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  1. Re: New Resource for Wollensak Lenses and Shutters

    You were right, a date was scratched into diaphragm assembly of: E 12 46

    I have no idea what the letter E is for, but 12 46 it reasonable to guess at December 1946 for the shutter date.
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  2. Re: New Resource for Wollensak Lenses and Shutters

    That Wollensak Lenses and Shutter Resource has been great the last couple of weeks as I am trying to date a number of my vintage lenses.

    I have three lenses in Betax No. 4 shutters. I know you...
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    Re: Need Grubb Lens Expertise

    I have a Howard Grubb Dublin Aplanatic Doublet number 5290. It has block lettering on the barrel with a slot for Waterhouse stops.

    It has a 12-inch focal length comparing it to my known 11-inch...
  4. Re: Gandolfi: pilgrimmage to the sites of the Gandolfi workshops

    According to the Gandolfi brochure I have these are the dates for the various workshops:

    1885 Louis Gandolfi opens first workshop at 15a Kensington Place Westminster
    1913 firm moves to Hall Road,...
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Thank you Bob, you are a great resource.
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    What year for a Kardan Color 45s - Serial #5,741,468?
  7. Re: Gandolfi 8x10 Precision Folding Instruction and Date Questions...

    I'll return the compliment by saying that 8 x 10 Gandolfi you just got in mahogany and lacquered brass is going to garner a lot of attention wherever you go.

    I am guessing on the date on my...
  8. Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    Anyone have any idea how many Wisner cameras were built and sold per year? And the years of production for the factory and sales?
  9. Re: Gandolfi 8x10 Precision Folding Instruction and Date Questions...

    I just bought a Gandolfi as well and they are beautifully made cameras. My version is a whole plate size with a 5 x 7 back, black paint and nickel plated hardware.

    It also took me some trial and...
  10. Re: When was Wisner Tech Field 4x5 #941 built?

    This is an older thread but I will add another point of reference to dating a Wisner Technical Field.

    I bought a Wisner Technical Field serial #375 from Lee in 2006/2007. It had the solid brass...
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    Re: speed graphic pacemaker

    Try Charles Monday for repairs. I think his forum name is: 45PSS

    I've had good luck with him on repairs. I am not sure if he has many parts. But check with him.

    Good luck.
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    Re: Any Gandolfi users out there?

    Gandolfi, your black & chrome model is in beautiful condition. Not bad for a 50 to 60 year old camera. A 5 x 7 I assume with a vintage Tessar mounted.

    One question I had is the front focus knob....
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    Re: Any Gandolfi users out there?

    Any reason Gandolfi made this camera in black and chrome instead of the traditional French polished mahogany and lacquered brass? Medical, police or government order perhaps?

    I was guessing mine...
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    Re: Any Gandolfi users out there?

    The only number I can find is stamped on the bellows frame, after taking off the GG back. A No. 1 is stamped on there and that is it.

    I am thinking this Gandolfi camera is from the 1950's or 60's....
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    Re: Any Gandolfi users out there?

    I just got this Gandolfi Whole Plate camera and need some help with identifying the model and the approximate age.

    This model has black paint and nickel chromed hardware. It has the ivory colored...
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Thank you Bob.
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hi Bob,

    What year for a Master Technika serial # B581616?

    Thank you,
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hi Bob,

    I bought another Kardan Super Color 4 x 5,
    Serial number: 8081114
    What year was it manufactured?

    Thank you,
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    Re: Technika rail adjustment

    So Marflex in no longer the Linhof repair center?

    Will Nippon Photoclinic carry Linhof parts now? (Such as for a Linhof Super Color 4 x 5)?
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    You're a great resource Bob, thank you.
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hi Bob,

    I just got a Kardan Super Color 4 x 5.
    The serial number is: 8021092
    What year was it manufactured, and what were the range of years for this Kardan model?

