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Old 09-26-2015   #41
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"Torturing" the 100mm F2.9 Anticomar, shooting directly into the sun.
Plaubel Makina III F2.9 lens wide-open, Foma Classic 200, Microdol-X replenished.

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Ye Olde Mill. One of the original stones.
Plaubel Makina III 100mm F2.9 Anticomar wide-open, Foma Classic 200, Microdol-X (replenished)

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Ye Olde Mill. Machinery of old.
Plaubel Makina III 100mm F2.9 Anticomar, Foma Classic 200, Microdol-X (replenished).
Cropped slightly due to overlapping frames in the film holder.
Scenes like this in partial sun would benefit from higher speed film.
ISO 400 & 3200 film they did not have when this camera was in it's heydey.

Any other Makina shooters out there? Please contribute
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You can see how small and compact the camera is when using sheet film holders.
BTW I applied "Venetian Creme" from CameraTools to the scrapes on the body leather and it looks like new now. Works like magic.

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Three 6x6 Film Backs for the Plaubel Makina III. And the RARE 6x6 Viewfinder Mask for the Makina III. Today just arrived, two more Plaubel Makina filters, these came from a camera collection from Cuba

Two of these backs are loaded with film. I have not tested any of them at this point, but I will soon. It will be interesting to see how the camera handles as a 6x6. As a 6x9 obviously it is wonderful.

Also I want to mount a large strobe on this baby. Maybe one of my Norman 200B's would be a good fit. I'll need a Makina sync cord and a Makina flash mounting plate, if anybody knows where I can find one cheaply (PM Me)..... Truly a strut reportage camera with a lot of significant history.

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Here is what I have in mind for strobe photography with the Makina III.

I used to use these Stroboframe Brackets on my Hasselblads for Wedding Photography; I have five or six of them around. Added a Bogen Manfrotto Tripod Plate, Bantam Battery, and a Vivitar 283 with Inflatable Photoflex Softbox. Bulky Yes, Heavy, No. Had to re-drill the bottom socket to fit the bottom of the Makina. Actually fits fairly tightly, should be fine.

Works as well on the Plaubel Makina as the Hasselblad. All I need to do is figure out how to sync the strobe. Maybe some contact pins can be had from Radio Shack to fit the Makina triple socket in the front? Beautiful soft portable strobe lighting that I prefer for candids.

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Beautiful equipment here. All thought of using a digital camera go away. This is art.
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Maybe some contact pins can be had from Radio Shack to fit the Makina triple socket in the front?
The pins won't be the hard part - these look as if printed-circuit posts could do as a substitute. But you would have to have a matching plug 3D printed - 283's are high voltage, I would not want to have a bare connector right where I might rest my finger.

Many Makinas hereabouts have a standard PC socket - these days it might be cheaper to buy a replacement camera...
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Thanks Raid,
For your kind comments. Appreciate it. I'm having a lot of fun

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The pins won't be the hard part - these look as if printed-circuit posts could do as a substitute. But you would have to have a matching plug 3D printed - 283's are high voltage, I would not want to have a bare connector right where I might rest my finger.

Many Makinas hereabouts have a standard PC socket - these days it might be cheaper to buy a replacement camera...
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I wish I still had the Makina Flashbulb Unit I sold to the UK a couple of years ago. It had the original three-prong Makina Male Flash Cord with Socket that would plug right into this camera. There is a switch on the front of the camera that goes from "X" to "M" so that explains the three flash sockets. So if I had one of those Plaubel Cords, I could cut it and solder it onto the 283 sync cord; I used to do this all the time, even with some of my Monster Broncolor Studio Flashes.
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OK It's been pointed out to me, on another forum that I frequent, that Plaubel made an adapter (three-pin male to modern female pc) which will suit my needs perfectly for connecting a modern strobe cord.

See here; it's plugged into the Makina III in the first picture:
This is a great Plaubel Makina website. Check it out.

http://www.120folder.com/makina_iii.htm

Now, if anybody here knows where I can buy one of these adapters, please let me know. Merry Christmas Everybody!
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Nokton,

some really lovely photos from the Makina III!

