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Morgan Henry
30-Apr-2004, 21:50
I have a Linhof 4X5 Technika Master I am trying to get additional information on(year made, value, etc) and am wondering if there is a reference site or person to contact. Many thanks

Ole Tjugen
30-Apr-2004, 22:01
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!)

Morgan Henry
30-Apr-2004, 22:10
The serial number is B531279. I had seen Bob's name in several of the discussions but felt that he might be over burdened with this sort of thing. I appreciate whatever info. Bob or anyone might have on the camera. Many thanks.

Bob Salomon
2-May-2004, 03:33
B531279

1992

Morgan Henry
2-May-2004, 11:28
Thank you Bob, much appreciated.

Michael Shapiro
18-Aug-2004, 16:23
Could you help with this Linhof serial number from a Technika 70? 91101

Bob Salomon
18-Aug-2004, 16:41
"91101"

1962/63

David A. Goldfarb
18-Aug-2004, 16:55
While you're on the phone, Bob--Tech V, 2181621?

(I actually ordered a copy of _The Linhof Camera Story_ from Linhof thinking it would have this information--useful book, but no serial number table.)

John McKee
30-Nov-2004, 23:29
<h2>Linhof Technika
Serial No. 89144</h2>



There is a "B" below the serial number...
What model and when was it manufactured?



Thanks...

Bob Salomon
1-Dec-2004, 02:19
2181621

1974 or 75

David A. Goldfarb
1-Dec-2004, 06:24
Thanks, Bob. That's a little later than I thought. Did Tech V 4x5" and Master Tech production overlap for a few years?

Peter Galea
1-Dec-2004, 07:08
One more Bob, please.
Master 2000. C541396.

Bob Salomon
1-Dec-2004, 07:43
C541396

Should be about 1994

ernest_1189
8-Dec-2005, 10:43
Hi Bob. What year of my Linhof Master Technika with serial no. 6481275?
Thanks
Ernest

Bob Salomon
8-Dec-2005, 13:21
6481275 = 1979

ernest_1189
9-Dec-2005, 07:34
Hi Bob, please tell me what is the different between the Master technika version 1979 and the current version? Which one is better when consider the material? Actually what kind of the material assembly of LF, are they durable? Thanks
Ernest

John_4185
9-Dec-2005, 10:29
I have a Linhof Color serial number #4321

Howzat for cool?

Bob Salomon
9-Dec-2005, 11:20
4321 is about 1960.

There have been many changes in the Master not the least of which is the Master technika 2000 with built-in focusing for 35mm and longer lenses instead of a built-in rangefinder.

As for the Master Technika Classic model knobs have changed, placement of the strap lugs is different, the way the Universal Back attaches to the camera is different, the company that made the cable release that mounted to the drop bed was liquidated so the holes the release mounted to are no longer there.

Things have changed internally also as had the processes used to make the castings and work the castings. Also there are differences in internal parts as the original Master technika was introduced in 1976 so over that long a time span many changes take place.

Which is best? The current ones of course.

Forrest Atkins
5-Dec-2006, 17:03
Bob,
If you please, would appreciate info regarding age and confirmation whether Linhof in fact made this model without rangefinder. The serial number is: 4711069.
Thanks for your patience and support with these types of inquiries.

Bob Salomon
6-Dec-2006, 06:55
Bob,
If you please, would appreciate info regarding age and confirmation whether Linhof in fact made this model without rangefinder. The serial number is: 4711069.
Thanks for your patience and support with these types of inquiries.

TECHNIKA V FROM 1967. It was made without the rangefinder.

photographs42
6-Dec-2006, 11:04
Here is a link that might be of interest here.
Jerome
http://www.cameraquest.com/techs.htm

Christopher Perez
6-Dec-2006, 11:08
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.


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

photographs42
6-Dec-2006, 11:14
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

Chauncey Walden
6-Dec-2006, 12:49
Bob, another one not in the Cameraquest list, please. Looks like a III with a serial of 566x.

Bob Salomon
6-Dec-2006, 15:01
Bob, another one not in the Cameraquest list, please. Looks like a III with a serial of 566x.

1947 to 49.

photographs42
6-Dec-2006, 18:13
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

Forrest Atkins
6-Dec-2006, 19:30
Much thanks to Bob for answering my questions. FWIW, I also sent/received a quick response from: info@linhof.de
Thanks again
Forrest

Bob Salomon
7-Dec-2006, 08:17
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.

Thanks,
Jerome

photographs42
7-Dec-2006, 08:38
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

Christopher Perez
7-Dec-2006, 09:16
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?

photographs42
7-Dec-2006, 10:52
Christopher,
That sounds like my older one. The SN on mine is on the focusing track (I think). I’ll take some snaps of it tonight.
Jerome

Christopher Perez
7-Dec-2006, 12:04
Ah. Maybe a snap or two from your camera would help me find what I'm looking for. I'll take a pair of reading glasses and inspect the focusing rails again.


Christopher,
That sounds like my older one. The SN on mine is on the focusing track (I think). I’ll take some snaps of it tonight.
Jerome

C.R. Herpich
7-Dec-2006, 13:11
Bob, how about 4x5 Technika IV #65154?

Bob Salomon
7-Dec-2006, 17:29
Bob, how about 4x5 Technika IV #65154?

±1958

photographs42
7-Dec-2006, 18:57
Here are a few pics of my old 5x7. Christopher, yours may be older if it doesn't have an articulated back.
Jerome

photographs42
7-Dec-2006, 19:01
And a few more.
Jerome

Christopher Perez
7-Dec-2006, 20:52
Very interesting. There are certain similarities. The body and drop bed, as well as the color of the scales. You're right about the articulated back. Mine is so much simpler than your's. The logo is on a small plate at the front edge of the top focusing rail. Mine doesn't have the large stamped logo like your's. Hmmm... I still can't see a serial number. Maybe I need better light and my reading glasses afterall... :)

What year did you say your's was made? And what model is it?


Here are a few pics of my old 5x7. Christopher, yours may be older if it doesn't have an articulated back.
Jerome

photographs42
7-Dec-2006, 21:12
Bob Salomon indicated it did not show up on his records which are from 1946 onward. Maybe the photos will help him identify it.

Does yours take regular film holders?

Jerome

Christopher Perez
23-Dec-2006, 10:35
Bob,

Sorry to bother you over the Holidays. But if you're following this, how about #471x?

Kirk Keyes pointed out the obvious (and to which several others on this thread have also pointed to). He found the serial number for me. :)

Bob Salomon
23-Dec-2006, 11:30
Chris,

That would be a III from 1948 or so.

Kirk Keyes
23-Dec-2006, 23:45
Chris -

Notice that photographs42's camera has the same knob on the front rise that I thought looked non-original - I guess it is original!

Cool camera - thanks for the tour yesterday!

Kirk

David A. Goldfarb
24-Dec-2006, 06:52
I had an old Tech II 4x5" very much like the 5x7" above for a while, and it had that knob for the geared front rise, and there was also geared shift, drop bed, forward front tilt, and the Linhof technical back.

It was a very neat, compact, light field camera. The lensboards were flat, so I made a bunch of them out of modeling plywood.

khtwo
10-Feb-2007, 21:48
Linhof Master Technika 4x5 6441260. What's the manufracturing year? Thanks, bob.

Bob Salomon
11-Feb-2007, 01:07
Linhof Master Technika 4x5 6441260. What's the manufracturing year? Thanks, bob.

1972

Tony Lakin
11-Feb-2007, 03:02
Hi Bob
I have got another one for you, a late Technica III which I purchased secondhand in about 1967, it has never let me down in all these years and I would really like to know how old she is, the serial number is 59881

Much appreciated

Regards

Bob Salomon
11-Feb-2007, 04:11
Hi Bob
I have got another one for you, a late Technica III which I purchased secondhand in about 1967, it has never let me down in all these years and I would really like to know how old she is, the serial number is 59881

Much appreciated

Regards

±1953

Eric Rose
11-Feb-2007, 09:50
Bob, can you post a document that would give us a wide date range. Something like Schneider does for their lenses. Would be easier than having to ask for either and ever camera anyone has.

Bob Salomon
11-Feb-2007, 10:23
Bob, can you post a document that would give us a wide date range. Something like Schneider does for their lenses. Would be easier than having to ask for either and ever camera anyone has.

The only one I have is on a Palm Pilot and I can't post it. But you are welcome to ask.

