wich version and year?) 1954

56452 - 4x5'' Super Technika III, black, last version (under the front standard it has engraved 361B and a W, what this letter W say us and wich is the year?) 1956

2152713 - 4x5'' Super Technika , brown, (IV or V, and wich year?) Super Technika V 1970

21579 - 13x18cm (Super)Technika III (not sure), black, i suppose that a RF had taken off (wich real model and year?) Probably a pre-war camera and there are no records. It would be earlier then a III.

39714 - 5x7'' Super Technika , brown, probably IV (wich model and year?) IV 1959 or 60

zhenetto
13-Apr-2012, 04:27
34243 - 9x12cm Super Technika III , black, (wich version and year?) 1954

56452 - 4x5'' Super Technika III, black, last version (under the front standard it has engraved 361B and a W, what this letter W say us and wich is the year?) 1956

2152713 - 4x5'' Super Technika , brown, (IV or V, and wich year?) Super Technika V 1970

21579 - 13x18cm (Super)Technika III (not sure), black, i suppose that a RF had taken off (wich real model and year?) Probably a pre-war camera and there are no records. It would be earlier then a III.

39714 - 5x7'' Super Technika , brown, probably IV (wich model and year?) IV 1959 or 60

Thank you very much, Bob!

BTMarcais
15-Apr-2012, 14:41
Bob- I have a 5x7 ( i think a IV?), tan leather, serial number 140151- which model and year is that?
Thanks,
-Brian

Bob Salomon
26-Apr-2012, 10:36
Technika IV 1960/61

Mr tabs
1-May-2012, 07:56
I have been given an Linhof 5x4 camera but I can't work what make it is! the serial number the top is 86411074.
Some help would be much appreciated as to what model this camera is.

mkshawn.ca
1-May-2012, 10:22
Hi Bob, hope you are still up for these questions after all this time?

I have a black leather covered Technika: Serial number on the top shoe B551107. It is about 18 yrs old I had always understood it be Master Technika IV?

All help is appreciated! Cheers

Bob Salomon
1-May-2012, 13:55
I have been given an Linhof 5x4 camera but I can't work what make it is! the serial number the top is 86411074.
Some help would be much appreciated as to what model this camera is.

Is that first digit a B or an 8?

mkshawn.ca
2-May-2012, 19:55
Hola Robert

Good Question, so I rechecked! Under a 10x lupe it is engraved as a definite B.

Tks again Shawn

mkshawn.ca
2-May-2012, 19:57
Ohps not my serial number

Mr tabs
21-May-2012, 06:11
Is that first digit a B or an 8?

Sorry the number is without a B or 8 it us just the numbers after. 6411074. Thank you

Bob Salomon
21-May-2012, 09:32
1973

Domingo A. Siliceo
22-May-2012, 11:18
Could my serial number be '5923'?

Bob Salomon
22-May-2012, 11:51
If you have a Technika III 4x5 and it was made in 1953 or so it is.

Domingo A. Siliceo
22-May-2012, 12:42
If you have a Technika III 4x5 and it was made in 1953 or so it is.

thanks, Bob.

Nooky41
25-May-2012, 21:55
Hello Bob,

I am searching the year of production for :

- Linhof Technika Master n° 6481470
- Linhof Technika Master Classic n° B581052
- Linhof Technorama 617SIII n° D121601
- Linhof Kardan Bi-System n° 3787068

Thanks in advance

Best regards

Nooky41

Bob Salomon
26-May-2012, 04:08
Hello Bob,

I am searching the year of production for :

- Linhof Technika Master n° 6481470 1979/80
- Linhof Technika Master Classic n° B581052 After 1993
- Linhof Technorama 617SIII n° D121601 Too recent. Does it have the dark slide or not? With slide it is 2010 or later
- Linhof Kardan Bi-System n° 3787068 1975. Please always give the size. This is a 57 serial number.

