Looking for info on "Linhof Standard"

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  1. bmac

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    My neighbor just aquired a "Linhof Standard" press camera, and is looking for some info on it. age, value, etc. I haven't come up with the correct search terms to bring anything up in my searches online so far this morning, so I though I'd ask my APUG friends for some assistance.

    The camera itself is in pretty good condition 8/10 and has a 15cm lens in a Linhof shutter, and a Schneider 90mm in a Synchro-Compur shutter. The whole kit is in a nice wooden camera box and included an old style flash, linhoff film holders, a graflex 6x7 back, focusing cloth, and a few lens shades.

    I'll try to post some photos later today.

    Brian
     
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    It's surely a Technika of some era. I don't know that they ever produced a press type camera called the "Standard". If the lens is of the same era as the camera body and the body has an International/Graflok type back (so that it can take that Graflex 6x7 RFH), then it's probably a Tech III. Check the Technika pages at cameraquest.com to pinpoint which version of Tech III (there are five types).
     
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    I took a few quick snaps of the camera in question an hour ago. Tell me what you think.

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    I'm also thinking that the 6x7 back doesn't belong to the camera, as I can see no way to attach it to the camera.

    On another note, the 4 4x5 film holders that were included with it are about twice as thick as the ones I have seen comercially.
     
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    Looks just like a Tech 111 to me. Not a bad camera, front moves are limited and they have their own lens boards (can not use later boards) but great all the same. As to the roll film back, does the ground glass back come off? If not I think its an early one.
     
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    That's a Tech III--check Cameraquest for the version, but surely an early one. 1950s I'd say.

    But the lens--the lens, ahh the lens--a veritable Voigtlander Heliar. A good score, my friend. A Tech III with a cammed Heliar would be a fine thing indeed. Is it cammed? If it's not cammed, well, it's still not bad, but cammed it would be a fine thing.

    I'm not sure how the groundglass panel comes off on the early Tech III or if it is a removable groundglass. If not, you just might be able to slip a Graflex 6x7 back under the glass. Technikas have a fair amount of clearance.

    A cammed Heliar--that would be fine.
     
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    Tech III it is. Everything can be easily removed: Rotate the back 45°, pull out the tabs in each corner, and the entire back comes off.

    The groundglass assembly can be removed too, but my 5x7" Tech III is diferent enough that I can't tell you how.

    Are the "thick holders" marked "Linhof"? If so, they are the combined plate/film holders with pressure plare and film ejector. Nice things, I have a couple of them myself.
     
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    The thick holders are as you describe Ole, I'll try rotating the back and see if I can get the tabs to release for him.

    Brian
     
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    The tabs will release the back, but that doesn't really help you with the roll film holder. That only lets you put on another type of back like the sliding frame back. To attach a rollfilm holder, you need to remove the groundglass panel only, and if there are Graflok-type slides to hold it in place, slide them over the flange of the rollfilm holder.
     
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    Looks like the 6x7 back isnt for this camera. oh well :sad: I havent been able to find a serial number anywhere on the body. Where should I be looking?
     
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    On my Tech V the serial number is on the accessory shoe and on the body under the accessory shoe. Remove the finder sight and see if it's there.

    That must be a really early Tech III if it doesn't have a Graflok back. There are Rollex backs that use the Graflok slides going way back (I have a 6x6). Those bellows clips also are similar to what you usually find on the earlier Tech II. I'm not sure when they did away with them.
     
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    Thanks for the info David,

    I'm guess the body is worth about $100 US judging by the few that I have seen on Ebay recently.