James Olson
11-Feb-2007, 13:25
I have a Kardan M with serial number A691100
Thanks
Jim

Bob Salomon
11-Feb-2007, 13:50
I have a Kardan M with serial number A691100
Thanks
Jim

Kardan M was made for the millenium. It was the Kardan E before and after that. We purchased an additional complete production run in 2001 for the USA market only.

Thierry Schreiner
13-Feb-2007, 19:07
Technika 13x18

No 33567

No 33683

Thank you in advance and best regards

Thierry

Bob Salomon
14-Feb-2007, 02:57
Technika 13x18

No 33567

No 33683

Thank you in advance and best regards

Thierry

Technika II from 1949

Stan Snowball
13-Jun-2008, 04:28
Hi Bob, Another one if you could help. SN 79693 (# on accessory shoe) - a Super technica V? Thanks and regards, Stan.

dcuthbert
23-Jun-2008, 09:11
Bob you are a unsung hero for doing this, so if you get the chance, would you be able to help me decipher mine?

The serial number on the shoe is 48960 and on the lens it is B706181 (the end number could be a 1, the paint is a little faded)

I'm gathering it's a Technika III, but not 100% sure. It has the range finder, but I'm a little unsure which model exactly.

If anyone can help, i'd greatly appreciate it!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/2603868435_2741e5763c_m.jpg

Peter K
23-Jun-2008, 09:59
There is only one difference between the Super Technika III and IV 6,5x9cm: to remove the back from the III one has to move four sliders, with the IV it's only one lever.

Bob Salomon
23-Jun-2008, 10:02
Hi Bob, Another one if you could help. SN 79693 (# on accessory shoe) - a Super technica V? Thanks and regards, Stan.

1963 or 64 V.

Bob Salomon
23-Jun-2008, 10:05
Bob you are a unsung hero for doing this, so if you get the chance, would you be able to help me decipher mine?

The serial number on the shoe is 48960 and on the lens it is B706181 (the end number could be a 1, the paint is a little faded)

I'm gathering it's a Technika III, but not 100% sure. It has the range finder, but I'm a little unsure which model exactly.

If anyone can help, i'd greatly appreciate it!

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3160/2603868435_2741e5763c_m.jpg
49000 was a Technika III made in June of 1955. I can't find a 48960. Are you sure that is the number?

dcuthbert
23-Jun-2008, 10:08
The number on top of the shoe is 48960, other than that, I cannot seem to find any other serial number anywhere.

boris
23-Jun-2008, 17:03
many thanks in advace...

linhof technika 13x18 #39514

Bob Salomon
24-Jun-2008, 04:17
many thanks in advace...

linhof technika 13x18 #39514

III 1955/56

antoinetictac
5-Jul-2008, 00:04
I have a Linhof 4X5 Technika Master is it possible to have additional information on(year made, value, etc) The serial nuber is 6481304.

Bob Salomon
5-Jul-2008, 01:33
I have a Linhof 4X5 Technika Master is it possible to have additional information on(year made, value, etc) The serial nuber is 6481304.

You sure that is a 3?

antoinetictac
5-Jul-2008, 03:43
Yes i am sure of it, thanks.

Bob Salomon
5-Jul-2008, 05:27
Yes i am sure of it, thanks.

6481050 to 6481299 were made in 1988.

There is no camera with your serial number in my lists from the factory.

Sven Schroder
5-Jul-2008, 06:35
Hi Bob
On its way to me is a Linhof Technika 5x4 Serial number 41753, I bought it for the lens a 150 Heliar which I hope is matched to the RF. Ebay item 220253718721
Thanks and Regards
Sven

Bob Salomon
5-Jul-2008, 07:04
Hi Bob
On its way to me is a Linhof Technika 5x4 Serial number 41753, I bought it for the lens a 150 Heliar which I hope is matched to the RF. Ebay item 220253718721
Thanks and Regards
Sven

That was the number for a Technika Standard Press from 1950.

Sven Schroder
5-Jul-2008, 07:10
Bob
Thanks for the info.
Regards
Sven

antoinetictac
6-Jul-2008, 00:54
Thank you for your quick answer, Antoine.

Graymaster
7-Jul-2008, 16:35
I have a linhof that needs dating. The serial number is 37084. Thanks ahead of time.

Bob Salomon
7-Jul-2008, 16:56
I have a linhof that needs dating. The serial number is 37084. Thanks ahead of time.

Feb. 1953 possibly Jan.

Graymaster
7-Jul-2008, 17:12
Feb. 1953 possibly Jan.

What model are we talking about??

Bob Salomon
7-Jul-2008, 17:14
What model are we talking about??

III

Graymaster
7-Jul-2008, 17:19
III

Thats what I was thinking, but wasnt sure. Thanks Bob.

resummerfield
7-Jul-2008, 17:50
Hi Bob,

Could you please provide a manufacturing date for these 2 cameras…..

5x7 model V Technicka, sn 2541064, and
5x7 model V Super Technicka, sn 2421090

Thanks!

clay harmon
7-Jul-2008, 18:28
Bob,

while you have your list out:


4x5 : 6441056

and a 5x7 : 2431126 Is this a 5x7 Tech V?

seabird
11-Jul-2008, 21:32
Bob,

What age is my Tech IV s/no 76076 (still going strong)

Thanks in advance

beegee
15-Jul-2008, 12:56
<h2>Linhof Technika
Serial No. 89144</h2>



There is a "B" below the serial number...
What model and when was it manufactured?



Thanks...

about 1961-62 You have a Tech IV 2x3 with rangefinder.
The "B" is for Biogon. that particular version has a different finder , so you the 53mm Biogon. ser# without B , they use the 65mm angulons

Bob Salomon
16-Jul-2008, 13:01
Bob,

What age is my Tech IV s/no 76076 (still going strong)

Thanks in advance

1956

Bob Salomon
16-Jul-2008, 13:04
Bob,

while you have your list out:


4x5 : 6441056 1974

and a 5x7 : 2431126 Is this a 5x7 Tech V? Yes 1967/68

Bob Salomon
16-Jul-2008, 13:05
Hi Bob,

Could you please provide a manufacturing date for these 2 cameras…..

5x7 model V Technicka, sn 2541064, After 1983
and
5x7 model V Super Technicka, sn 2421090 1976

Thanks!

naondo
26-Jul-2008, 07:20
I have a tan color Linhof 2X3(technika IV?) without rangefinder.
There is a number 49768 on the accesory shoe.
When was it made?

Bob Salomon
26-Jul-2008, 07:35
I have a tan color Linhof 2X3(technika IV?) without rangefinder.
There is a number 49768 on the accesory shoe.
When was it made?

Technika III 1955. The last one of the series was 49799 so yours is close to the end of the production

naondo
26-Jul-2008, 09:20
Thank you for your answer very quickly.

naondo
26-Jul-2008, 09:44
Technika III 1955. The last one of the series was 49799 so yours is close to the end of the production

Thanks Bob!
I understand that technika III usually is in Black Leather and has four buttons to release the back.
But my technika 23 is in Tan Leather and has one lever to release the back.
Hmmm...It's mystery.
And how many technika 23s without rangefinder are made?
Sorry for many questions.

Bob Salomon
26-Jul-2008, 09:55
Thanks Bob!
I understand that technika III usually is in Black Leather and has four buttons to release the back.
But my technika 23 is in Tan Leather and has one lever to release the back.
Hmmm...It's mystery.
And how many technika 23s without rangefinder are made?
Sorry for many questions.

Sorry but those cameras are so old that we have no specific information on the series. There was a camera called a Study Camera 69 that was similar to the Super Technika III and IV but had no rangefinder or viewfinder. I do have a picture of it so if you can post a picture of your camera we can tell if it is the same.

But the serial number that you posted is from a III.

Peter K
26-Jul-2008, 13:15
I understand that technika III usually is in Black Leather and has four buttons to release the back.
But my technika 23 is in Tan Leather and has one lever to release the back.
Hmmm...It's mystery.
And how many technika 23s without rangefinder are made?
Sorry for many questions.
The Technika III 4x5" was normaly in black leather, but on special order every other color was possible.
The Technika III 5x7" was made in black and red leather. Also the bellows was red.
The Technika III and IV 2x3" was made in black, tan with black bellows, green with green bellows and red with red bellows.
Every Technika was also aviable without rangefinder.