Thanks in advance

Best regards

Nooky41

Nooky41
26-May-2012, 10:37
Hi,

Thank you very much Bob !
Best regards

Nooky41

moltbart
2-Jun-2012, 04:38
any information on serial number 73248?

which model which year

all the best

Bob Salomon
2-Jun-2012, 06:13
Iv, 1960

byuddy
8-Jul-2012, 11:35
For Bob Salomon ... sn 2152260 ... Technika V, I believe. What would be the date of manufacture?

Bob Salomon
8-Jul-2012, 11:45
1969/70

Tim Martin
21-Jul-2012, 07:32
Hi all!

I am the very proud new owner of the above camera. Its a Master Technika to my knowledge. Bob I would very much appreciate the age if you are still offering this help? Based on the lenses it should be early to mid nineties but confirmation would be great.

Thanks,

Tim

Bob Salomon
21-Jul-2012, 07:43
After 1993

tedforse
21-Jul-2012, 16:48
Hi Bob! I just inherited a camera from my uncle and would love to know the year and model. There is a number on the drop bed is 9907 and there is a number on the shoe on top 81837.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Bob Salomon
22-Jul-2012, 03:23
Hi Bob! I just inherited a camera from my uncle and would love to know the year and model. There is a number on the drop bed is 9907 and there is a number on the shoe on top 81837.

Thanks in advance for your help!
Super Technika V late 62/early 63.

Tim Martin
22-Jul-2012, 03:36
Thanks Bob!

tedforse
22-Jul-2012, 08:53
Bob- Thanks for your help!

kicvincent
22-Jul-2012, 10:30
Hello Bob!

I saw my 4x5 Technika V with three numbers: view finder shoe#2151801, drop bed #314368, body base inside#314260.
So, which number is actual one? may I know the year?

thanks in advance,

Bob Salomon
22-Jul-2012, 11:02
2151801

1969

Stefanel
25-Jul-2012, 10:36
Hei Bob, ich bin neu hier, hallo erstmal!
Ich möchte eie Linhof kaufen, sie hat diese Nummer : 6465110
Was für eine?
Vielen Dank in voraus!
S-

Stefanel
25-Jul-2012, 10:51
Hei Bob, ich bin neu hier, hallo erstmal!
Ich möchte eie Linhof kaufen, sie hat diese Nummer : 6465110
Was für eine?
Vielen Dank in voraus!
S-

Sorry, I´ve been speaking German... as a french guy living in Berlin, I just mix everything here :)
I just wanted to say "Hi" because I´m new here and I ´ll start photographying with LF...may be a Linhof number 6465110.
I was wondering when it´s been constructed.
Thanks!
S-

jeanne richey
25-Jul-2012, 11:48
Just post the serial number here, and wait for Bob Salomon to respond. With anything Linhof that's the easiest way to get answers!

(Thanks, Bob!)

We need to know about our Linhof Technika camera, seriel number 66492. Can you help us please. Thank you, Jeanne

mortensen
10-Aug-2012, 06:48
Hi Bob,
my recently purchased (and rangerfinder debated :) ) Technika V: 2181155
thanks a bunch!

Bob Salomon
10-Aug-2012, 08:05
1974/75

mortensen
10-Aug-2012, 08:12
Interesting... just before the 'Master' set in. Thanks

Hervo
14-Aug-2012, 14:07
Hello from Germany

any information on serial number 15946?

which model which year

all the best

Hervo

Bob Salomon
14-Aug-2012, 15:45
4x5 Technika III 1957/58

Michael_4514
2-Sep-2012, 04:04
Hi Bob,

60548. What can you tell me about this camera?

Thanks a million.

Mike

Bob Salomon
2-Sep-2012, 04:11
Not a valid number. Did you copy it correctly or leave out a letter?

Michael_4514
2-Sep-2012, 10:34
That's the number on the flash bracket on top of the camera body. I've looked all over and cannot find any other number.

