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    Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    The other day I got a cosmetically beat-up Tech V for next to nothing (nearly free). I enjoy restoring cameras, and I feel like this will be my main shooter.

    One of my favourite lenses is a 65mm f/4.5 Grandagon (flange focal distance of 70mm) though I've read that the Technika V can only take 65mm lenses on the close focusing device. As the camera stands, it ain't pretty, so I wouldn't feel bad about doing some drastic modifications to the body if needed. Ideally, I'd like to couple my 65mm to the RF (I have experience camming Technika 70 lenses, and I imagine the experience is much the same with a Tech V). I shoot at night a lot, and am in the process of building a FocuSpot out of a laser pointer, so coupling would be very beneficial.

    One other option I've explored is using this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/Linhof-Tech...wAAOSwMmBV1uvG Does anyone have experience with these "new" aftermarket focusing rails? I shoot with angle-A LOT, so getting some use out of this isn't an issue, but are there easier ways to use a 65mm on this camera? This doesn't solve the issue of wanting rise with such a short focal length, for that I imagine I'd still have to cut a flap in the top of the camera?

    Some thoughts and suggestions would be much appreciated!
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    This appears to offer the function of the discontinued Master Technika 2000 which lets you focus 65 and wider lenses inside the camera housing by sliding the lever left to right. That would be done while looking through the ground glass with your hand almost in front of the lens.
    There are no cams for anything shorter then the 72mm lens. I was the Linhof Product Manager from 1980 to 2015 and during that time I never heard of anyone coupling a 65 to the camera!

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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Thanks Bob, perhaps I'll consider that eBay item then. I'd be interested to know what user experiences are like with that thing.

    By the way, what is the proper way to use a 75mm lens on the Tech V? I have a 75mm f/4.5 Nikkor (flange focal: 80mm) on a 11mm recessed board?
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    I messaged the person selling that item on eBay some time ago, and though it was difficult to converse (non-native speaker there), from what I gather the kit will make the RF inoperable. I didn't want to install/uninstall that thing anytime I wanted to use my Technika normally so I passed. If I was dedicated a body to non-RF imaging I would do it though. But that's called my Chamonix, not Linhof . Good luck!
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I messaged the person selling that item on eBay some time ago, and though it was difficult to converse (non-native speaker there), from what I gather the kit will make the RF inoperable. I didn't want to install/uninstall that thing anytime I wanted to use my Technika normally so I passed. If I was dedicated a body to non-RF imaging I would do it though. But that's called my Chamonix, not Linhof . Good luck!

    That could very well be a deal-breaker for me, so THANK YOU for that little piece of information! I have a 65 and a new 75 as well... I guess it might be time to sell that 65 Grandagon!
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bipin View Post
    That could very well be a deal-breaker for me, so THANK YOU for that little piece of information! I have a 65 and a new 75 as well... I guess it might be time to sell that 65 Grandagon!
    Why not investigate getting the 2000, the 3000 or one of the TK models and then you could go even wider, if desired!

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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Why not investigate getting the 2000, the 3000 or one of the TK models and then you could go even wider, if desired!
    Hah, I sincerely wish I could! Unfortunately, a student budget is not conducive to that, which is how I could afford the cosmetically beat-up Tech V. Some day though... The TK has always interested me.
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Even though the shortest factory cam blank for the IV, V and Master was for 75mm lenses, it can easily be cut for a 65mm. I even had a 58 cam-coupled on a Master. The lens sits in a recessed board on a retracted track with the bed dropped. Use will be strictly horizontal and no movements are possible with a 65mm on 4X5 anyway.

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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Neal Chaves View Post
    Even though the shortest factory cam blank for the IV, V and Master was for 75mm lenses, it can easily be cut for a 65mm. I even had a 58 cam-coupled on a Master. The lens sits in a recessed board on a retracted track with the bed dropped. Use will be strictly horizontal and no movements are possible with a 65mm on 4X5 anyway.
    Yeah, that definitely makes sense - I don't see why it wouldn't be possible to couple any lens, so long as it fits on the camera and you can cut the right curve for the cam. According to this I should have a decent amount of movement with my 65/4.5 Grandagon. I use my 4x5 cameras for 6x12 panoramas the vast, vast majority of time.
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    Re: Linhof V, modifications, and 65mm lenses

    When fitting a lens less than 75mm for RF operation, the front standard will be very close to end of the retracted slide, and may even overhang a bit. The stock recessed lensboard may not be deep enough. They have an internal cup that holds the lens forward about 1/4". For the 58, I had to remove that cup and put a flat plate drilled for the shutter in its place. The 58 was in a 00 shutter so there was plenty of room to hook up the Linhof quick cable release mechanism. A 65 in a 00 shutter would certainly work, but I am not sure if you could do the same with an 0, there might not be enough room. On a V, without the flap, you are not going be able to raise a 65 in any case.

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