The Technika 2x3" with the lever to release the back is a Technika IV

naondo
26-Jul-2008, 21:53
Thank you Bob and Peter.
Great informations for me.
I take some pictures of my technika 23.
It seems to gray color rather than tan.
Are they useful for judgement?

Peter K
26-Jul-2008, 23:28
It's a Technika IV without rangefinder. The only difference between a III and IV is the lever. The III has four sliders to remove the back.

Bob Salomon
27-Jul-2008, 04:27
Thank you Bob and Peter.
Great informations for me.
I take some pictures of my technika 23.
It seems to gray color rather than tan.
Are they useful for judgement?

It looks very much like the Technika Study camera on pg 96 of the second edition of The Linhof Camera Story.

It does not look very much like the Study Camera 70 on page 74 of the same book. But there is still that serial number that is from a III.

Too bad you wouldn't have a matched cam to see if it has the same serial number as your camera. The back system is from the IV.

Peter K
27-Jul-2008, 05:14
Bob, the study camera has the same body as the Technika 70. Also the red lines left and right from the lens shows the camera is a Technika IV. A Technika without a rangefinder has no cams. Also the cams of the Technika III and IV where only marked with the serial number of the lenses but not the camera number.

At page 29 in the first Linhof-book "Linhof-Praxis" from 1958, as I know also aviable in english in this time, one can find this camera, labeled as "Technika 6,5x9 without rangefinder".

Bob Salomon
27-Jul-2008, 06:49
Bob, the study camera has the same body as the Technika 70. Also the red lines left and right from the lens shows the camera is a Technika IV. A Technika without a rangefinder has no cams. Also the cams of the Technika III and IV where only marked with the serial number of the lenses but not the camera number.

At page 29 in the first Linhof-book "Linhof-Praxis" from 1958, as I know also aviable in english in this time, one can find this camera, labeled as "Technika 6,5x9 without rangefinder".

Peter,

There was the Study camera based on the Technika III/IV 69 camera. And then there was the Study Camera 70 based on the Technika 70. These are two different cameras.

E. von Hoegh
27-Jul-2008, 07:35
Bob, the study camera has the same body as the Technika 70. Also the red lines left and right from the lens shows the camera is a Technika IV. A Technika without a rangefinder has no cams. Also the cams of the Technika III and IV where only marked with the serial number of the lenses but not the camera number.

At page 29 in the first Linhof-book "Linhof-Praxis" from 1958, as I know also aviable in english in this time, one can find this camera, labeled as "Technika 6,5x9 without rangefinder".

The cams for my Tech IV are marked with the number of the lens and the number of the camera body. It is a factory matched 3 lens outfit that I purchased from the original owner.

Peter K
27-Jul-2008, 08:12
The cams for my Tech IV are marked with the number of the lens and the number of the camera body. It is a factory matched 3 lens outfit that I purchased from the original owner.
The Technika 4x5" uses different cams as the Technika 2x3". Also some cams are marked with the camera number, others are not. Some times ago I've found a box with cams at a photo fair, so I've more cams as cameras. :)

wilpix
11-Aug-2008, 04:37
I have a question for Bob Salomon. I have bought a Linhof Technika 5x7 inch (13x18 cm) with serial number 3289. I would like to know what year this camera is built. By linhof Germany they suspect that it is a pre war model ( before WW 2). But the are not sur. Thanks and greatings, Wim Mulder.

Bob Salomon
11-Aug-2008, 12:25
serial number 3289

Technika II about 1947

hka
16-Aug-2008, 08:27
Question for Bob Salomon in case of a Linhof Technika, I think its a number V but I am not sure, with #2191158.
If you also know when it's build than I am completely happy.
Thanks for your time.

Harry

Sideshow Bob
16-Aug-2008, 10:09
Hi Bob,
Could you give me a date for these two?
Tech IV 66058
Kardan Bi 3721092

Is there a difference between the Kardan B and the Kardan Bi?

Thanks,
Gale

Bob Salomon
16-Aug-2008, 10:15
Question for Bob Salomon in case of a Linhof Technika, I think its a number V but I am not sure, with #2191158.
If you also know when it's build than I am completely happy.
Thanks for your time.

Harry

1975 ST V

Bob Salomon
16-Aug-2008, 10:17
Hi Bob,
Could you give me a date for these two?
Tech IV 66058 1958/59
Kardan Bi 3721092 1981/82

Is there a difference between the Kardan B and the Kardan Bi?

Thanks,
Gale

EuGene Smith
18-Aug-2008, 05:48
I have been following this very educational thread about the Technicas, but am quite confused by one curious thing . . . many of the postings show a quote from someone asking about their camera, but the answer (which would normally appear below the quote) is missing. What gives?

Eu

Bob Salomon
18-Aug-2008, 10:15
Hi Bob,
Could you give me a date for these two?
Tech IV 66058
Kardan Bi 3721092

Is there a difference between the Kardan B and the Kardan Bi?

Thanks,
Gale

Gale,

The B and the Bi are the same camera. Some called it by one name and other by the other.

Bob Salomon
18-Aug-2008, 10:16
I have been following this very educational thread about the Technicas, but am quite confused by one curious thing . . . many of the postings show a quote from someone asking about their camera, but the answer (which would normally appear below the quote) is missing. What gives?

Eu

I got lazy with Gale's question and put the answer next to the serial numbers rather then below the post as usual.

EuGene Smith
19-Aug-2008, 12:48
DUH! I never thought to read the quote more closely . . . in fact I didn't know you could imbed the answer in the quote . . . and now I've been hit between the eyes by a B.G.O.

EuGene

P.S.: B.G.O. = Blinding Glimpse [of the] Obvious

Renato Tonelli
25-Aug-2008, 19:51
I can't resist. Bob, how about these?
4x5 B581348
6x9 A711051

Thank you for taking the time.

I used the 6x9 this Summer for the first time with both the roll film holder and the film sheet holders. I am hoping to find a 6x6 roll film holder for it as well.

Brian Sims
25-Aug-2008, 20:26
Bob,

The only number I can find on my Technikardan is on the flash bracket on the front standard. It is 9861169. Is that the ser. No? If so what's the date for my camera? If not, where do I find it?

Thanks so much.

LH1H17
31-Aug-2008, 08:26
One more date request please...

I have a grey Linhof Super Technika (V?) with number #82515 on the flash bracket,
with a matching Linhof branded Voigthlander Apo Lanthar 150mm f/4.5 #6540854

Thanks Bob! :)

Bob Salomon
31-Aug-2008, 08:39
I can't resist. Bob, how about these?
4x5 B581348

After 1994

6x9 A711051

After 1992

Thank you for taking the time.

I used the 6x9 this Summer for the first time with both the roll film holder and the film sheet holders. I am hoping to find a 6x6 roll film holder for it as well.

Bob Salomon
31-Aug-2008, 08:40
Bob,

The only number I can find on my Technikardan is on the flash bracket on the front standard. It is 9861169. Is that the ser. No? If so what's the date for my camera? If not, where do I find it?

Thanks so much.

TK 45?
TK 45S?
TX 23?
TK 23S?

Bob Salomon
31-Aug-2008, 08:41
One more date request please...

I have a grey Linhof Super Technika (V?) with number #82515 on the flash bracket,
with a matching Linhof branded Voigthlander Apo Lanthar 150mm f/4.5 #6540854

Thanks Bob! :)

1962

Brian Sims
31-Aug-2008, 09:32
Bob, it's a TK45. # 9861169
Thanks

Bob Salomon
31-Aug-2008, 10:53
Bob, it's a TK45. # 9861169
Thanks

After 1992

Scott Sharp
8-Sep-2008, 17:34
Hi Bob,

1) Could I get the year for a Master Tech Ser. #6421134
2) When was the first year for the Master Technika?
3) What was the last year for the Technika V?

Thanks,

Bob Salomon
9-Sep-2008, 03:46
Hi Bob,

1) Could I get the year for a Master Tech Ser. #6421134
2) When was the first year for the Master Technika?
3) What was the last year for the Technika V?

Thanks,

1973

1972

1972

hka
9-Sep-2008, 07:38
Thanks Bob nice service.

Carioca
9-Sep-2008, 10:08
Hi Bob,
didn't really wanted to bug you, but couldn't find a close match to my serial in the previous posts, so here I go:

Master Tech. 71929
I guess it's a IV model?