The person I bought it from said it was some version post III, not quite IV, but he made it sound as if it was III.5 or something. I never gave it much thought, but have always been a little curious about it.

Mike

Bob Salomon
2-Sep-2012, 10:37
1956/57 III.

There was a III and then there was a IV.

bfraik
2-Sep-2012, 22:29
I too have a pre 1945 6x9 Linhof Technika. Trying to date it. Serial number is 14259. Has the D.R.P. and D.R.G.M. markings. Additionally has "H. H. Zander" stamped using same font as D.R.P. marks. Hugo Meyer lens Nr.960359. Also has a brown leather carrying case.

I am the second owner, have had the camera since about 1969. First owner won it as a prize in a German photo contest when he was a kid.

Any help identifying would be appreciated

Bob Salomon
3-Sep-2012, 03:01
There are no records of pre 1945 cameras.

Honkytonky
3-Sep-2012, 08:01
Hi Bob,

now I have a #-question for you after reading here for many years without registration.
A few years ago you answered the question of another member about the letter 'B' (nothing else) as the serial number of his 'Linhof Universalsucher Technika'. You told him that it is a special version for the 'B'iogon lens.
Now I realized, the finder for my Technika III 26449 has just the letter 'A' (nothing else) at the shoe and the number 3578288 on the barrel.
It is the version for 13x18 cm (left) and 9x12 cm (right).
What does it mean? When were camera and finder produced?
7982979830
Regards

Frank

Bob Salomon
3-Sep-2012, 08:16
No idea why the used an A. They use a letter on many current cameras.

The 4x5 III was made from Oct 1946 to Oct 1960.
The 5x7 III was made from July 1954 to Jun 1956.

We have no serial numbers for finders or lenses and I have no record for 26449.

MacFerret
12-Sep-2012, 05:20
Hi, i recently bought a Linhof 4x5 Camera with this serial numbers 5949. When was this camera produce?

Thanks!

Perek
12-Sep-2012, 05:35
Hi,

I have got 3 Linhofs after my late father that I intend to sell. However I am not sure about the actual models.
The serial numbers are:

1. 2111064
2. 53067
3. 50132

Would very much appreciate to know what models they are etc.

Best regards
Per Ekstrom

Bob Salomon
12-Sep-2012, 06:34
Hi, i recently bought a Linhof 4x5 Camera with this serial numbers 5949. When was this camera produce?

Thanks!

1949/1950 Technika III

Bob Salomon
12-Sep-2012, 06:36
[QUOTE=Perek;931294]Hi,

I have got 3 Linhofs after my late father that I intend to sell. However I am not sure about the actual models.
The serial numbers are:

1. 2111064 Jan 1965 Technika V
2. 53067 1956/57 Technika III
3. 50132 Sept 1955 Technika III

Perek
14-Sep-2012, 07:31
[QUOTE=Perek;931294]Hi,

I have got 3 Linhofs after my late father that I intend to sell. However I am not sure about the actual models.
The serial numbers are:

1. 2111064 Jan 1965 Technika V
2. 53067 1956/57 Technika III
3. 50132 Sept 1955 Technika III


Thanks a lot. Appreciate it.

// Per

scm
24-Sep-2012, 23:11
Can you put a date on the serial number 62811, Bob?

Thanks,
scm

Bob Salomon
24-Sep-2012, 23:37
1957 Super Technika IV.

scm
24-Sep-2012, 23:43
Thank you, Bob.

fireboy
15-Oct-2012, 22:46
Hi Bob,

I have an SK Tele Arton 270 f5.5 in a Linhof Compur shutter. SN 6221447. Soft wide open, but absolutely wonderful.

Any idea on age?

Bob Salomon
16-Oct-2012, 02:00
Hi Bob,

I have an SK Tele Arton 270 f5.5 in a Linhof Compur shutter. SN 6221447. Soft wide open, but absolutely wonderful.

