I have a Schneider 150mm F2.8 Xenotar, which -was- one of the original lenses offered by Plaubel for the Makiflexes. Mine came from that Guy with the Ballistics Company that was selling stuff on Ebay for months on end. Plaubel offered it in a spring-loaded auto-iris version to fit the "Makiflex Automatic". This was the model with the auto-aperture controls, like an Auto Graflex.
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Mine is the straight version, I mounted it in a "Plaubel Peco Junior" recessed lensboard, which will fit my Makiflex Standard (no iris control) but -not- my Makiflex Auto's. It will focus to infinity with the recessed board, but the camera will not fire, the rear cell of the Xenotar keeps the mirror from flipping up. But it is GREAT for medium length to close-up use. Sure is easy to focus at F2.8. Lens speed was a requirement of the Makiflex designers, I'm certain. I may remount this lens in the future, into a different board (maybe just -slightly- recessed). I will have to do some more thinking about that
Igor (from Igor's Cameras) up in Cleveland had a Makiflex Automatic, but I think he sold all his Makiflex stuff. He told me he had a copy of the 150mm F2.8 Xenotar in Auto-Iris Mount, but the cells were badly scratched, and not usuable. He was looking for Xenotar cells at the time, to swap out
These -are- interesting- cameras. I'm enjoying my three cameras. The 2x3 Graphmatic does not fit my new 2x3 Makiflex back, the Graphmatic is too thick to fit in the back.
The strap on this camera body is homemade, using Nylon Webbing, and some Black Velvet sewn-in, for comfort. I need to make straps for my two other Makiflex bodies, but haven't gotten around to it yet.
I also had a friend drill-and-tap some metric machine bolts, which fit the cable release sockets on these cameras. I can then screw-in Sinar Norma Cable Releases, and it works very well for tipping the cameras. I cut the machine bolt length to fit the camera's socket, using a hack saw.
I have hiked for miles with this camera, looking for landscapes, and not too surprisingly, it is very portable and easy to use handheld. It is bulky but not excessively heavy, in my experience. Not too bad with a wide strap for carrying.
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