Here's a thread on the LF Forum about the manufacturer history of Zone VI cameras. The thread was started by someone who had just bought a camera that, by the photos posted, looks exactly like mine. Mine is cherry, with silver nickel-plated hardware, not brass gold-plated, and without a bail back. Front has tilt, swing, and rise/fall, and rear has tilt and swing. What I believe to be the serial number is 267: it is embossed in the black hardware the holds the camera together, and there is a number 67 embossed on the top of the camera bed at the rear.
I did not know that there was a Zone VI 4x5 version that came before mine. The ones after I was aware of, but not before. I've always been very satisfied with the Wista version. Still have it along with the entire kit I got from Zone VI. Everything works fine. (As do all of the various darkroom items as well. That was good stuff.)
I'm only slightly bummed that what landed in my lap wasn't the later and arguably better Wista version like yours, with more features like the bail back, but on the upside this Tachihara is very, very light and couldn't be more compact. According to the manual leaflet included, its weight is 3-1/4 lbs. and it measures 3-1/2" x 7-1/4" x 8-1/2" when folded, 12" max. bellows extension.
Viewing filter for B&W work.
Originally Posted by Terry Christian