Thanks,
Sidney

Bob Salomon
9-Sep-2008, 11:08
Hi Bob,
didn't really wanted to bug you, but couldn't find a close match to my serial in the previous posts, so here I go:

Master Tech. 71929
I guess it's a IV model?

Thanks,
Sidney

Super Technika IV from about 1959. The series this camera is part of was made from Oct. of 56 to May of 63 and this serial number is about midway in the series.

Carioca
9-Sep-2008, 11:21
Thanks!
Damn, this camera is older than me...

Scott Sharp
9-Sep-2008, 11:40
Many thanks Bob, you're an invaluable resource for Linhof owners.

naondo
10-Sep-2008, 06:44
Can anyone tell me Linhof Superwide camera?

Bob Salomon
10-Sep-2008, 06:52
Can anyone tell me Linhof Superwide camera?

Which one?

Technorama 617
Technorama 617S
Technorama 617S III
Technorama 612 PC
Technorama 612 PC II

naondo
10-Sep-2008, 07:02
No, please see this picture.

Peter K
10-Sep-2008, 07:27
It's a "Wide-angle 65", derivated from the Technika-Press, without viewfinder. The Super-Angulon 1:8/65mm in a helical focussing mount. Buildt from 1966 on.

naondo
10-Sep-2008, 08:11
It's a "Wide-angle 65", derivated from the Technika-Press, without viewfinder. The Super-Angulon 1:8/65mm in a helical focussing mount. Buildt from 1966 on.

Thanks Peter,

Peter K
10-Sep-2008, 09:06
Also the year 1966 is mentioned in "The Linhof Camera Book", the camera should be some years older, 1961 or so. 1963 Linhof introduced the Technika 70 and the Press 70 with a different body, but the WW65 has the Technika-Press body. So why not look at Schneider's website http://www.schneider-kreuznach.com/service/serie.htm for the production year of the Super-Angulon 1:8/65mm?

Bob Salomon
10-Sep-2008, 11:09
Also the year 1966 is mentioned in "The Linhof Camera Book", the camera should be some years older, 1961 or so. 1963 Linhof introduced the Technika 70 and the Press 70 with a different body, but the WW65 has the Technika-Press body. So why not look at Schneider's website http://www.schneider-kreuznach.com/service/serie.htm for the production year of the Super-Angulon 1:8/65mm?

The Wideangle Studio Camera was made for one year. From Oct. 1960 to Oct. 1961.

The serial numbers would be no higher then 100,619

mauzerjp
13-Sep-2008, 02:34
Hi,

I just bought a Linhof Technika with serial number 2,191,454. Please tell me if it is Technika V and when it was made.

Thanks.

CamKoroluk
19-Jan-2009, 09:29
serial # 2285301?

Bob Salomon
19-Jan-2009, 11:31
serial # 2285301?

Is that the number on the accessory shoe? What size camera? Is this a Technika or a Kardan or a panoramic or and aerial?

Michael Nagl
19-Jan-2009, 11:32
If only I was able to find that number on my 8x10 Bi-Kardan...
Do you happen to know how many of them were made?
Thanks!
M

chevy927
24-Jan-2009, 18:15
I have a Linhof Camera Serial number 19888 and I don't know what it is. This number is from the door, no number on the accessory shoe. Can you help me?

Peter K
25-Jan-2009, 02:33
If only I was able to find that number on my 8x10 Bi-Kardan...
It's on the accessory shoe of the front standart.

MARIO CARA
30-Jan-2009, 07:34
could I get the year for a Linhof Color Ser. #3440?

Thanks

From,
MARIO CARA

Bob Salomon
30-Jan-2009, 07:42
could I get the year for a Linhof Color Ser. #3440?

Thanks

From,
MARIO CARA

About 1960

Bob Salomon
30-Jan-2009, 07:44
I have a Linhof Camera Serial number 19888 and I don't know what it is. This number is from the door, no number on the accessory shoe. Can you help me?

Linhof made/makes various format cameras. 6x9cm, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10, 6x12cm, 617cm, etc.

When asking for a serial number it would help if you would give the size of the camera as well as the number.

skeporg
23-Feb-2009, 09:38
My Linhof shows the number "61140" engraved in the accessory mount. What have I got? I have various large format lenses on hand, including a few for my Linhof Tech (Super Color) rail. Can I obtain boards/cams from you?

Bob Salomon
23-Feb-2009, 12:18
My Linhof shows the number "61140" engraved in the accessory mount. What have I got? I have various large format lenses on hand, including a few for my Linhof Tech (Super Color) rail. Can I obtain boards/cams from you?

That is a Technika III. Linhof no longer makes boards for this camera.

David Swinnard
26-Feb-2009, 12:08
Hi Bob

My 4x5 Technika (a V?) has the number 2131258. I would appreciate it if you would let me know it's date of birth. I keep telling those who ask that it's not quite as old as me... now I'm curious to actually know.

Thanks, Dave (coming up to a double digit year, and it's not 11)

Bob Salomon
26-Feb-2009, 16:51
Hi Bob

My 4x5 Technika (a V?) has the number 2131258. I would appreciate it if you would let me know it's date of birth. I keep telling those who ask that it's not quite as old as me... now I'm curious to actually know.

Thanks, Dave (coming up to a double digit year, and it's not 11)

1967/68

mozzzaaa
2-Mar-2009, 00:27
Hi Bob,
Can you please tell me what year my Technorama was manufactured with a serial of D121358? Thanks. I'll take a punt at 2001...

Bob Salomon
2-Mar-2009, 03:37
Hi Bob,
Can you please tell me what year my Technorama was manufactured with a serial of D121358? Thanks. I'll take a punt at 2001...

That would be about right.

backspace
4-Mar-2009, 16:40
Dear Mr Salomon,

My 4x5 Linhof has the number 8095x, can you please tell me more about the year and model.

Many thanks in advance,
Steve Back

Bob Salomon
4-Mar-2009, 21:38
Dear Mr Salomon,

My 4x5 Linhof has the number 8095x, can you please tell me more about the year and model.

Many thanks in advance,
Steve Back

Super Technika IV from 1964

Eric Rose
5-Mar-2009, 19:35
Bob, why don't you just post a pdf showing the serial number ranges vs model numbers? At least if it was on the net somewhere we could all access it.

Bob Salomon
5-Mar-2009, 22:16
Bob, why don't you just post a pdf showing the serial number ranges vs model numbers? At least if it was on the net somewhere we could all access it.

The list I have is not mine. It came from Linhof. If they want to post it it would be their decision.

Eric Rose
6-Mar-2009, 18:29
The list I have is not mine. It came from Linhof. If they want to post it it would be their decision.

Have you asked for their permission?

Steve Hamley
11-Mar-2009, 20:07
Bob,

Just picked one up today, amazing story, and my first Technika.

Super Technika IV, #71070

Cheers,

Steve

Eric Rose
12-Mar-2009, 16:30
I emailed Linhof and they say it's against their corporate policy to publish a list of serial numbers ranges vs dates. What's with that??!! Some kind of state secret, geez. Just about every other camera manufacturer doesn't have a problem with it.

Bob Salomon
12-Mar-2009, 16:51
Bob,

Just picked one up today, amazing story, and my first Technika.

Super Technika IV, #71070

Cheers,

Steve

About 1961/62

Bob Salomon
12-Mar-2009, 16:53
I emailed Linhof and they say it's against their corporate policy to publish a list of serial numbers ranges vs dates. What's with that??!! Some kind of state secret, geez. Just about every other camera manufacturer doesn't have a problem with it.

Now you have your answer. The numbers can lead some people to construe production figures and the factory feels that that information is proprietary. Others may elect to make theirs public.

bearskindrum
15-Mar-2009, 02:06
Hi all,great website....I have just bought what I believe is a Super Technika V with 90/150/270 lenses.I have a few questions if you guys could help
1) the only serial number or other number that I can find is on the accessory shoe on the top of the camera 2122187...is this a Kosher serial number? any ideas about year of manufacture?
2)there are 3 distance scales on the lens tracks for 90mm,150mm,and 210mm but only 2 pointers one for the 150 and 210mm...is this normal or am I missing something?
3)the books and online manuals refer to color coded infinity stops for each lens but the only one still colored is the red(central) one on mine...should the 90mm lens be the stop closest to the the cam or the one at the end of the Tracks?
4)Is there a really good book on setup and maintenence Technikas? what about manuals...are they still available?
Kind Regards Mark

Bob Salomon
15-Mar-2009, 06:04
Hi all,great website....I have just bought what I believe is a Super Technika V with 90/150/270 lenses.I have a few questions if you guys could help
1) the only serial number or other number that I can find is on the accessory shoe on the top of the camera 2122187...is this a Kosher serial number? any ideas about year of manufacture?