Are the sheet film holders hard to get? It looks like it would be much easier to work with it handheld since you get your eye closer to "the action" compared to the bulky roll film holder. They look like they are single-sided, right?

It would be cool to have one of these, just for fun, since I spend a lot of time in the Frankfurt area. But I guess it won't happen - but one can dream ...
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Now, if anybody here knows where I can buy one of these adapters, please let me know. Merry Christmas Everybody!
I've seen them as part of collector grade complete Makina III kits, but don't think I've ever run across a spare. You might try asking Horst Rusch of Foto Brell ([email protected]) - if there is anybody in town who has one it will be him.
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Nokton, some really lovely photos from the Makina III!

Are the sheet film holders hard to get? It looks like it would be much easier to work with it handheld since you get your eye closer to "the action" compared to the bulky roll film holder. They look like they are single-sided, right?

It would be cool to have one of these, just for fun, since I spend a lot of time in the Frankfurt area. But I guess it won't happen - but one can dream ...
Hi Jerevan,
Thanks for the comments.

I've not really had any trouble finding cut film holders over time. Like the cameras, sometimes they are very expensive, and sometimes not. I have accumulated fifty of them over thirty years, but I have three Makiflexes, and the Makina III. Yes they are single-sided, and very compact on the camera. The camera is easier to operate with the plates, because the roll holders are bulky and push your face away from the camera (but it can be done).

I buy 6.5x9cm film in Germany and the UK via the internet.

AG-Photographic tells me that they are right down the road from the Ilford plant. They say the Ilford truck comes by with deliveries almost every day. http://www.ag-photographic.co.uk/fp4...m-25-186-p.asp
I have bought a lot of 6.5cmx9cm Ilford FP4+ from them


Wephoto (Orwo I think) 6.5cmx9cm film I buy here:
http://www.lumiere-shop.de/index.php...duct&info=1481
I have also bought a lot from them.

B&H in NYC used to stock 6.5cmx9cm Efke in ASA 25 and 100.
I bought twenty boxes of each, before it was all gone.
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I've seen them as part of collector grade complete Makina III kits, but don't think I've ever run across a spare. You might try asking Horst Rusch of Foto Brell ([email protected]) - if there is anybody in town who has one it will be him.
Thank You Sevo!
I will try emailing them.
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Further regarding 6.5cmx9cm sheet film:

I can process up to eighteen 6.5cmx9cm sheets in one run, using the JOBO 2509n reels and the JOBO Multitank 5. The small one reel Multitank 1 tank is good if I want to try inversion or stand development. I spin the Multitank 5 on an old Unicolor Uniroller.

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Here are my smallish film holders, from Germany and the UK. Four of the Linhof 6.5x9cm, and four of the Linhof 2 1/4x3 1/4". Enough to go out for a shoot. The 2x3 film I buy fresh from Freestyle. 6.5x9cm I have been buying from Europe on the internet. www.lumiere-shop.de has been a good resource for me for 9x12cm Wephoto (I think this is Orwo?). Today on Ebay I bought three old boxes of Orwo NP20 6.5x9cm (from Bulgaria). Outdated but said to be usuable. B&H in New York used to have Efke 25 & 100 in 6.5x9cm. I bought twenty boxes of each, when they were closing it out. I do buy Ilford from AG in the UK. They tell me they are right up the road from the Ilford plant.

Are there other internet dealers with 6.5x9cm film for sale? Where are they?

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Are there other internet dealers with 6.5x9cm film for sale? Where are they?
Fotoimpex have Adox CHS 100II and Fomapan 100 in 6.5x9cm. Many German dealers have one or the other, or can order it (at least if you can talk German on the phone). What has become difficult to get here is 2x3" film (the corresponding US format, 5.7x8.3cm) - while it still seems to be listed by Foma, it has been out of stock for more than a year upstream of all German dealers I've tried.
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I emailed Photoimpex, and Benjamin responded, "Fomapan 100 is not available in 6.5x9cm".
But they do have Adox CHS 100II, which is good to know. I have plenty of Efke PL100 in 6.5x9cm, and lots of Ilford FP4+ in 6.5x9cm, which is easy to get in the UK.

