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    Fatif 40 4X5: a thing of beauty

    Every now and again one is confronted by the fact, that even though Italians invented electricity, in the sense that everything made in Italy must have a bucket of electricity waiting next to it in case you ever need to fill it back when it runs our of electricity, you find something amazing, that is not only amazingly pretty, but also usable, practical and well made.

    I just got this Fatif 40 4X5 monorail camera because i was curious about it more then anything, and it ended up being a wondrous thing.
    There are geared movements where you would not expect them, and while this camera has had the life beaten out of it by the previous used (a commercial studio) and it shows it, everything is super smooth, and precise. I doubt if this was ever lubricated, but the metal is so nice and the tolerances so close that everything works as good as the best linhof you might have ever seen.

    I think the main difference that sets this apart from any other camera i have used, is that nothing is done with force here. All the latches, locking nuts and gears are extremely soft and require only a light touch to move, yet are very dampened so they do not move on their own. It is also surprisingly light for a monorail (under 6KG) when you consider the massive gauge of metal used, and the gears, pretty much everywhere.
    Lensboards, are made of some type of thin tin like material, making them super light as well.

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    Add all this to the fact this thing looks like a Lamborghini Miura and you have a winner at every turn.

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    It is a pity that Italian photo-engineering is reduced here to Manfrotto and Durst. Partially reason for this is that other manufacturers had much less market share and for a part even addressed only the photo-industry.

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    The Italians invented electricity, did they? Did they also invent Al Gore who invented the Internet?

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    I'm not sure but Nature may have had a hand in that electricity thingy.

    As for the Fatif, I had never heard of it before. Nice looking beastie and it certainly sounds like a wonderful machine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CatLABS View Post
    Every now and again one is confronted by the fact, that even though Italians invented electricity, in the sense that everything made in Italy must have a bucket of electricity waiting next to it in case you ever need to fill it back when it runs our of electricity, you find something amazing, that is not only amazingly pretty, but also usable, practical and well made.

    I just got this Fatif 40 4X5 monorail camera because i was curious about it more then anything, and it ended up being a wondrous thing.
    There are geared movements where you would not expect them, and while this camera has had the life beaten out of it by the previous used (a commercial studio) and it shows it, everything is super smooth, and precise. I doubt if this was ever lubricated, but the metal is so nice and the tolerances so close that everything works as good as the best linhof you might have ever seen.

    I think the main difference that sets this apart from any other camera i have used, is that nothing is done with force here. All the latches, locking nuts and gears are extremely soft and require only a light touch to move, yet are very dampened so they do not move on their own. It is also surprisingly light for a monorail (under 6KG) when you consider the massive gauge of metal used, and the gears, pretty much everywhere.
    Lensboards, are made of some type of thin tin like material, making them super light as well.

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    Add all this to the fact this thing looks like a Lamborghini Miura and you have a winner at every turn.

    Read more and see all the photos here:
    https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...5824714&type=1
    Nope. Ben Franklin. An Amurkin!! They told me this in school, along with the "fact" that that Genoese privateer proved the "world" was round - by getting lost.
    Oh wait - it (electricity) was there all the time, allowing our neural system(and that of every preceding creature) to function.
    You could possibly be thinking of Allesandro Volta? Or watching the history channel.

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    Never heard of Nicola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Luigi Galvani, and Alessandro Volta? No one invented electricity (all you gotta do is rub some stuff together and there you are), but those guys were largely responsible for how we manage and store electricity even today. Actually, just talk about your old girl friends around your wife and you'll see where the real potent original stuff came from.

    We invented the Ferrari and Sophia Loren. Much better than electricity. That stuff you can always steal, as my man Tom says.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPcKHhuwqBw
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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    Never heard of Nicola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin, Luigi Galvani, and Alessandro Volta? No one invented electricity (all you gotta do is rub some stuff together and there you are), but those guys were largely responsible for how we manage and store electricity even today. Actually, just talk about your old girl friends around your wife and you'll see where the real potent original stuff came from.

    We invented the Ferrari and Sophia Loren. Much better than electricity. That you can always steal.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPcKHhuwqBw

    And this - http://theoldmotor.com/?p=121365

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    Quote Originally Posted by momus View Post
    Never heard of Nicola Tesla, Benjamin Franklin
    Hmm. Serbian, apostle of alternating current. British subject, later American citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snapguy View Post
    The Italians invented electricity, did they? Did they also invent Al Gore who invented the Internet?
    Should have said: The Italians invented electricity (according to James May - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuCff8nCxBU skip to 3:00).
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    Sidetracked Again :)

    Quote Originally Posted by CatLABS View Post
    Should have said: The Italians invented electricity (according to James May - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuCff8nCxBU skip to 3:00).
    Isn't just amazing how one little, innocent statement can completely sidetrack a thread.
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