Yes, 1966

2)there are 3 distance scales on the lens tracks for 90mm,150mm,and 210mm but only 2 pointers one for the 150 and 210mm...is this normal or am I missing something?

You are missing the 90mm focusing scale. You can get it, with it's screws, from Linhof service. Is the scale just missing or is the Focusing Scale Stage broken off? Service can also get you a new one if needed.

3)the books and online manuals refer to color coded infinity stops for each lens but the only one still colored is the red(central) one on mine...should the 90mm lens be the stop closest to the the cam or the one at the end of the Tracks?

Closest if it was properly installed and the cam has the serial number of the lens on it.

4)Is there a really good book on setup and maintenence Technikas? what about manuals...are they still available?
Kind Regards Mark

Master Technika manuals are available. They will work for the V as only the top flap on the camera is the major difference. Minor differences are the placement of some locks and details on removing the entire camera back.

You can contact the Linhof distributor nearest you to order the latest manual and contact the nearest Linhof service center regarding stops, stages and scales.

anaar
5-Apr-2009, 17:35
B531279

1992


Bob,

I also have a Linhof Technika question. I just got my hands on such a camera with a few lenses. etc. The serial number is 2151385. Can you or someone else tell me what this particular model is and the year that it was manufactured, and generally its value? Also, can I get a manual for the camera and have it examined by someone who can tell me whether it is in working order?

Thanks.

Mark Sampson
7-Apr-2009, 16:42
One more; a 6x9 Super Technika III, #43803. I'm guessing 1952.

zwicko
8-Apr-2009, 01:10
May I ask, too?
Kardan GT #A051052 (on the accessory shoe).

Best regards, Zwicko

nophadon_c
9-Apr-2009, 10:24
Hi Bob,

I've got a 4x5 with No.B541227.
Which model is this?
Thanks

Nop

Bob Salomon
9-Apr-2009, 10:52
Hi Bob,

I've got a 4x5 with No.B541227.
Which model is this?
Thanks

Nop

1993

Bob Salomon
9-Apr-2009, 10:53
One more; a 6x9 Super Technika III, #43803. I'm guessing 1952.

1951-52

Isidarmithrim
10-Apr-2009, 14:56
I have been given a linhof and was hoping bob could possible tell me the year? 81150, this number is located where you would mount the eye piece. Any help would be great. Thanks!

Bob Salomon
10-Apr-2009, 14:59
I have been given a linhof and was hoping bob could possible tell me the year? 81150, this number is located where you would mount the eye piece. Any help would be great. Thanks!

1964, assuming you have a 4x5.

Isidarmithrim
10-Apr-2009, 15:04
Yes its a 4x5. Is that a good year?

Bob Salomon
10-Apr-2009, 15:28
Yes its a 4x5. Is that a good year?

It is a V, no better or worse then other Technika V cameras.

Michal Makowski
13-Apr-2009, 23:13
I have a linhof that needs dating and name. The serial number is 2142818. Thanks ahead of time.
Michal

Bob Salomon
14-Apr-2009, 03:20
I have a linhof that needs dating and name. The serial number is 2142818. Thanks ahead of time.
Michal

1969 V

Phil Hudson
14-Apr-2009, 03:47
Bob,

Can you put a year on my Linhof 4x5, C541816 (the number on the shoe)?

Many thanks!

Bob Salomon
14-Apr-2009, 04:26
Bob,

Can you put a year on my Linhof 4x5, C541816 (the number on the shoe)?

Many thanks!

After 1993

Michal Makowski
14-Apr-2009, 04:26
1969 V

WOW that was fast. Thank you very much!

Isidarmithrim
14-Apr-2009, 12:19
Sorry for all the question but I was looking and had a question about the difference about the Technika V and the Master? What exactly is the Master or Master 2000, is the master 2000 the most recent Technika? Thanks for all the help!

Peter K
14-Apr-2009, 12:50
As you can see at Linhof's (http://www.linhof.de/index-e.html) website the most recent Technika is the 3000. The main difference between the Technika V and the Master is the flap at the top, so the front standard rise works also with short focal-lenghts.

Bob Salomon
14-Apr-2009, 13:00
Sorry for all the question but I was looking and had a question about the difference about the Technika V and the Master? What exactly is the Master or Master 2000, is the master 2000 the most recent Technika? Thanks for all the help!

The V and the Master technika Classic are very similar. The Master adds a lift-up top flap to allow additional movement with very wide and wide lenses.

The Master Technika 2000 WAS a camera without a rangefinder and instead had a built-in extreme wide angle focusing system for lenses shorter then 72mm.

The 2000 WAS replaced with the Master Technika 3000 with an improved internal extreme wide angle focusing mechanism that has a side mounted focusing knob on the body housing rather then the front track mounted focusing mechanism of the 2000 for extreme wide angle lenses. In addition the drop bed has an additional position so the bed is totally out of the image area on extreme wide angle shots and the 2000 and Master can be converted to have this extra drop position. Also the rotating back on the 3000 can be replaced with a sliding/shift back that accepts digital or roll film backs from Hasselblad V, Hasselblad H, Mamiya 645 AF or Contax 645 cameras (this feature was on early Master Technika and older cameras. It was removed from the Master Technika several years ago). The sliding back shifts up and down a few mm as well as sliding. The backs of non-removable Master Technikas as well as the 2000 can also be converted to accept the sliding back. Like the 2000 it replaced, the 3000 does not have a rangefinder.

Please check with the Linhof service center in your country as to the availability of the conversions as well as the cost. In the USA that is marflex@aol.com.

So the Master technika Classic is the current rangefinder model and the Master Technika 3000 is the current non-rangefinder model.

All accessories for the IV, V and Master Technika fit the 2000 and 3000 except for the cams for the rangefinder.

newsbabe
17-Apr-2009, 06:16
What about mine: 2421231 on the shoe.

Bob Salomon
17-Apr-2009, 07:29
What about mine: 2421231 on the shoe.

Super Technika V, 5x7" January 1966.

boris
17-Apr-2009, 10:36
i was born in january 1966, it seems that my camera was "born" with me. :) :) :)

2421067
bob, could you confirm it ??
thanks, boris

Bob Salomon
17-Apr-2009, 12:25
i was born in january 1966, it seems that my camera was "born" with me. :) :) :)

2421067
bob, could you confirm it ??
thanks, boris

What format camera is it? That is not a serial number for a 2x3, 4x5 or 5x7 camera from Linhof. Is that the serial number on the accessory shoe?

boris
17-Apr-2009, 12:41
newsbabe's camera had this serial number 2421231 on the accessory shoe.
mine is a technika V 5x7 too, the s/n is 2124067.
was it also build in january 66 ??
thanks bob

Bob Salomon
17-Apr-2009, 12:53
"2124067"

Is the serial number of a 4x5 Technika V from 1967

boris
18-Apr-2009, 03:44
bob i have to excuse myself. of course the number is 2421067 it's a technika V 5x7.
sorry for the confusion.. i am a graduated dyslexic :(

Bob Salomon
18-Apr-2009, 04:41
bob i have to excuse myself. of course the number is 2421067 it's a technika V 5x7.
sorry for the confusion.. i am a graduated dyslexic :(

1965

newsbabe
18-Apr-2009, 04:47
Darn! My camera is twice as old as me.

I must say if I look half as good as her when I am 45 I will be quite pleased.

jesskramer
18-Apr-2009, 06:36
Bob,

Thanks in advance... a Master 2000... C541623

Thanks, Jesse

Bob Salomon
18-Apr-2009, 08:28
Bob,

Thanks in advance... a Master 2000... C541623

Thanks, Jesse

Too new. My numbers end before the 2000 was introduced.

Vaughn
14-May-2009, 14:08
I went thru all the posts first, but could not find a number that was close for the 3.25"x4" (size of GG) Linhof I have.

No.15394

Thanks!

Vaughn

Bob Salomon
14-May-2009, 15:45
I went thru all the posts first, but could not find a number that was close for the 3.25"x4" (size of GG) Linhof I have.

