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    Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    I purchased one of those Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kits for my tech v. The seller was vague about whether the rangefinder had to be removed (I suspected this from the minimal diagrams). YES, you do have to remove the rf! This is OK in my case as I use the camera as a field camera and the accessory works very well withy 65 & 75 mm lenses. I think it converts the tech v I to a linhof 3000? Anyway it is a relatively easy conversion (a few hours of careful work).


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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    If it converts it to a 3000 then the drop bed drops to 90. And a new focus knob for the internal bed tracks is add to the outside of the camera and infinity stops are added inside the bed.

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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    Maybe it's more like a 2000 conversion with the internal focussing on a lever inside the body as opposed to the 3000 which has a focus knob on the outside of the shell?

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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    Quote Originally Posted by mpirie View Post
    Maybe it's more like a 2000 conversion with the internal focussing on a lever inside the body as opposed to the 3000 which has a focus knob on the outside of the shell?

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    I,would doubt it.

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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    Quote Originally Posted by mpirie View Post
    Maybe it's more like a 2000 conversion with the internal focussing on a lever inside the body as opposed to the 3000 which has a focus knob on the outside of the shell?

    Mike
    Yes it is, from what I understand.

    I asked about these kits on eBay, and was told the RF was removed, so I declined. I'm still considering converting my older Tech IV into a field camera by stripping the RF and adding this unit though...
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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    I assume this is what the OP is referencing:

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Linhof-Tech...y/173471405098
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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    Yes it is, from what I understand.

    I asked about these kits on eBay, and was told the RF was removed, so I declined. I'm still considering converting my older Tech IV into a field camera by stripping the RF and adding this unit though...
    Not only do you remove the side rangefinder, you also need a plate to cover where it was and then the internal linkage for the RF also has to be removed.

    Once you install it the bed will still not drop down far enough to keep it from cutting into the image area with lenses shorter then 90mm when the back is rotated to portrait orientation. So the 3000 bed modification would eliminate that problem but it can not be done on older cameras.

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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    I can use a 58mm XL on my Master in vertical orientation with the bed dropped. On the IV I haven't tried. If it works in horizontal orientation and one is removing the RF anyway, you could just add a secondary tripod mount on the side to shoot in vertical orientation just like Crowns/Speeds have.
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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    Quote Originally Posted by Corran View Post
    I can use a 58mm XL on my Master in vertical orientation with the bed dropped. On the IV I haven't tried. If it works in horizontal orientation and one is removing the RF anyway, you could just add a secondary tripod mount on the side to shoot in vertical orientation just like Crowns/Speeds have.
    The instruction book tell you when using 75 and wider and want to shoot a vertical to leave the back horizontal, drop the bed all the way and rotate the camera 90 degrees, they made an offset bracket to tripod mount it that way.

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    Re: Linhoff technika upgrade kit wide angle strut kit

    If I chopped up a Linhof for field use I wouldn't bother with a silly bracket. Just screw/tap another tripod mounting hole. Kodak/Graphic figured this out a century ago...
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