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    It's too bad that the camera makers of yesteryear didn't try to make a wide angle version of their folders. The fixed-lens wide angle cameras are very pricey, even today: Brooks Veriwide, Rolleiwide, Plaubel Makina, etc.

    I've seen conversions of folders to add a wide angle lens. Sort of cool, but of course you have to know what you're doing. I'm not sure that I could do that. It would be fun to try, however!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JDP View Post
    Hi,
    Did you really get a 6x9 with a 75mm lens (so wide-angle)? I would love a folder like that!
    No, and sorry for the confusion. it was late while i was writing. It has a 105mm lens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    The fix for bellows leaks(pinholes and very small holes/tears) is liquid electrical tape. Just paint on one or two thin coats, and no more light leaks. Its very flexible and even works on cheap paper bellows. Best part is its cheaper than replacing the bellows. I just finished the bellows on my Speedex Jr. and the results are fantastic. Now if I can get the shutter working...
    I wish that would work, I shoot with Autographics and I already did that and a few other things only to learn that on a Kodak Autographic camera the little door on the back of the camera leaks light that plays all kinds of havoc inside the camera. What I did was insert a well fitting piece of cardboard inside the door to fully block the slot. It took FOREVER to figure out that leak because the door is behind the film in the film holder, I only found it because the leak was always where the door is, I shined a light on the door, and presto, huge leak. At least I hope.

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    I've been using a Zeiss Nettar 6x6 with lovely results. You get used to scale focusing after a while. I just got a Zenobia for around $40 but haven't had a chance to load any film yet. The folders are pretty neat and give really nice crisp photos. I usually bring the Nettar along with a 35 or larger roll film camera, gives a nice balance. I'll post my first scans with the Zenobia once they're processed.

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    I'd love to see your Zenobia scans.

    I found one locally with the Hesper lens in excellent condition. $65 total cost. I figure I could have done better on ebay but shipping would have pushed it up to near $65 anway. Buying locally had the added benefit of being able to test it prior to paying.

    Anyway, this little camera blows me away. Here are shots from the first roll/test roll:

    http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=zeno...59657594%40N00

    Most of these were shot around f/8 at 1/100 or 1/50th. If I'd been shooting at a higher shutter speed, they'd be even more crisp. I need all shots to be so sharp but its nice knowing the capability is there when needed.

    I apologize for the size, but here is one shot with the lens. It isn't the best picture but it gives me an idea about the capability of the camera:



    As I've said elsewhere, if I come across Neo-Hesper version in the same condition, I'll probably have to pick it up as a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elekm View Post
    No, that wouldn't be possible. The 6x9 cameras had a lens in the 105mm-110mm range. The 6x4.5 and 6x6 models had lenses in the 70mm-80mm range.

    The shortest lens that I've seen on a production 6x9 Zeiss Ikon camera has been the Box Tengor, which has a 90mm lens. And that's a simple achromat.
    The Telka III is close, at 95mm, and its Sagittar is a Tessar. Actually a very sharp lens, and a pretty sturdy camera. Trick is finding one...

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