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Thread: Linhof Serial Numbers

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    I have a Technika III with serial number 23357. It has the RF with angled sides and the thumb screws on the sides. On the top edge it has "D.R.P. Made in Germany D.R.G.M.". The serial number only appears on the drop bed, under the Linhof logo. Back at post #1664, someone had serial 23355.

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by pdp11 View Post
    I have a Technika III with serial number 23357. It has the RF with angled sides and the thumb screws on the sides. On the top edge it has "D.R.P. Made in Germany D.R.G.M.". The serial number only appears on the drop bed, under the Linhof logo. Back at post #1664, someone had serial 23355.
    Sorry, it has to be a war time production, no record of a lll with that number. Could be the Medcin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    Sorry, it has to be a war time production, no record of a lll with that number. Could be the Medcin.
    Bob, thanks for your reply. It definitely isn't a Medcin model. It is in unmolested original condition and was set up for 90mm, 135mm and 210mm lenses and appears to have been sold as a well equipped kit. The 90mm Schneider lens that was sold with it has a serial number dating it to 1949, so I believe the camera can't have been made much earlier than that. Do you have any records of Technika serial numbers in the 23XXX range? I'm curious where the range starts, since it seems serial numbers 23355 and 23357 have shown up on this thread. Here are some pictures:

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by pdp11 View Post
    Bob, thanks for your reply. It definitely isn't a Medcin model. It is in unmolested original condition and was set up for 90mm, 135mm and 210mm lenses and appears to have been sold as a well equipped kit. The 90mm Schneider lens that was sold with it has a serial number dating it to 1949, so I believe the camera can't have been made much earlier than that. Do you have any records of Technika serial numbers in the 23XXX range? I'm curious where the range starts, since it seems serial numbers 23355 and 23357 have shown up on this thread. Here are some pictures:

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    There are no 45 Technikas made since 1946 with that range of numbers.

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Salomon View Post
    There are no 45 Technikas made since 1946 with that range of numbers.
    What if it was just “3357”? Would that translate to a valid serial number?

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by pdp11 View Post
    What if it was just ď3357Ē? Would that translate to a valid serial number?
    Not for a post war Technika. Would be for a Color 45

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Hey,

    I recently acquired a 2x3/6x9 Technika and there seems to be some hints that it's a IV - but other signs that its a III. Click image for larger version. 

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    The serial is 46929 (Indicating a III?) - but the camera has the lever release for the back, and it's black - not tan. Is this a 3.5? :-)

    Somebody told me bob could help out :-)

    Regards,

    Glenn

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by glennbech View Post
    Hey,

    I recently acquired a 2x3/6x9 Technika and there seems to be some hints that it's a IV - but other signs that its a III. Click image for larger version. 

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    The serial is 46929 (Indicating a III?) - but the camera has the lever release for the back, and it's black - not tan. Is this a 3.5? :-)

    Somebody told me bob could help out :-)

    Regards,

    Glenn
    Itís a III

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by pdp11 View Post
    Bob, thanks for your reply. It definitely isn't a Medcin model. It is in unmolested original condition and was set up for 90mm, 135mm and 210mm lenses and appears to have been sold as a well equipped kit. The 90mm Schneider lens that was sold with it has a serial number dating it to 1949, so I believe the camera can't have been made much earlier than that. Do you have any records of Technika serial numbers in the 23XXX range? I'm curious where the range starts, since it seems serial numbers 23355 and 23357 have shown up on this thread. Here are some pictures:

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    From the photos it is a III from around 1949... The angled rangefinder cover shows up in late 1948 and by sometime in 1950 the III is refreshed, with the knob position, friction lock, and handle all changing...

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    Re: Linhof Serial Numbers

    Quote Originally Posted by Embdude View Post
    From the photos it is a III from around 1949... The angled rangefinder cover shows up in late 1948 and by sometime in 1950 the III is refreshed, with the knob position, friction lock, and handle all changing...
    Sorry, it can not be a lll as it was produced during or before WWll.
    That serial number series was not used after WWll for any Linhof 23, 45, 57 or 810 camera.
    It isnít impossible that that 90 was added after the war. Or maybe a dealer that survived the war sold it after that 90 was made.

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