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    FS: All US-Made vintage Clarus

    You really need this -- a Clarus, lovely US-made competitor to that silly German Leica thingy.

    The Clarus is an interchangeable lens rangefinder made from 1947 to 1952 which, so far as I know, only ever came with the standard 50mm lens, a Wollensak f 2.8 Velostigmat, although there is rumor of an f2 lens as well. It may take other lengths of lenses made by other companies. I dunno, never tried it.

    You can find a longer discussion of this fine camera here: http://photo.net/classic-cameras-forum/00YqVE

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    This particular example has a few age issues -- there's some tiny bubbles in the chrome and the shutter is a titch rumbly -- at the top two speeds (500 and 1000) I can see the second curtain catching up with the first curtain on an irregular basis, so if you use this without servicing it first you should stick to 250 and below. The shutter curtain itself is in good shape, no wrinkles, holes or emotional issues.

    Other than that the body is solid -- no rust, dings, dents, burn marks or whatever else. The camera is a nice solid unit with good heft and feel. The leather/rubber outside has a nice tacky feel that is easier to grip than a Leica. The camera comes with a very nice and solid American-made top grain cowhide case that someone put a new strap on, so that's good and solid as well.

    Really, a lovely unit, sure to catch eyes, especially if you like to wear your American flag pin and look down your nose at people using Chinese cameras.

    For a mere $50 it will be mailed to you anywhere in the US from my humble abode in Ogden, Utah. Yes, that includes shipping.

    First money to paypal takes it, or contact me to discuss alternatives. Email and paypal address are both summicron12000@yahoo.com

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    Charlie Trentelman
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    Does this have a 39mm Leica type mount?

    Edit - No, 1 5/8". Oh well.
    Last edited by E. von Hoegh; 10-30-2013 at 11:41 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Old-time Apple devotees will be happy to note that this camera shares a name with the once-famous dogcow. You don't get that kind of coincidence just anywhere, folks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by E. von Hoegh View Post
    Does this have a 39mm Leica type mount?

    Edit - No, 1 5/8". Oh well.
    plus the body is way too thick to use a leica lens.

    ct

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    Quote Originally Posted by summicron1 View Post
    plus the body is way too thick to use a leica lens.

    ct
    Actually it was that Wolly that was tempting me... those can be very nice lenses, they're sadly underrated.

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    Made in Minneapolis too!
    Reid

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    Old-time Apple devotees will be happy to note that this camera shares a name with the once-famous dogcow. You don't get that kind of coincidence just anywhere, folks!

    -NT
    That might explain Claris, past vendors for FileMaker Pro and, I think, wholly owned subsidiary of Apple.
    I photograph things to see what things look like photographed.
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    The Clarus, what a great marketing name. It never ceases to amaze me how good you guys in the USA are at marketing and giving names. Even the Iraq war, desert storm, desert shield. Where do you get them from?

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    woops -- OK, quick adjustment, the rangefinder on this seems to have suffered a de-silvering on one side and, as a result, from a technical point of view, doesn't seem to work.

    $45?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    The Clarus, what a great marketing name. It never ceases to amaze me how good you guys in the USA are at marketing and giving names. Even the Iraq war, desert storm, desert shield. Where do you get them from?
    The Ministry of Silly Words, of course...

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