Here are a couple more that scanned this morning. I bought this camera in 1992 at a used camera store in Seattle. It came with an early 100mm lens and an early non-anatomical grip. I don't know the history before that other than the manual that came with it was property of the Santa Monica Police Department. I was getting back into photography and the Universal gave me the biggest negative in medium format, a rangefinder, and it's a system camera. I got it with a ground glass back. Oh, yes. It was cheaper than anything else in it's class.
Three years ago I picked up a Super 23
with a bad rangefinder and a good lens and grip that is now on the Universal. I removed the rangefinder
from the Super 23 and then took to a machine shop to be flat topped
. I took off the cable from the grip. Too much slop. I prefer to use the shutter release on the lens.
The Universal is heavy but handles well with the grip. I carried it around with me, along with an Olympus XA2, on a trip I made to Washington, DC, and New York City a year ago. I have entries from my journal as well as pictures taken with XA2 and this Universal here
. Most of the pictures are with the XA2 but the Universal pictures are identified with "MF". I also use it for product photography.
If I'm going to be doing close-ups I will need to clean the camera off a little better.