No.15394

Thanks!

Vaughn

Vaughn,

Sorry but I only have numbers for 2x3, 4x5, 5x7, 8x10 and the special format cameras and aerial cameras. I don't have records for metric size models. Additionally the numbers are not consecutive so a series of numbers can end with one format and a lower series may have a later date. For instance 40002 was made in May 1950 (Standard Press 4x5) and 201 was made in May 1958 (Aero Technika 45).

Vaughn
14-May-2009, 17:56
Thanks for replying. It is an oldie, I would not be surprised if it was 1920 to 1940. The back takes the grooved holders (GG must be removed). It is part of a load of photo equipment donated to the university (including a Technika III that is in good shape that might be from the 60's from the numbers others have requested of you.) I'll have to go through all the donated equipment, now that finals are over, and see what we have as far as a roll back(or other type) for the 3.25x4.

Thanks again! Vaughn

VishalMathur
21-May-2009, 09:40
Hi Bob, I have a 5x7 Tech V serial# 2531055, and a 5x7 Tech II, serial# 3200. Thanks.

Odeon Art Deco
23-May-2009, 03:19
A friend of mine just just become widowed and his wife owned a Linhoff Technika ( possibly 4 X 5 ). He is looking to sell it and needs to know what the rough value of it may be. He has told me the serial no. is 664971. Hasn't been used a great deal and there 3 lenses plus bits and bobs etc ( sorry I am not very large format technical ! ) to go with it. Would appreciate any info that can be passed on. Thanks Steve.

Bob Salomon
23-May-2009, 03:44
A friend of mine just just become widowed and his wife owned a Linhoff Technika ( possibly 4 X 5 ). He is looking to sell it and needs to know what the rough value of it may be. He has told me the serial no. is 664971. Hasn't been used a great deal and there 3 lenses plus bits and bobs etc ( sorry I am not very large format technical ! ) to go with it. Would appreciate any info that can be passed on. Thanks Steve.

You are missing a letter or a number to the serial number

Bob Salomon
23-May-2009, 03:48
Hi Bob, I have a 5x7 Tech V serial# 2531055, and a 5x7 Tech II, serial# 3200. Thanks.

2531055 ± 1970, 3200 = 1948/49

Bob Salomon
23-May-2009, 05:20
Hi Bob, I have a 5x7 Tech V serial# 2531055, and a 5x7 Tech II, serial# 3200. Thanks.

2531055 ± 1970, 3200 = 1948/49

PhotoJim
23-May-2009, 13:36
Hello, First time poster here, couldn't help but ask for a year for my 4x5 technika (I'm fairly sure it's a Super Technika IV, if I'm wrong let me know), the number on the hotshoe is 68020.

Is there somewhere on the body where there is a maker mark? I don't know where to look for more info, if anyone can help please reply. Thank you!

Peter K
23-May-2009, 14:06
Is there somewhere on the body where there is a maker mark? I don't know where to look for more info, if anyone can help please reply.
Have a look here. (http://www.largeformatphotography.info/linhof/technika.html)

Bob Salomon
23-May-2009, 14:33
Hello, First time poster here, couldn't help but ask for a year for my 4x5 technika (I'm fairly sure it's a Super Technika IV, if I'm wrong let me know), the number on the hotshoe is 68020.

Is there somewhere on the body where there is a maker mark? I don't know where to look for more info, if anyone can help please reply. Thank you!

About 1960.

Andrey Vorobyov
26-May-2009, 09:21
Hi Bob!
My question: Linhof Kardan Color 18x24 cm.
Serial # 92192.
What is the year?

Thanks!
Andrey

Bob Salomon
26-May-2009, 10:30
Hi Bob!
My question: Linhof Kardan Color 18x24 cm.
Serial # 92192.
What is the year?

Thanks!
Andrey

Dec. 1963

Odeon Art Deco
26-May-2009, 14:39
You are missing a letter or a number to the serial number

Sorry - the number is 64971. Hope this is the right one.

Bob Salomon
26-May-2009, 15:32
Sorry - the number is 64971. Hope this is the right one.

Super Technika IV from about 1960

Andrey Vorobyov
28-May-2009, 07:41
Bob, if I recollect correctly, starting from certain model, Master Technika 4x5 has a standard position for ground glass, so if one heeds to cam a lens he can send to the service the lens ony rather than the combo "lens + camera".

1) please correct me if I'm wrong
2) if it is correct, could you please tell the starting serial # of the MT with that enhancement? -- I assume if a MT has the # greater than that, it has the mentioned feature.. Again please correct me if I'm wrong..

Bob Salomon
28-May-2009, 09:09
Bob, if I recollect correctly, starting from certain model, Master Technika 4x5 has a standard position for ground glass, so if one heeds to cam a lens he can send to the service the lens ony rather than the combo "lens + camera".

1) please correct me if I'm wrong
2) if it is correct, could you please tell the starting serial # of the MT with that enhancement? -- I assume if a MT has the # greater than that, it has the mentioned feature.. Again please correct me if I'm wrong..

The ground glass was zeroed starting with the first Super Technika V so all V and Master Technikas are zeroed (unless someone played with it). However camming includes cutting the cam, the focusing scale and the infinity stops. When you send the camera with the lens the lens is calibrated on your camera and service installs the infinity stops in the proper position as well as the focusing scales. If you have a lot of cammed lenses then some special infinity stops could be required if they end up so close that they touch each other.

So while the service center does not need your camera to cut the cam you might find it best to have them install the stops for you. In the USA the charge with the camera or without is the same for camming. It should be the same in Your area as well.

Andrey Vorobyov
28-May-2009, 09:40
Thanks, Bob, I thought the infinity stops are trivial thing, that I can do myself using GG..

As for the sending the camera... I'm in Russia, the service closest to me is Linhof in Muenchen :)

Anyway I see that any models starting from Super Technika V are ok in terms of GG zeroing, thanks!

Bob Salomon
28-May-2009, 09:56
Thanks, Bob, I thought the infinity stops are trivial thing, that I can do myself using GG..

As for the sending the camera... I'm in Russia, the service closest to me is Linhof in Muenchen :)

Anyway I see that any models starting from Super Technika V are ok in terms of GG zeroing, thanks!

Andrey,


You can do the infinity stops yourself. Linhof supplies a test target and directions on how to do this. But while it sound simple there can be problems. The screws that set the stops in position are pointed so they dig into the chrome rails on the drop bed. If you position a stop and then find that it is in the wrong spot and then re-position it you will leave a small black dimple on the polished chrome rail.
While this has no effect on the operation of the camera it can diminish its' value by leaving what can be a trail of these marks.

Andrey Vorobyov
28-May-2009, 10:10
Thanks for the hint, Bob, I got it.
My apologies to other for this small off-topic. Please proceed with serial numbers! :)

Andrey Vorobyov
29-May-2009, 04:23
oops, I forgot to ask about my MT dating; the serial # is 6445017

Bob Salomon
29-May-2009, 06:24
oops, I forgot to ask about my MT dating; the serial # is 6445017

1976/77

SGGS
10-Jun-2009, 13:31
HI!

Please Could you help!
I have two Linhof Technika's i have inherited . . . i only work with DSLR's so not too clued up on old Large Formats. just want to know the models and Years for:
camera 1 : 39948
camera 2 : 2181868

both serials are placed on the top accessories plate.

Thanks a million!
Stephen.

Bob Salomon
10-Jun-2009, 13:35
camera 1 : 39948 If it is a 5x7 then 1959/60.
camera 2 : 2181868 1973/74

Please list the format of the camera when asking.

SGGS
10-Jun-2009, 13:46
camera 1 : 39948 If it is a 5x7 then 1959/60.
camera 2 : 2181868 1973/74

Please list the format of the camera when asking.

i think the 39948 is a 5x7 - is this a technika III?
not sure on the 2181868 - its half the size - technika III v5?

really a bit if a novice with this kind of equipment - got no manuals with these.

thanks again!!

Bob Salomon
10-Jun-2009, 13:52
i think the 39948 is a 5x7 - is this a technika III?
not sure on the 2181868 - its half the size - technika III v5?

really a bit if a novice with this kind of equipment - got no manuals with these.

thanks again!!

The 5x7 would be a IV and the 4x5 is a V

SGGS
10-Jun-2009, 13:54
Thanks for the Info - there is little to no knowledge of these camera's here in South Africa!

Much Appreciated!