    Thank you,
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    Re: Greasing a deardorff

    I just lubricated an 8 x 10 Deardorff as per Ken's recommendations on his website and it made a huge difference in how smooth the camera rails moved back and forth. It's like a new camera again. Use...
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    Re: Gitzo R3 Tripod Head Info Needed

    They are well built functional heads with smooth movements. The extral long handle for front and rear tilt almost looks like it was made for cinema use.
  24. Thread: Deardorff

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    Re: Deardorff

    I just bought a V8 Deardorff and though it was advertised as being ready to take photos and in good shape etc...the bellows were shot on it. I could have sent it back but the rest of the camera was...
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    Gitzo R3 Tripod Head Info Needed

    Gitzo R3 Tripod Head Info Needed
    I just bought a older Gitzo R3 (model #370) Pan-Tilt Head. The handles are the flat paddle configuration, the knobs a black plastic. The platform is rectangular,...
  26. Re: Ebay dispute over camera, advice appreciated

    It is a roll of the dice buying on eBay, and a disappointment when something is not as described. If you can't return the Crown Graphic, think about keeping the camera, clean it up and try taking...
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    Re: Show your old rapid rectilinear work!

    First RR shot, a quick still-life aken with an 8 x 10 Deitz Rapid ( Approx. 12 inch RR lens) mounted on a Agfa Ansco view camera. Scanned from a Polaroid type 54 print. I had this lens mounted on an...
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    Re: kodak no.34 216 4.5

    The Kodak Anastigmat 30 series lenses and recommended formats:

    No. 31 5 inch (140mm) recommended negative size: 3 x 4
    No. 32 6 3/8 inch (161mm) recommended negative size: 4 x 5
    No....
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    Re: kodak no.34 216 4.5

    Found the list, thanks Oren.
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    Re: kodak no.34 216 4.5

    Would someone please post the entire list of the 30 series Kodak Anastigmat lenses, starting with the smallest to the largest, the focal length in inches, mm FL and recommended format?

    Thanks,
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hi Bob,

    I'd like to get the date on a Kardan Color 45 S The Serial #5721086

    Thanks,

    Scott
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    Re: Western Bellows Phone Number

    Michael,

    Sounds like you received a well made set of replacement bellows for your Poco 19 whole plate camera. You should enjoy shooting with that camera. Jim does very nice work as I can attest...
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    Re: Western Bellows Phone Number

    If you haven't heard from Jim and you are having trouble contacting him by phone, try writing him a letter asking for an update on your job. He got back to me reasonably soon after I wrote him.
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  34. Re: Are Chamonix WP Holders Compatible With Seneca Back?

    Oren,

    Would you measure the T-distance on your Chamonix holder?

    Thanks, Scott
  35. Re: Are Chamonix WP Holders Compatible With Seneca Back?

    Measuring my two WP size Eastman Glass Plate holders, they match Oren's Eastman holders. Eastman measurements: 7 3/4 " wide and 9 3/16" to the start of the rib. The Eastman WP holders do fit the...
  36. Are Chamonix WP Holders Compatible With Seneca Back?

    I have a Seneca Whole Plate (6 1/2 x 8 1/2) format view camera. An Improved Seneca View, circa late teens to early 1920s. Vintage Whole Plate film holders are nearly impossible to find as most WP...
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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hi Bob,

    I'd like to get the year of manufacture for a Kardan Color 45s Ser. #5,721,080

    Thank you,
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    Re: Western Bellows Phone Number

    Michael,

    I took the bellows off the camera and took them up to Western Bellows. When I got the bellows back, mounted on the wooden frames, I temporarily put the bellows back on the camera to take...
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    Re: Western Bellows Phone Number

    Dave, that website you gave the link to is one of the best sources on vintage American view cameras out there. I don't know how that guy managed to assemble that wealth of information, but he did a...
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    Re: Western Bellows Phone Number

    Thanks for your post Dave. As you know Seneca was very proud of their (Bellows Retainer patented Nov. 2, 1905.) These bellows support arms are supposed to keep the bellows from sagging. I have them...
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