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    I'm thinking about getting a new camera, but probably, used lenses. It is expensive, but it is a life-long "investment". At least I don't need to deal with holes, dust, rust, possibility that a camera was stolen.....
    David is absolutely correct Linhof cameras will outlive no only DSLRs but us as well.

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    I own a Linhof Technika V of more than 30 years (young). Some months ago I was at the company in Munchen and the man who has handbuild my camera in 1987 was still working there. He was very pleased to see that this camera looks and functions so well after all that years. I go for an other 60 years...
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    I also have a Tech 5 and it's a great camera. I can use a 90mm lens without dropping the bed which is handy and I also have the universal finder which is a good thing. This, combined with the rangefinder, allows you to use it as a press camera.
    I have to concur that the Tech 5 is a much better buy than the Master which sells for very inflated prices. the only advantage that the Master has is for using very wide angle lenses, with the hinged flap at the top also permitting some rise for the lens standard.
    They are very well built machines with the only problem I have encountered is the grey leather bits keep trying to escape. Also it pays to be a bit gentle with the lever that raises the lens standard.
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    The flap on the Master Tech is useful for a few modern lenses from 72-80mm, and maybe the newest 90mm lenses that would allow for enough front rise that the bellows might actually hit the front of the camera body. Wider than 72mm the lens will be too far into the camera body for the flap to be of use.

    Another thing that goes wrong on older Techs is the plastic covers on the back that guide the Graflok slides, which crack with fatigue after 20-odd years and make it impossible to use the slides. When I last sent my Tech V in for service and to have another lens cammed, I had these replaced and ordered a pair of spares, in case I have to replace them again.
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    I would compare the quality of the Linhof Technika to that of a classic Leica or Rolleiflex. Cameras built to impeccable standards, made to be used for years and passed on to the next generation. I had the Tech V and now use a 30 year old Master Tech and wouldn't hesitate to replace it with one of the three models your were considering. If you don't need the rangefinder, then go for the Technika 2000 or 3000. Slightly smaller size and weight but any of the three models would serve you very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony lockerbie View Post
    Also it pays to be a bit gentle with the lever that raises the lens standard.
    Tony
    I had this exact problem, (i.e. mine broke) and had it replaced with a dial fabricated by our local repair guru Horst Wenzel. Except for a very wide angle lens, that's quite recessed within the body, it's sooo much easier to use.

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    The crank handle isn't usually the problem on the front rise. It's that people usually strip the first few teeth on the bottom of the gear track by overcranking it. If you have a 75mm or shorter lens, as I do, the crank lever is really useful. I wouldn't replace it with a knob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddy View Post
    I had this exact problem, (i.e. mine broke) and had it replaced with a dial fabricated by our local repair guru Horst Wenzel. Except for a very wide angle lens, that's quite recessed within the body, it's sooo much easier to use.

    I have a 5x7 Tech V, with metal gear track and gears, but with a plastic ratchet assembly. When my plastic ratchet eventually fails, I hope to do the same modification as Paddy did.
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    My 4x5" Tech V has a metal ratchet assembly and a plastic gear track. You've got to wonder in an otherwise over-engineered camera, why they wouldn't offer all metal gearing on this. Sinar uses plastic gear tracks, because they are smoother, but they offer at least the option of a brass gear track upgrade on the front rise of the P and P2 for people who regularly use heavier lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David A. Goldfarb View Post
    The crank handle isn't usually the problem on the front rise. It's that people usually strip the first few teeth on the bottom of the gear track by overcranking it. If you have a 75mm or shorter lens, as I do, the crank lever is really useful. I wouldn't replace it with a knob.
    That's interesting - I have a Linhof Color monorail camera. The front standard on this is very similar if not the same as a Tech V. The front crank on it has stopped working. If the problem is with the gear track as you say, then would the front crank engage if I move standard up a bit?

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