Sunday, February 20, 2011

Linhof I

Last friday, I bought something at an auction for the first time - not on eBay, but a real auction with real people and an actual 'once - twice - sold'. It was a lot of fun! I was lucky enough to buy a beautiful old large format camera to a more than reasonable price! It's an old Linhof Kardan with a 180 mm Schneider-Kreuznach lens. The camera is at the same time very simple and very versatile. It's possible to completely take it apart and, more importantly, to move both the objective and the film holder in virtually any position. The film holder can be moved up and down, as well as tilted along the horizontal and vertical axes. The objective can be moved and tilted both horizontally and vertically. This means one has complete freedom for selecting the orientation of the focal plane (see Linhof III below for an example).

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