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Old 10-02-2016   #81
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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.

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

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Ye Olde Mill, Utica, Ohio. "The Ice Cream Factory". Took my wife for Ice Cream. I like the precision framing on this one. The Makina viewfinder is QUITE accurate to use, even at the extreme edges. This is a handheld image.

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 Hicks, here is the F4.2 Anticomar!
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Old 11-05-2016   #83
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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 back 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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Old 12-25-2016   #86
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Merry Christmas to you too!

Love work and background, please keep sharing!

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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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Thank you Raid. I appreciate your kind thoughts.
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Plaubel Makina Flash by Nokton48, on Flickr

From the Internet:
The stylish sophisticated reportage rig for the upscale Photojournalist: The Plaubel Makina!
Note: I am still looking for the Makina Flash Bracket. Notice how nicely it balances, even with a BIG flash. Perhaps a German Mecablitz?
Also, does anyone have the Accessory 73mm Wideangle Viewfinder Mask? I WANT ONE.
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Old 05-29-2017   #91
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2016-02-03 18.05.03 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here is my stash of ORWO 6x9cm cut film. Purchased last year from several different dealers in Bulgaria. It has been suggested to me to use Ilford Microphen. Since the film is outdated I will add two stops as a start. Results should be interesting. 6x9cm cut film is not easy to find.



2016-02-16 15.26.52 by Nokton48, on Flickr

And here is my stash of fresh film, ordered from several sources in Germany. Fresh 6x9cm Foma 100, and Adox CHS 100 II in 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" sheets. These will fit my Linhof holders, and fit my Makiflex camera back in that size.
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Making IIS set

I was inspired. Recently I found a nice set on the auction site, a IIs with a set of three lenses, roll film back, hood, and several filters and sheet holders. Serviced. Will put a roll in ASAP and have some fun with it.
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I was inspired. Recently I found a nice set on the auction site, a IIs with a set of three lenses, roll film back, hood, and several filters and sheet holders. Serviced. Will put a roll in ASAP and have some fun with it.
Good Looking Makina. Best of Luck with it. Let us know how it goes.
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Old 06-12-2017   #94
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Sadly, the sheet holders are useless. I'm looking at your earlier pictures of them, and mine seem to be missing an insert that would hold the film flat, as well as block the light on the right edge. Since I will be using the roll film back it isn't that big of an issue.
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Old 06-12-2017   #95
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I've had to buy inserts for some of my holders. It is doable but there are many different kinds so you have to be really careful. Sometimes I would buy "other-brand" holders just to get the inserts!

6.5x9cm sheet film is not very cost effective compared to roll film, but is very different and fun to me.
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I still have rolls of Makina and Makiflex photos that I need to develop. I am still in the process of filling my Jobo film tank. Each 120 reel will hold two 120 rolls of film. My biggest tank holds four reels, so that is eight rolls of exposed film per film run.
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Yes, I probably wont sweat about the film holders. I am looking around for more roll film backs.
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Yes, I probably wont sweat about the film holders. I am looking around for more roll film backs.
I have gotten all of mine off of Ebay. Some from German Ebay also

They come in 6x6cm, 35mm, and 6x9cm
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My JOBO Multitank 5 is finally full of eight rolls of 120 Makina & Makiflex B&W rolls. Perhaps I will have time today to finally process them. Then I will put up the better of the new images.
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here is another from the Ye Olde Mill trip last year:

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Here is a Plaubel Makina "action shot". I was rocking back and forth while looking through the rangefinder, trying to get the left eye closest to me in sharp focus. And of course the horses were excited and constantly moving about, not so easy to do with this type of camera! But here it is.......... I think I was using the 100mm F4.2 lens, I was trying it out for the first time.


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Old 08-03-2017   #102
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Wizcam (on Ebay) is replacing the rangefinder cam in my Plaubel Makina III. I have more work for him in the future, I am thinking. Not many have experience repairing Plaubel Makinas............

Frank Marshman overhauled this unit last year, but did not have any rangefinder parts. Wizcam has Makina III parts!
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Outstanding. I need to get my film developed -- my time has been absorbed by my 2 year old. I also picked up a Makina III......
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Old 08-04-2017   #104
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Stefan,

Excellent that you got a Makina III. In my opinion, the III is the best of the best! The II's and IIIR's are OK, but the III was the pinacle.

Seriously, sometimes it blows me away, how low these are selling for these days. Twenty five years ago (when I was in College) I worked with Bernie Mehl at Columbus Camera Group. I sold Leicas and Large Format. Oh Man, those were golden years!

Well, we had some Makinas, and they were priced in the $1000-$1800 price range. Now you can pick up a NICE one with accessories for $300-$400!!! It's just amazing.