The shop www.lumiere-shop.de has Wephoto 6.5x9cm 100 ASA, which is good. They are on holiday until Febuary 2nd. I will probably order some of that at that time.

The dealer in Bulgaria has nine unopened boxes of Orwo NP20 (dated 1999) in 6.5x9, so I bought all of it. Outdated and -slightly- foggy but excellent results he claims (with extra exposure) when processed in Microphen. Anyway the price was very good. So we will see, that is 225 sheets. Total cost 37.5 cents per sheet.

Are there other German shops on the internet that stock (or order) 6.5x9cm B&W film? I need one that speaks English, and takes Visa, can't do bank transfers from here. Much too expensive to do and zero tracking, so not good for me. I need shops that take Paypal.

Maybe I will have to stick to Foma 200 in 120 rollfilm? No sheets anywhere?
I'm still looking.
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Searching around the internet today, I found this kewl website on the old Plaubel Makinas. I guess we are not the only ones that think these are "Steampunk Cameras"

http://www.dieselpunks.org/profiles/...era-12-plaubel
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I emailed Photoimpex, and Benjamin responded, "Fomapan 100 is not available in 6.5x9cm".
Their web site claims that they have it. But they made a mess of backconverting the nominal size in inches to cm - it is listed as being 1mm short each edge, i.e. as 6,4x8,9cm film.
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Their web site claims that they have it. But they made a mess of backconverting the nominal size in inches to cm - it is listed as being 1mm short each edge, i.e. as 6,4x8,9cm film.

OK Thanks! Will check it out.

I wonder if it is 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"? Smaller by a bit in both dimensions than 6.5cmx9cm. But I will take what I can get

Also I just won 25 sheets of outdated 6.5cmx9cm Orwo NP15, which is an 25 ASA product. Also from Bulgaria.
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OK Thanks! Will check it out.

I wonder if it is 2 1/4" x 3 1/4"?
No, that would be quite a bit smaller (57x83mm) - they have none of these (a pity, as I own some unusually excellent holders for that format). They obviously made the error of converting by calculator rather than by table of equivalents, as they make the same error the other way around as well - the imperial size they give for 6.5x9cm film is 2.55x3.55"
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No, that would be quite a bit smaller (57x83mm) - they have none of these (a pity, as I own some unusually excellent holders for that format). They obviously made the error of converting by calculator rather than by table of equivalents, as they make the same error the other way around as well - the imperial size they give for 6.5x9cm film is 2.55x3.55"

Wow!

I have indeed found it! Thank you Sevo! Wonder why it only shows up this way? Very Odd.........

https://www.fotoimpex.de/shopen/syst...r=5646000&pn=0

Ordered ten boxes, so that it 500 sheets for the Plaubels We will see.
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It's called the "Makiblitz", that little silver round Plaubel adapter for Makina flash sync. And I think I have found one from a reliable dealer. We will see. I would love to be able to use the Plaubel Makina for strobe "reportage photography". That is a use for which it is truly intended. What a history it has. And I would use film up so much more quickly! Stay tuned.
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Kool catalog.

Now, I suppose you are going to have to find one of those focal plane shutters? Think of that an interchangeable focal plane shutter. No wonder they did not thing a fast front shutter was important.
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Now, I suppose you are going to have to find one of those focal plane shutters? Think of that an interchangeable focal plane shutter. No wonder they did not thing a fast front shutter was important.
1/200 is perfect for hand holding as well as 1/100 with the Makina III. In a pinch in low-light I have successfully used 1/50, and with care the photos are sharp. The focal plane shutter is 1/1000. That would be cool for stopping action. See the soccer player in the catalog. The focal plane shutter is collectable and rare and so are Makinas! Amazing how tough this camera is, but not lightweight. And it folds up into your jacket pocket (put the film holders in the other pocket).
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Innis Woods, Plaubel Makina III handheld, Foma 200, Microdol-X

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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

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


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

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

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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

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

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^^^ 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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