Any idea on age?

Sorry, I only have camera serial numbers. For a Schneider lens check with Schneider.

fireboy
19-Oct-2012, 10:05
Sorry, I only have camera serial numbers. For a Schneider lens check with Schneider.

found another link, that worked. Lens is from 1959.

BTMarcais
4-Nov-2012, 21:41
Bob- what would the date be for s/n 62802, Super Technika IV?
Thanks,
-Brian

Bob Salomon
5-Nov-2012, 03:52
Bob- what would the date be for s/n 62802, Super Technika IV?
Thanks,
-Brian

1958 Super Technika V

BTMarcais
5-Nov-2012, 06:41
Interesting, since it definitely has the IV's front movements (knob rise, not a lever), the red stripes on the front standard, lens AND body serial #s on the rf cam, and the graflite port on the top of the rf. Any ideas? Overlapping models that year?
-Brian

Bob Salomon
5-Nov-2012, 10:52
No, probably means someone swithched the accessory shoe. That is where you got the number from, correct?

BTMarcais
5-Nov-2012, 11:34
Yes. Any other place it would have a s/n hidden?
The number on the cam does match the number on the shoe...
-Brian

Bob Salomon
5-Nov-2012, 14:16
There is a number under the leather that a service technician can check. But Linhof did not make half way models. If yours has the knob rise and the IV standard then it is a IV.

All V's have the lever for rise as well as more movement.

Since you are in Alameda you could take it up to Walnut Creek and have Camera's West take a look at it.

Tin Can
5-Nov-2012, 19:45
Hi Bob, Late to the party. I just obtained 2 Linhof Kardan Color cameras. Would you be so kind as to date them?

6x9 # 10249
8x10 # 91586

I am not finding much info on these online. I plan to buy THE LINHOF CAMERA STORY book.

Thank you!


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Bob Salomon
6-Nov-2012, 04:41
Hi Bob, Late to the party. I just obtained 2 Linhof Kardan Color cameras. Would you be so kind as to date them?

6x9 # 10249 1960
8x10 # 91586 1960

I am not finding much info on these online. I plan to buy THE LINHOF CAMERA STORY book.

Thank you!


83077830788307983080

Roger Hesketh
13-Nov-2012, 22:27
Hello Bob

I would appreciate your help in identifying a camera please it is an early model 5x7 Technika. I am not sure if it is a II or a III. The serial number is 22124 and on the top of the camera back is stamped D.R.P. and D.R.G.M.

83465

It has had a Graflex Graflock back retrofitted at some point.

83466

I would like to if possible fit a 5x7 back to the camera again. Now I have a 5x7 back, pictured below, which I use with my Kardan Color monorails. 5x7 serial number 1368 and 8x10 serial number 092343. Is that a Technika back please? if so it would appear to me to be slightly too large to be adapted to fit.The edges overlap . Is their a smaller 5x7 back please? I am anticipating you will say no but I live in hope.

83467

Also I would be grateful if you could give me a build date for the monorails. I suspect they both hail from the early '60s.
I'd like to thank you in anticipation of any trouble you may take on my behalf.

Roger

Bob Salomon
14-Nov-2012, 03:04
Can't help with cameras made before WW II ended and DRP and DRGM are marks of the 3rd Reich which indicates pre or during WW II.

1368 - late 1959 to early 1960.
92343 - Apr. 1964.

Roger Hesketh
14-Nov-2012, 03:22
Thank you.

EH21
17-Nov-2012, 00:10
Hi,
I have just purchased a 13x18/5x7 Technika with side rangefinder serial #39641 and I wondered what I have? I think its a Technika III ?

I am looking for a 4x5 reducing back for this as well as a folding focusing screen hood if anyone knows of any.

Thanks,
Eric

Bob Salomon
17-Nov-2012, 03:20
The Technika III from Jun 1956. This was one of the last ones before the IV replaced it later in June 56.