FS: Clarus MS35 Rangefinder

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  1. bliorg

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    Hi, all -

    Here's a somewhat obscure one - a Clarus MS35 35 mm rangefinder.

    [​IMG]P1020264 by Scott --, on Flickr

    There's a cult-like following with these cameras. For a while I was in it, buying and fixing these notoriusly unreliable cameras. The lens, a Wolly 50/2.8 Velostigmat, is spectacular. The engineering on the shutter, though, is not.

    As evidence that this camera was once fully operational, I offer the following images:

    [​IMG]Photo16_16 by Scott --, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Photo14_14 by Scott --, on Flickr

    [​IMG]Photo11_11 by Scott --, on Flickr

    For reference on how long ago those were taken, here's a current picture of the kids (NOT taken with the Clarus):
    [​IMG]img235 by Scott --, on Flickr

    Currently the rear curtain lags. Not sure why. You can open this thing up and pre-load the shutter more than it currently is to fix what ails it. Not a fun job, but not impossible. But even tweaked, the shutter is wonky at best, which is what killed the camera in the marketplace. But it's a lovable, clunky thing, and worth experimentation on. Or as a shelf queen - arguably a collectible. This is a nice copy, though it's been long enough that I don't remember the specifics of the model lineage (that should all still be available online). It does have a number (phone?) engraved in the bottom plate.

    Listing this for $47, which includes medium flat rate shipping to US. PayPal only.

    Thanks,
    Scott
     
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    Those are great photos. It seems to image like an Ektar. I wonder if someone that was industrious could fit the lens into a leaf shutter to get the shutter issues worked around?
     
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    i have two and have never actually take a picture with one, mostly because the shutters seemed dicey at best ... but might be worth trying. fun.
     
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    Thanks, guys. It's a neat little (heavy) camera.

    TTT!
     
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    Can I ask at what aperture the examples were shot? Any examples wide open?
     
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    Richard, IIRC the one of the kids together was pretty close to wide open, but it was years ago.
     
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    I have one of these. Paid a dollar for it at a flea market. The body is in very rough condition, but it seems to fire at every shutter speed and takes nice pictures. Well worth getting one if it works. J.
     
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    Anyone?