Old folders

Discussion in 'Large Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Ole, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. Ole

    Ole Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Sep 9, 2002
    Bergen, Norw
    Large Format
    In a way, this is a continuation of the "folders, folders, folders!" thread in MF - and the discussion about self-coated plates in AltProc.

    I finally got hold of some cut-film adapters for my 1934 Voigtländer Bergheil 9x12cm, and took it out for testing. What a nice little camera! It all folds into a box almost small enough to carry in a pocket (about 12x16x5 cm), and the plate holders take a lot less room than "double dark slides". Unloading the film from the film adapters is fiddly, thoug. It's a lot easier loading them...

    Since it arrived with a broken GG, I just used the distance scale on the bed, and found it VERY precise. I'll make a new GG for it, eventually...

    The uncoated 150mm/f:4.5 Heliar is a beauty as well. Contrast is somewhat reduced, but sharpness is excellent - even at f:4.5! I do see why this lens is famous for the bokeh, but feel that flare might well be a part of it.

    Anyone else have - and use - old folding plate cameras? And I don't mean wooden field cameras or Technikas, just the old tin boxes?
  2. Robert

    Robert Member

    Sep 10, 2002
    I tried but I kept getting outbid at the last moment-( They sure look nice.