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    You can check out some of Seele's 127 folders on my site (along with his historical info). He's got a really nice collection!

    I've got a kershaw raven 120 which is pretty nice - I got it for 3 pounds, as it had been dropped, and the back has a large chunk of bakerlite missing (which I have to tape over). I haven't used it much but the results have a very smooth, soft (but still sharp!) look.

    My Kodak VP has a dead shutter, which kind of put me off folders for a while, but I just picked up a Foth Derby (127 half frame) and can't wait to get out and try that. The focal plane shutter is just about working (it took a bit of coaxing to get it running but seems OK now), though the second curtain has a few tiny holes, so I'll need to lens cap it when its not being used. If the results are good I may find out how much a repair would be...

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    Just a little update: My father recently donated his Welta Welti to me - so now I'm the proud owner and user of that too!
    Seele, I knew that Welta made other sizes - but not that anyone else used them

    The Voigtländer Tourist I thought I had bought turned out to be a Voigtländer Bergheil 9x12cm - with 150mm Heliar lens! Lucky me

    I've got me a Bessa too. 6x9 negatives are great - and fun to make cyanotypes from!

    My latest aquisition is yet to arrive; a 18x24cm "Reisekamera", probably German, possibly old.
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    Ian,

    Thanks for your kind words; I am putting some brand-new 127 Plus-X through these cameras, fingers crossed!

    As you are in the UK, speaking of Kershaw reminded me of a few of their other products. The "bird" series such as Penguin, Curlew, Peregrine, etc covered a wide range of specification levels, I feel sure that a Peregrine II or III would still be a very potent machine for picture taking. Once I had two Curlews (6X9) with Taylor-Hobson lenses in their own Talykron shhutters and they were stunning; too had I got a little too tempted when someone waved a rather large stack of money in front of me...

    The later Kershaws of 6X6 formats after its acquision by GB (Gaumont-Britain) were a little less capable in the imaging department, top model had a f/4.5 lens, the intermediate one with a f/6.3. I had a f/6.3 version and I loved the shutter release which is integrated as part of the baseboard; you squeeze it and it clicks, vibrationless. Too bad the on-film image got a little fuzzy approaching the corners of the negative though.

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    The kershaw names have to make you wonder... Peregrine, Raven fair enough but you've got to ask yourself what sort of person thought that Penguin was a good name for their new product! I'm surprised there was never a Kershaw Dodo...

    The Raven seems to be one of the rarer ones (at least compared to Penguins are pretty common) though not particulary high quality. It's got a f/6.3 Kershaw Astigmat lens which seems pretty nice. It 6x9 and very useable.

    Ian

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    I have a Zeis Ikonta 521 (6x4.5) and a Crown Graphic Special (4x5) at the moment.
    Brian McDowell

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    I have an Agfa folder that takes 6x9 images. Taped up a bunch of holes in teh bellows about a month ago and took it out for a shoot. Well it takes wonderful pics, but I didn't find all the leaks as I had a significant number of light streaks.

    Not the sharpest lense I've used but it imparts a very neat "feel" to the pics. I will try it again when I have some time.

    Maybe I can convince Ian to scan one of the negs for me so I can share it with you all.
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    My favorite folder is an early 1900's beautiful brown leather covered Ansco. Unfortunately it uses 116 film. I know some 116 cameras have been modified to use 120 film, but I have not figured out how to know when to stop winding for each exposure and I don't want to cut a hole in the back of a collector camera. I have ordered a 1930's Zeiss Nettar 4.5x6 folder which I hope to fix up to be usable.
    [FONT=Century Gothic][/FONT][SIZE=7][/SIZE][COLOR=DarkOrange][/COLOR] I may be getting older, but I refuse to grow up!

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    I noticed some mention of Graflex folders. While in the Navy many years ago , I was assigned a Graflex Super Speed. If I could afford yet another camera today, this would be the folder I would want to own. Might do that in the future. Means that I would have to upgrade the darkroom and also load my own film holders. O Well something to look foward to in the years to come.

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    I have an Iskra, and while the build quality is suspect, it's capable of nice shots. My favorite, though, is a $30.00 Zeiss Nettar 517/16 w/a slow lens and guess focus. But that uncoated optic has a definite "look." I can get those pearly skin tones more easily with it than any of my other cameras. Plus, it's tiny when folded up, and is a lovely bit of workmanship.
    "If You Push Something Hard Enough, It Will fall over" - Fudd's First Law of Opposition

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    Two more folder nuts here - we have over 30 now but the Perkeo's and Bessa's are the ones I like best

    Jenny.

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