Makiflex Automatic with two Automatic lenses.
Took this to the holiday meeting of the Ohio Camera Collecting Society. Everybody agrees it is cool :cool:
The Makiflex Automatic (because it has an auto-iris mechanism in the lens).
I have the Plaubel 180mm Auto Schneider Xenar, and the Plaubel 240mm Auto Xenar. Other lenses that were notable, and available in Auto, were the 150mm F2.8 Xenotar, the 360mm Schneider Tele-Xenar, and the Schneider 240mm Tele-Arton. :whistling:
A trio of Plaubel Makiflexes.
The final Swan Song of the Plaubel Camera Company, (in the early 1960's) was the reflex-SLR version Plaubel Makiflex. Here is my collection of Makiflexes, the two on the left, are the Automatic "Makiflex". Very similar to a European Auto Graflex, with automatic diaphragm mechanism. You cock the lens, and it stops down the lens right before exposure (hence "Automatic"). The Plaubel original lenses are the 180mm Schneider Xenar, and the 210mm F4.5 Schneider Xenar. On the right, is the "Makiflex Standard" with 150mm F2.8 Schneider Xenotar. This model has a more restricted range of shutter speeds, and no auto-iris provision.
These cameras are from what I call "The Golden Age of Photography".
My Collection of Makiflex Lenses.
From the upper left:
120mm H5.8 Rodenstock Imagon (mounted on a Durst Enlarger recessed lencone on a flat Plaubel lensboard). I also have the 150mm Imagon cell set which interchanges on this lensboard. 270mm F5.5 Schneider Tele-Xenar in regular barrel, 360mm F5.5 Tele-Xenar in regular barrel (Sinar Norma extension cone bolted to a Peco Jr flat lensboard), 150mm f4.5 Schneider Xenar in barrel, and Schneider 240mm f5.5 Tele-Arton (Durst Enlarger recessed lenscone mounted on a flat lensboard).
A hoot to work with and use.
New Makiflex Lens. Schneider 240mm F5.5 Tele-Arton
New Makiflex Lens arrived this week. A barrel-mounted Schneider 240mm F5.5 Tele-Arton (one of the original Makiflex lenses). Mounted onto a slighty-recessed Peco Jr board, now ready to use!
Covers 4x5, unlike my smaller 240mm f5.5 Tele-Arton, which would barely cover 6x6cm.