Bob Salomon
10-Jun-2009, 15:18
Thanks for the Info - there is little to no knowledge of these camera's here in South Africa!

Much Appreciated!

Just contact the South African Linhof distributor.

CAS CAMERA CENTRE (PTY.)Ltd.
P.O. Box 50132
Randburg 2125
Rep. Of South Africa
Fon +27 11 793120 -4 / -5
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seabird
10-Jun-2009, 15:23
Bob, I've acquired a second 4x5 Super Technika IV s/no. 65742.

Any idea of manufacturing date? (I guess c. 1960?)

Thanks in advance.

Bob Salomon
10-Jun-2009, 16:03
Bob, I've acquired a second 4x5 Super Technika IV s/no. 65742.

Any idea of manufacturing date? (I guess c. 1960?)

Thanks in advance.

1960 would be about right.

Kburg928
11-Jun-2009, 11:47
Bob,

I've been given a Linhof Techinika (serial #67689) I'm not even sure if its a III or a IV. any idea of the year and make of this baby??

Bob Salomon
11-Jun-2009, 11:58
Bob,

I've been given a Linhof Techinika (serial #67689) I'm not even sure if its a III or a IV. any idea of the year and make of this baby??

It is a IV from about 1958 or 59.

Simon Benton
12-Jun-2009, 11:42
Bob

I have just acquired 2 Linhof Technika's 4X5 (I think III's?) with serial Numbers 51976 and 54843. Thank you if you can let me know year.

Bob Salomon
12-Jun-2009, 12:16
Bob

I have just acquired 2 Linhof Technika's 4X5 (I think III's?) with serial Numbers 51976 and 54843. Thank you if you can let me know year.

51976 about 1956. 54843 '56 or early '57.

Thomasjenkins
14-Jun-2009, 12:08
Hi Bob, thanks for your input in the other thread. Could you let me know what year the following master is please:

Serial # 6435171

Bob Salomon
14-Jun-2009, 12:34
Hi Bob, thanks for your input in the other thread. Could you let me know what year the following master is please:

Serial # 6435171

1974/75

seabird
26-Jun-2009, 21:46
Hi Bob,

I'm puzzled.

You've been kind enough previously to indicate that my 4x5 Super Tech IV s/no 76076 dates from 1956. According to p.96 of "The Linhof Camera Story", 1956 would place it near the start of the Tech IV model run (1956 to 1964). You've also separately indicated my second 4x5 Super Tech IV (s/no 65742) dates from c.1960.

Here's what puzzles me: 76076 appears to have the later shaped rangefinder housing (that is, same shape as on Tech V thru to current Master Tech with a "lip" over the flash attachment bracket and a flat top). This is consistent with the comment on the Cameraquest webpage on Technikas that indicates this change occurred from s/no 70500 onwards. By contrast, 65742 appears to have the earlier shape rangefinder housing (slightly narrower, no "lip" and sloping top surface - as found on Tech III). This suggests to me that 76076 is actually newer than 65742 but your dates indicate otherwise. Can you shed any light on this for me?

(I appreciate that the serial numbers might not be sequential so understand that the older camera could have a higher number).

Thanks in advance and sorry to be a pain - I'm just trying to understand.

Bob Salomon
27-Jun-2009, 05:10
Hi Bob,

I'm puzzled.

You've been kind enough previously to indicate that my 4x5 Super Tech IV s/no 76076 dates from 1956. According to p.96 of "The Linhof Camera Story", 1956 would place it near the start of the Tech IV model run (1956 to 1964). You've also separately indicated my second 4x5 Super Tech IV (s/no 65742) dates from c.1960.

Here's what puzzles me: 76076 appears to have the later shaped rangefinder housing (that is, same shape as on Tech V thru to current Master Tech with a "lip" over the flash attachment bracket and a flat top). This is consistent with the comment on the Cameraquest webpage on Technikas that indicates this change occurred from s/no 70500 onwards. By contrast, 65742 appears to have the earlier shape rangefinder housing (slightly narrower, no "lip" and sloping top surface - as found on Tech III). This suggests to me that 76076 is actually newer than 65742 but your dates indicate otherwise. Can you shed any light on this for me?

(I appreciate that the serial numbers might not be sequential so understand that the older camera could have a higher number).

Thanks in advance and sorry to be a pain - I'm just trying to understand.

I just check the list. It doesn't show when or what changes were made during production of the model. Also, with cameras that old, someone may have flipped the pictures in error.

Peter K
27-Jun-2009, 05:35
The rangefinder with the "lip" was introduced to use the "Karlart focus spot". But with the spread of electronic flash this focus light wasn't aviable anymore.

There is another possibility for the different rangefinders: it was possible to retrofit a Technika V with a rangefinder to get a Super Technika V. The base plate for the ragefinders are the same, so your ST V could be retrofitted with an older rangefinder.

seabird
27-Jun-2009, 14:57
Bob S: Thanks for checking again.


There is another possibility for the different rangefinders: it was possible to retrofit a Technika V with a rangefinder to get a Super Technika V. The base plate for the ragefinders are the same, so your ST V could be retrofitted with an older rangefinder.

Thanks Peter, I hadn't thought of that. But in addition to the different RF housing, there are two other features of s/no 76076 that differ from s/no 65742 and appear more closely aligned to those of a V: The bed/door casting is different at the point where the struts attach to the bed, and the knobs for removing the ground-glass are the same shape as on a V/Master. These three differences suggest to me that it is not an older model retrofitted with a newer shaped RF. Perhaps I'll post some pictures of the cameras on my website at some stage.

Does any of this matter? Not in the slightest. I'm just curious that's all.

Sorry to others for hi-jackig the thread (although it is serial number related). And thanks again to Bob S for his willingness to answer these sorts of queries.

Peter K
27-Jun-2009, 15:28
Carey,

as I know Linhof has purchased semi-finished products like castings from different factories as one can see by the advertisings in the books and periodicals from Linhof's publishing house "Grossbild Technik". Also the cameras have changed from manufacturing serie to manufacturing serie. This one can see specially in the developement of the Technika III: the first are more like the Technika II and last cameras are more like a Technika IV:

This means "Specifications can be changed without notice" as one can read often not only in camera brochures.

Peter K

Bob Salomon
27-Jun-2009, 16:35
"Linhof's publishing house "Grossbild Technik"

Grossbild has not been part of Linhof for many years.

Peter K
27-Jun-2009, 17:08
Grossbild has not been part of Linhof for many years.
But in the times of the Technika V it was. It was sold in the nineties to a publishing house in Hamburg.

seabird
28-Jun-2009, 00:23
I dont want to hi-jack this thread, so I've started a new thread with a link to some images and comments re the differences between my two Tech IVs.

http://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/showthread.php?p=481432#post481432

Cheers

ZupZupper
2-Jul-2009, 00:28
Hi Bob,
I just found out the press camera I found in a junk shop is indeed a Linhof. The only serial number I can find on it is 5983, the lens is a Zeiss with a Compur shutter, both of which are from the 1930's by their numbers, any ideas on what model this is and when it was born?

Thanks!

Here are a couple pictures of the camera.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancingmonkey/sets/72157620846436334/

ZupZupper
2-Jul-2009, 00:55
Hi Bob,

I have a Linhof camera that I believe is from the 1930's, the only serial number I can find on the camera is 5983, it is 4x5 format and folds up into a rather small box.

Here are are few pictures of it, http://www.flickr.com/photos/dancingmonkey/sets/72157620846436334/

Would you be able to tell me the approximate age of the camera?

Thanks!

Peter K
2-Jul-2009, 03:13
It looks like a "Linhof Standard 9x12cm" from the late Thirties. The lens, the Tessar, was made in 1930. Possible Bob has some more information.

With such cameras single-plate-holders for 9x12cm plates, later also films, where used. Also cameras for 4x5" where madeby Linhof in tis times, but the camera itself was bigger also. Originaly it was a 13x18cm camera equipped with an "International back" for double-film-holders.

With your camera it's impossible to use the bigger 4x5" films. Only the old "Rollex" 9x12cm RF-holders can be used to make pictures on 2x3" roll-film "120".

ZupZupper
3-Jul-2009, 10:39
Hi All,

Thanks for the help, I just got an email from info@linhof.de, they say it's a Teknika III from 1946-1954

Cheers!