What a gem of a camera. REALLY..........
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Agreed. There is something about the form and use of this camera that makes sense to me more than most cameras. Which is odd because it isn't a toss a film roll in and fire away type of camera, but more akin to large format cameras, which I have only started to use.
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Old 08-04-2017   #106
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Yes I think you are right, this camera requires a different mindset. After you become used to it's quirkiness, it becomes second nature and very intuitive. Yes more of a large format camera experience, yet can be a speed demon where necessary.

No wonder it was so popular for reportage.
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Old 08-05-2017   #107
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Original Plaubel Makina IIIR Brochure from Olden Camera, New York City. ENJOY!


2016-01-26 19.53.17 by Nokton48, on Flickr

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Old 08-05-2017   #108
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From the internet, here is a very beautifully clean Plaubel Makina lens set. Notice the 10cm F4.2 Anticomar lens on the far left; It is quite rare. The are several hundred F2.9 Anticomars, for every F4.2 Anticomar. I was lucky to find one last year. I am still getting familar with it.

Plaubel Makina lens set by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Old 08-19-2017   #109
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Wizcam called me two days ago, and we had a pleasant conversation. My Makina III is done, "clean, bright, and beautiful", and is now on it's way to me from Staten Island NYC by USPS Priority with tracking.

He was concerned about my ground glass back, it was kind of homemade. He replaced the generic groundglass with another full sized ground glass, and made a few repairs including installing a forward mounted fresnel screen. An extra charge for this, but did a beautiful job worth every penny. He also replaced the rangefinder cam with a new Makina III unit. So it appears he has the last stash of original Plaubel Makina parts on the planet!

I may have more work for him.
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Old 08-26-2017   #110
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My newly CLA'ed Plaubel Makina III. Panorama Camera (Wizcam) in NYC did the work.

Also 6.5x9cm cut film from a dealer in Bulgaria. 125 sheets of Orwo NP20, and 75 sheets of Fotopan FF 6.5x9cm is not easy to find in the USA When I find some I try to get it to stock up

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Test photos taken by dealer in Bulgaria, 6.5x9cm FOTON FF, Orwo A-03 8:[email protected], Mamiya RB67/sheet film back, ISO 50

Wonder what developer to try with such old FOTON FF?

FOTON FF no 1 by Nokton48, on Flickr


FOTON FF no 2 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Looks good to me for such old film stock. VERY OLD SCHOOL. I have seventy-five sheets to play with
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An Ocean of Soybeans

Foggy morning light

Plaubel Makina III, 73mm Ortho Wide Angle lens. Camera focused hyperfocally using Makina DOF charts engraved on camera rear cover. F11 Neopan 400 120 roll film, Mic-X dev 400 speed film (or even higher ISO film!) is necessary in order to use the 73mm Plaubel Orthar wide angle lens for handheld photography. But I have plenty of HP5+ and Delta 3200 in 120 sizes.

Makina III 73mm Ortho Neopan 400 120 Mic-X by Nokton48, on Flickr
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This one was taken at a local park, during a driving rainstorm. My Wife and I were soaked to the skin! Makina III didn't care. Use of high speed HP5+ 120 film allows for new photo possibilities with the old old Plaubel Makinas.

HP5+ 100 F2.9 Anticomar at F5.6 Mic-X dev

Makina III F2.9 HP5+ Mic-X by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Another view of Connell Hardware sign, in full sun.

Plaubel Makina IIIR, 100mm F4.2 Anticomar (the sharp Plaubel lens!) 1/50 F11.
Ilford FP4+ Legacy Mic-X replenished.

Connels Sign Makina IIIR 100mm F4 by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Garage Wall

Plaubel Makina III 100mm F4.2 Anticomar in partial sun.
Fomapan Classic 200 1/50 F8 Legacy Mic-X replenished.

Garage Wall Makina IIIR 100m F4.2 Fomapan 200 by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Makina Full Outfit for travel by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here I have packed all my Plaubel Makina stuff into one of my Domke F2 bags. This will work for day trips I am hoping. It is very heavy but I have a Domke shoulder pad on the bag and I will manage. I also use this F2 to haul my Makiflex on day trips, so I guess I am kind of used to the weight of it.

In the bag:

1) In the end pocket, Makina IIIR body with 73mm Orthar wide angle and back, ready to go. Hyperfocal focus, point and click. Still need the W/A viewfinder for this!
2) Inside the bag, Makina III body with 100mm F4.2 (sharp!) lens and 6x9 back, ready to go. More like using a view camera with a rangefinder, seems to me.
3) In plastic bag, 100mm F2.9 lens with lens hood. High Speed lens.
4) 190mm Makina tele in leather case. Slow and tedious but it works like a charm!
5) total of four 6x9 film backs, including what is on the cameras.
6) