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Old 02-02-2016   #81
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New to me 19cm f4.8 Tele-Makinar lens for my Plaubel Makina III. This one is in absolutely beautiful condition (some I see around are not so nice). This one is correct vintage and I am looking forward to using this soon. The lens is crystal clear and absolutely clean. Funny how the glass looks so "ripply" in the digiphoto; It's not that way!

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Old 02-04-2016   #82
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These Makina accessories arrived today, from the dealer Glenn Evans in Chicago. This flash adapter (to use Makina III with modern flash sync cord), is called the "Makiblitz". Very hard to find. While I was at it, I bought a Makina III viewfinder mask, to use with my new 190mm telephoto lens, and a Makina 6x6 film back. Beautifully made and hard to find as are all the thingees for the Makina. After I clean these up a bit, they will be ready to use.


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Old 02-07-2016   #83
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One of my Plaubel Makiflexes, with Plaubel 270mm f5.5 Auto-iris Schneider Tele-Arton, and Graflex 23 Roll FIlm Back. This is what I will be testing next up.
The Stovepipe Viewfinder I cobbled up myself, from an old RB67 mag hood.

2016-02-07 12.33.50 by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Old 02-08-2016   #84
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The difficult to find original Makina lenshood. Hinged to open to work with the screw-in filters I have. Looks cool on the lens, too. Shown on the new 190mm.

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Old 03-01-2016   #85
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One last Makina III lens to complete my setup. The 73mm Orthar, with another hinged (original) Plaubel Makina Shade. Looks pretty cool and from what I can tell from the internet, it's a very sharp lens and well liked generally. I need to find the supplemental clip-on optical 73mm viewfinder mask.

Frank Marshman has now shipped my Makina III, and it's on it's way back to me, and he says I am going to absolutely love it. I can't wait!! He also completely restored my 190mm ^^ (see above) he said the years were not kind to this one, and he scrubbed and cleaned every single inside part and it's now as good as it can be.

I love this stuff; It's like a pocketable medium format with Leica quality.


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Old 03-02-2016   #86
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I need to find the supplemental clip-on optical 73mm viewfinder mask.
It is a slip-on viewfinder lens, a brass frame with a concave lens that slides over the finder. I believe I might still have one somewhere around - I once got it with the lens, but never used it as the Orthar requires a ground glass for focusing in my Makina II setup.
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Old 03-02-2016   #87
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Sevo,
I would be very interested in buying your 73mm Plaubel Makina viewfinder, if you can find it and can part with it

On my Makina III, the rangefinder works with the 73mm lens (sort of tedious, but it works!), You set the camera to the 100mm setting (as usual), focus the lens using the rangefinder, and note the distance, then collapse the camera to the 73mm configuration, and scale focus the lens, using the left-hand distance scale. Depth of field should cover any errors, I would imagine.

I am curious to know if you like your 73mm Orthar?


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It is a slip-on viewfinder lens, a brass frame with a concave lens that slides over the finder. I believe I might still have one somewhere around - I once got it with the lens, but never used it as the Orthar requires a ground glass for focusing in my Makina II setup.
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Old 03-03-2016   #88
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My restored Makina III is back from Frank Marshman. Shown with the 73mm Orthar, and Plaubel Makina Lens Hood, in wideangle configuration. You can focus by distance scale, or open the camera fully, use the rangefinder, remember the distance setting, and then put the camera back in wide angle mode, and set the distance. Or you can simply focus with the ground glass.

Restored Makina III by Nokton48, on Flickr

And here is a another view. You can also see my new Makiblitz Plaubel Makina Flash Adapter.

Restored Plaubel Makina II 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr
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I would be very interested in buying your 73mm Plaubel Makina viewfinder, if you can find it and can part with it
I'll search for it.

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I am curious to know if you like your 73mm Orthar?
It is rather tedious to use on the II, as you have to swap cells, and on my II there is no scale to scale focus with - so I only used it for a few tests. The image quality at f/11 is good enough, but my pre-war Biogon is as good by f/8, and that in a smaller format. Given the handling and (at least in my sample) a useful speed that quite firmly was not hand-holdable with the film speeds available back then, it is not surprising that only few people bought it when new.
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2016-07-15 13.41.57 by Nokton48, on Flickr

My new Makina IIIR with 100mm F4.5 Anticomar (sharp lens), and my Makina III with 100mm F2.9 Anticomar (high-speed lens).

The new Makina IIIR is a bit worn, but rangefinder is good, shutter good, and should clean up nicely.

Glad to have them both! Makina IIIR has 1/400 speed shutter.
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Old 07-22-2016   #91
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Makiflex Retro 320 - 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Makiflex 360mm Kern-Arau Process Lens, Foma Soft Retro 320 9x12cm (cropped) Microdol-X


Plaubel Makina III Efke 100 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Plaubel Makina III Anticomar F2.9 wide-open Efke PL100 6x9cm cut film Microdol-X

Plaubel Makina III Ilford FP4+ by Nokton48, on Flickr

Makina III F2.9 Anticomar wide-open, 6x9cm Ilford FP4+ cut film Microdol-X

Makina Innis Woods Foma by Nokton48, on Flickr

Plaubel Makina III 100mm F2.9 Anticomar wide open Foma 200 roll film Microdol-X

Makina III Foma 200 6x9 cut film by Nokton48, on Flickr

Plaubel Makina III Anticomar F2.9 wide open Foma 200 6x9 cut film Microdol-X

Makina III Efke PL100 #1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Plaubel Makina Anticomar F2.9 wide open Efke PL100 6x9 cut film Microdol-X

Makiflex Test Delta 3200 by Nokton48, on Flickr

High speed film was not an option when these cameras were new. Delta 3200 at EI 800 Schneider 360mm Tele-Arton wide-open

makiflex #6 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Makiflex 120 Schneider Angulon Foma 200 6x9 roll film Microdol-X f11 1/8 Camera on tripod

Makiflex Test #8 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Makiflex 360mm Schneider Tele-Arton Foma 200 6x9 rollfilm Microdol-X
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Old 07-23-2016   #92
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2016-07-23 13.21.41 by Nokton48, on Flickr

I enjoy the 120 Angulon on the Makiflexes. Today I mounted my 165 Angulon onto a Plaubel board (Man it was HOT in the workshop), previously I've been using this lens on my Sinar Normas. Glad to have both of the Angulons for these cameras. Here it is focused at infinity.
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Old 08-09-2016   #93
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After many years, Igor Reznik up in Cleveland is selling off his personal Makiflex stuff. Earlier this year I got his Plaubel Makiflex Auto-Iris for the 150mm F2.8 Schneider Xenotar (a rare piece for sure). Anyway I talked to him this morning, everything is gone, except the Makiflex Attachment With Bellows PX1/08. This converts the Makiflex Standard, or Automatic Makiflex, into the Pecoflex. Previously he could not find the focusing rail for this unit, so frankly, I wasn't really interested. But now, he found all the pieces, and I just bought the complete unit. Will post some pictures when I get it.

Since I have three Makiflexes, this will be a very useful accessory to have for this system


Makiflex Bellows by Nokton48, on Flickr

It looks like this ^^ when all put together. This one looks like it has a Sinar Rollback on it.
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Old 08-09-2016   #94
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Makiflex #2 w/Auto Iris back today from Ken Ruth. The restoration took a year, shutter was sticky and not really usuable for serious work. Also he installed a new bellows which I ordered from Camera Bellows in the UK. The 150mm Plaubel Auto-iris Schneider Xenar was squeaky and slow-acting. He has sorted that as well.

So far it seems to operate like a brand new camera!

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Old 08-19-2016   #95
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Makiflex Bellows Attachment by Nokton48, on Flickr

The Bellows Attachment for the Plaubel Makiflex. Turns the Makiflex into the Pecoflex. Have lots of front moves. Basically a Plaubel Peco Jr (view camera) Front End. Since I have three Makiflexes, this is an incredibly useful accessory. Purchased from Igor's Camera in Cleveland. Shown with Schneider 300mm Componon lens. The Cable Release is from my Sinar Norma collection.
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Old 09-06-2016   #96
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Fujis on Makiflexes by Nokton48, on Flickr

^^^ Here are the new Fuji GX lenses on two of the Makiflexes. On the left, is the new 125mm on recessed board, with the Fuji GX Compendium Hood. I've remarked the f/stops, using the classic method of measuring with ruler, and marking. Since I've got the lenses, I'm glad I grabbed the compendium hood for $21. In the center, the new Seiko shutter arrived today from Japan, and the 150mm GX goes on that one. On the far right is the135mm GX, which still needs a bit of work to get it right.
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Old 09-14-2016   #97
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Plaubel Makina III 190mm by Nokton48, on Flickr

^^^ Been out using the new Makina III, shown here with the 19cm telephoto f4.8 Anticomar. Interesting how it works, you focus as you would with the standard 100mm, then transfer the distance setting to the 190mm lens helical, not changing anything from your initial focus. It works perfectly and the ground glass back confirms perfect sharpness. Focusing this lens would be impossible without the Makina rangefinder mechanism, it goes way in and out as you turn the helical (it is very touchy). Quirky and strange but fast and sure and wonderful to use. Shown huddled around the Makina III are some of my many many boxes of 6x9cm cut film.

Been testing the 100mm F4.8 Anticomar too. The beautiful fall weather is coming, looking forward to getting out and using these babies. This camera is so much fun to use, now that I am used to it's unique shooting requirements. I also understand how Roger could become frustrated using it, there is a definite learning curve and many issues to overcome. Rolls of film back in the forties and fifties and sixties were not made to the same specs as the modern stuff we use now, but there are ways to compensate. I enjoy working through and working out the problems.

No wonder the Makinas were the favorites of the elite photo press and the rich and famous!
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Old 10-02-2016   #98
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^^^I bought these three 6x9cm Plaubel Makina film holders, and this Plaubel Makina Pop-Up Viewing Hood, for $12 on Ebay. I had a lot of fun restoring the Pop-Up Hood. I re-glued the fabric side pieces back down with Goodyear Pliobond, and cut plastic/paper strips on my Roto-Trimmer, which I glued in the inside, to stiffen up the action of the hood. You can see them inside the Pop-Up Hood in the digifoto. Finally, I bought a 5x7" Fresnel Magnifying Sheet for $2.25 on Ebay, and trimmed it to perfect size on the Roto-Trimmer, and installed it inside the hood. It all works a treat, the Plaubel Pop-Up Hood is as good as new, and a bonus is that it also fits my Plaubel Makiflexes, as well as the two Plaubel Makinas I own. Not at all bad for $12.50! I think I will apply some leather dye to the back and it will look like new and function much better than when it was new.

The Great Great Grandfather of the HOODMAN

Here is the fresnel. This woill work great with any folding camera viewing hood. You can really see the groundglass image with this installed!

http://www.ebay.com/itm/350856015268...%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
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^^^ Fuji GX680 '90s vintage electronic lenses hacked to '60s vintage mechanical Plaubel makiflexes. 125mm f5.6, 135mm f5.6, 150mm f5.6, 180mm f5.6, and 250mm F5.6 It takes me about half an hour to break, bend, saw, bust, and toss a Fuji GX680 lens, to get to the intact front and rear cells.
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Scan-161104-0001 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Ye Olde Mill, Utica, Ohio.

Plaubel Makina IIIR, F4.2 Anticomar (the super-rare sharp lens!) Ilford FP4+ roll film, Legacy Pro Mic-X, Replenished.

Edges are not swirly like with the F2.9 Anticomar. Plaubel recommended this Makina lens for travel and reportage.

Roger, Here is the F4.2 Anticomar!
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Automatic Makiflex 150 Xenotar by Nokton48, on Flickr

"Old Bag of Nails" parking lot folk art.
Took my wife to lunch. Getting this photo was a bonus.

My first HANDHELD Plaubel Makiflex photo! I think a success.

Makiflex Automatic, 150mm F2.8 Schneider Xenotar wide-open, Ilford FP4+ roll film, Legacy Pro Mic-X Replenished.

Love this Xenotar!

Edit: We went here yesterday, and this has been vandalized and ruined. What a shame!
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Makiflex Std 150 Xenotar 105 Red Sinar Filter + 4XND by Nokton48, on Flickr

Apple tree in my back yard. Shot off my back deck.

Automatic Makiflex (back from Ken Ruth!) 150mm F2.8 Schneider Xenotar wide-open, Sinar 105mm Red Filter and 4XND, Foma 200 roll film, Legacy Pro Mic-X, Replenished
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GX680 125 f5 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Quick test image. Fuji GX680 125mm f5.6 lens hacked to Plaubel Makiflex. Iford FP4+ Microdol-X. Camera was against the curb on a tripod, busy rush hour traffic whizzing by the Makiflex. Had to wait a while to not get any cars in the frame.

Nice lens, different from my 120 Angulons. Glad I have it; I also have the 125mm GX F3.2 but have not tested it yet

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Merry Christmas to you too!

Love work and background, please keep sharing!

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My collection of Fuji GX680 lenses thus far, all converted to mechanical Plaubel Makiflex. I have not had time to work on these recently, but I did finish the 180 & 250 today. Haven't felt much like making pictures, recently. I need more Peco Jr recessed boards, I have -one- more coming all the way from Poland...... I waited two and a half months for more #1 Wista mounting plates to arrive from Singapore. Shipping snafu of some sort. The Peco Jr recessed boards can be rare and expensive. Still looking for the 180mm & 115mm F3.2 GX680 lenses (at low prices), & maybe some more wides, if they function properly on the Makiflex Standard. It's a bit of a craps shoot, no way to know for sure what issues will come up with these wide wide lenses.
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New lens arrived from Japan. The 180mm F3.2 Fuji GX680, hacked to Plaubel Automatic Makiflex #2 This lens has incredible resolution and has some what of a cult following.

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Found this on the internet. I've since been told they are now sharing a space with an Auto dealership. Still, I am pleased to know they are still around! Very friendly to talk to.
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Pecoflex2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

More Plaubel Eye Candy. The Plaubel Pecoflex!
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My Makiflex collection continues to grow. The Makiflex Auto-Iris Schneider 360mm F5.8 F5.5 Tele-Xenar. Another original factory Makiflex lens.
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DSC05687 by Nokton48, on Flickr

One more. Thanks to Igor in Cleveland, I have the Pecoflex Adapter for the Makiflex. Here it is shown with the 360mm F5.5 Schneider Tele-Arton, one of my favorite lenses to use so far. I just scored another Plaubel Tripod Head from Germany, I've had my eye on it for quite a while.

As it warms up around here, and my time frees up, I will be out making more Plaubel photographs. Quite looking forward to that.
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An interesting article from a German photo magazine (from 1962) introducing the Plaubel Makiflex.

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