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What is this E.Leitz device?
Old 09-01-2015   #1
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What is this E.Leitz device?

Bought by a friend who doesn't know what it is or does either. It looks like an early thirties logo. There is a thread for an LTM lens on the underside of the device which has a moving rail system almost like a slide loader.
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Sliding copier. Put lens on bottom, camera on top. Slide one way to focus on screen (here on the right); slide the other way to substitute the camera for the screen. Google LEICA FULDY.

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Thanks Roger,
That didn't take long! We'll have to have a go at using it. Any idea of year and catalogue name?
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That didn't take long! We'll have to have a go at using it. Any idea of year and catalogue name?
Added: FULDY to first reply. Made 1930s-1960s (FULDY-M by then). The idea came from Willard D. Morgan in 1930 and there were various small changes across its lifetime.

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IIRC, besides its code name, its commercial name was Focoslide.

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Sliding copier. Put lens on bottom, camera on top. Slide one way to focus on screen (here on the right); slide the other way to substitute the camera for the screen. Google LEICA FULDY.

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The various FULDYs were not specifically slide copiers. They were essentially a device that, when combined with an appropriate Leica body, functioned as a "sliding back" similar to those seen on large format cameras.

They were used to for various copy work, when combined with a copy stand, and to fit Leica bodies to microscopes and other optical instruments.

I can't see the OP's posted image, but the VFs often shown attached to a FULDY were not part of the basic FLUDY, but a separate accessory. There were various such finders and as I understand it these finders also fit the early Visoflex devices.
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There are two types of finders in the early days, before WWII. The first were slide-in finders. The earliest sliding stages (Focoslide or Focaslide - both spellings were used) take slide-in finders. The second were bayonet mount finders. Most sliding stages and the second version of PLOOT and all Visoflex I reflex housing use the bayonet finder. The first version of PLOOT did not have a removable finder.

FULDY was the first Leitz New York catalog code. There were many other catalog codes along the way. Leitz Wetzlar codes begin with O.

It is interesting that these sliding stages were built in very large numbers. Today they are under appreciated, often selling for $15.00 on E-bay.
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The various FULDYs were not specifically slide copiers. They were essentially a device that, when combined with an appropriate Leica body, functioned as a "sliding back" similar to those seen on large format cameras.

They were used to for various copy work, when combined with a copy stand, and to fit Leica bodies to microscopes and other optical instruments.

I can't see the OP's posted image, but the VFs often shown attached to a FULDY were not part of the basic FLUDY, but a separate accessory. There were various such finders and as I understand it these finders also fit the early Visoflex devices.
Sliding, not slide -- as I wrote.

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There are two types of finders in the early days, before WWII. The first were slide-in finders. The earliest sliding stages (Focoslide or Focaslide - both spellings were used) take slide-in finders. The second were bayonet mount finders. Most sliding stages and the second version of PLOOT and all Visoflex I reflex housing use the bayonet finder. The first version of PLOOT did not have a removable finder.

FULDY was the first Leitz New York catalog code. There were many other catalog codes along the way. Leitz Wetzlar codes begin with O. . .
Highlight: Surely magnifiers rather than viewfinders, e.g. LVFOO for OOZAB as illustrated. There was also the rotating stage plate OORES -- though RESOO when supplied as a component for a GROOW. Then of course there was the Focoslide-M OOTGU.

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