Who knows what this is???

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  1. Mfilippo55

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    I think I bought it 7 or so years ago when I was photographing a lot of artwork for eBay.
     

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  2. Dan Fromm

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    It is a 2 axis focusing rail.
     
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    It's a centrifugal scrunge pump :D
     
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    Yep, that was my guess also!
     
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    For copying, like with a copy stand?
     
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    see here:

    http://www.kaiser-fototechnik.de/en/produkte/2_1_produktanzeige.asp?nr=5534


    However your version has mounted in addition:
    -) a rectangular gusset with 1/4" screw at base mount
    -) a rectangular gusset fitting both racks

    yielding a further 90° off-set in both cases.
     
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  7. fotch

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    It is a Thing! You mount a camera on one end and well, a, something else on the other.:confused:
     
  8. Mfilippo55

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    That's almost what I've been calling it... a thingy.
     
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    It appears to be for precisely positioning a camera for macro-photography. In the heyday of TLRs, a similar devise was used in macro-photography to reposition the taking lens in the same position as the focusing lens.
     
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    looks like an attachment to do precise close-up work,attaches to tripod and holds camera
     
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    :laugh:
     
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    It'a a high-precision shoe stretcher.
     
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    Actually, in all seriousness, it's an adorama. It says so right on it.
     
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    Wait a minute, I think an adorama is a high-precision shoe stretcher.
     
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    A left-handed smoke shifter? I have been looking for one ever since the Boy Scouts (but it might be a bacon stretcher.)
     
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    Everyone gets an A

    For effort and originality. Thanks for your replies!
     
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    It's actually a focusing slide rack to attach to tripod for macro phhotography.
     
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    Use with TLR cameras: Focus with the viewing lens and then crank the camera up so that the photographing lens is in the proper location.
     
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    A Paramender? (parallax correction).
    Def could be used for this purpose among other tasks.
     
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    No it isn't, this is a Paramender http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=e...1.564.10.10.0...0.0...1ac.1.2.img.DXBPI_P_CAw is designed to lift the camera 50mm vertically only (the distance between centres of Mamiya lenses), a focusing slide rack is designed to move horizontally only to allow fine focusing for macro work by moving the camera in relation to the subject on a tripod.
     
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    see post #6 indicating that added double 90° offset, which enables use from standard tripod.
     
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    I see that AgX but it would be far too slow and fiddly in operation to be used in place of a Paramender to move the taking lens quickly 50 mm upwards to put the taking lens in the position of the viewing lens.
     
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    No, I had no TLR or Paramender in mind. As you indicated, it seems a tool to fix a camera (best SLR) to a tripod and fine-adjust height and lateral position.
    (In contrast to the Kaiser version I linked to, which is differently mounted together.)