Bob Salomon
3-Jul-2009, 10:47
Hi All,

Thanks for the help, I just got an email from info@linhof.de, they say it's a Teknika III from 1946-1954

Cheers!

It is much closer to 1946 then to 1954.

esuome
4-Jul-2009, 07:50
Hi all,

I have two Linhof cameras and I want to know when it was manufactured. The first is Linhof Color with serial number 5590. The second is broken Linhof Technika 70 without viewfinder and only numbers I can find on this body is 1751323.

Thank you.

Bob Salomon
4-Jul-2009, 09:16
Hi all,

I have two Linhof cameras and I want to know when it was manufactured. The first is Linhof Color with serial number 5590.

1960

The second is broken Linhof Technika 70 without viewfinder and only numbers I can find on this body is 1751323.

1970

Thank you.

ZupZupper
4-Jul-2009, 11:39
It is much closer to 1946 then to 1954.

Thanks Bob!

Now to find film holders for it

TomUhing
16-Jul-2009, 21:30
Hi Bob, I have this old Linhof Super Technika that I use in the 60''s and 70's. Got it from an old Austrian friend. Serial number under the flash unit clamp is 43158

I would greatly appreciate knowing how old it is and any other manufacturing data you might have on it. It's time to post it for sale here after that... it's a complete set.

Many thanks, Tom (twuhing@yahoo.com)

Bob Salomon
17-Jul-2009, 05:53
Hi Bob, I have this old Linhof Super Technika that I use in the 60''s and 70's. Got it from an old Austrian friend. Serial number under the flash unit clamp is 43158

I would greatly appreciate knowing how old it is and any other manufacturing data you might have on it. It's time to post it for sale here after that... it's a complete set.

Many thanks, Tom (twuhing@yahoo.com)

Since you did not mention what size film this camera uses I have to assume that it is a 23 version. If so the number on the accessory shoe makes it a very, very early Technika III, first production run, from October or November of 1951. It should have a good, professional CLA and a complete examination of the bellows for light leaks after 58 years. Be aware also that neither the factory or the distributors have accessories like lensboards, ground glasses, fresnels, cams or repair parts for this camera.

CanadianNorth
17-Jul-2009, 16:31
hi

I have an old Linhof Technika 4x5 with serial number 37092, can you tell me about what year this year?


thanks!

Bob Salomon
18-Jul-2009, 05:56
hi

I have an old Linhof Technika 4x5 with serial number 37092, can you tell me about what year this year?


thanks!

December 1954, it was one of the last 12 cameras made in this series. It is a III.

TomUhing
18-Jul-2009, 06:08
Since you did not mention what size film this camera uses I have to assume that it is a 23 version. If so the number on the accessory shoe makes it a very, very early Technika III, first production run, from October or November of 1951. It should have a good, professional CLA and a complete examination of the bellows for light leaks after 58 years. Be aware also that neither the factory or the distributors have accessories like lensboards, ground glasses, fresnels, cams or repair parts for this camera.
Thanks so much, Bob. Yes, you are right, it is a 23 and it even has the Rolex film back for 120 film and it still works. It's still got the original brown leatherette box with velvet compartments inside... I have kept the lenses (3 Schneiders, complete with their cam) in silica gel all these years (reactivated every year in the oven), so they are still fine and clear. Honestly, I would hope that someone would be interested to make an offer to buy the whole set from me, as a collector's item...maybe Linhof has their own museum? :)

Bob Salomon
18-Jul-2009, 06:20
Thanks so much, Bob. Yes, you are right, it is a 23 and it even has the Rolex film back for 120 film and it still works. It's still got the original brown leatherette box with velvet compartments inside... I have kept the lenses (3 Schneiders, complete with their cam) in silica gel all these years (reactivated every year in the oven), so they are still fine and clear. Honestly, I would hope that someone would be interested to make an offer to buy the whole set from me, as a collector's item...maybe Linhof has their own museum? :)

These are not uncommon cameras so I don't think that it would be sold as a collectible. If that is a Rollex back - knob wound rather then the Super Rollex - lever wind, then it will not work properly with current roll films unless it has been modified.

TomUhing
19-Jul-2009, 03:12
These are not uncommon cameras so I don't think that it would be sold as a collectible. If that is a Rollex back - knob wound rather then the Super Rollex - lever wind, then it will not work properly with current roll films unless it has been modified.
Thanks again very much, Bob. I was not aware that the 120 roll films have changed since I used the camera last. Of course, the set still has 2 double–sided sheet film holders, but I wonder if any films are available for them. I think of the camera as a curiosity more than an actual working instrument. But still, it's great for teaching kids how cameras and lenses work by opening it up.

Peter K
19-Jul-2009, 03:58
I was not aware that the 120 roll films have changed since I used the camera last.
Since some years the paper and the film-support used with RF is thinner.

Of course, the set still has 2 double–sided sheet film holders, but I wonder if any films are available for them.
Still some b&w-films 6.5 x 9cm are aviable e.g. here (http://www.ilfordphoto.com/products/productlist.asp?n=6&t=Consumer+%26+Professional+Films).

Peter

CanadianNorth
19-Jul-2009, 08:40
December 1954, it was one of the last 12 cameras made in this series. It is a III.

Wow, thanks so much!!! I love my camera, and it's great to know a bit about it. What did you mean by 'series', Does that mean it was one fo the last Technika III's made?

Thanks!!!!!!!

Bob Salomon
19-Jul-2009, 09:16
Wow, thanks so much!!! I love my camera, and it's great to know a bit about it. What did you mean by 'series', Does that mean it was one fo the last Technika III's made?

Thanks!!!!!!!

Last 12 of that group of serial numbers.

surojit
21-Jul-2009, 04:34
"91101"

1962/63

Bob,

My camera is a Linhof Technika 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 and the Serial No: 47151; it has a

Linhof Carl Zeiss Tessar 105mm 1 :3.5 lens.

What is the model name?
When was it manufactured?
Can I get a roll film holder for it ? If so what size and from where
Where can I find a replacement bellow and approximate price ?

Thanks.........will look forward to a response from you.

Bob Salomon
21-Jul-2009, 04:56
Bob,

My camera is a Linhof Technika 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 and the Serial No: 47151; it has a

Linhof Carl Zeiss Tessar 105mm 1 :3.5 lens.

What is the model name?
When was it manufactured?
Can I get a roll film holder for it ? If so what size and from where
Where can I find a replacement bellow and approximate price ?

Thanks.........will look forward to a response from you.

Are you sure the number is correct? Perhaps that 7 is a 1 or a 9?

surojit
21-Jul-2009, 21:14
Are you sure the number is correct? Perhaps that 7 is a 1 or a 9?

Thanks, Bob !

I checked again...this time with a magnifying glass!.......it's 47151 stamped of the base of the flash shoe !

What next, Bob ?

Surojit

Peter K
22-Jul-2009, 02:08
Surojit, some pictures from your camera could be helpful. Also the Tessar's serial-number if the serial numbers, camera and lens, are also engraved on the cam for the range-finder.

surojit
22-Jul-2009, 03:38
Surojit, some pictures from your camera could be helpful. Also the Tessar's serial-number if the serial numbers, camera and lens, are also engraved on the cam for the range-finder.

Thanks.

The Tessar's serial number is 1231349.

surojit
22-Jul-2009, 03:49
Surojit, some pictures from your camera could be helpful. Also the Tessar's serial-number if the serial numbers, camera and lens, are also engraved on the cam for the range-finder.

The engravings on the cam are as follows:

"65mm 3656077

105mm 1231349

180mm 3659548"

Does this help ?

Bob Salomon
22-Jul-2009, 04:37
Thanks, Bob !

I checked again...this time with a magnifying glass!.......it's 47151 stamped of the base of the flash shoe !

What next, Bob ?

Surojit

Sorry I don't have a record of that serial number being produced since the end of WW II.

Peter K
22-Jul-2009, 06:37
The engravings on the cam are as follows:

"65mm 3656077

105mm 1231349

180mm 3659548"
The Tessar was made between 1953 - 1959. The other serial numbers look like serial numbers from Schneider. Possible an Angulon f/6.8 65mm and a Tele-Arton f/5.5 180mm, also made in 1953. So your camera could be a Technika III 2x3".

But there is always the question about the serial number. This number is also engraved on the backside of the cam. To remove the cam, loose the handle by turning it anti-clockwise. Than you can pull the handle out, remove it and the cam can be removed/exchanged.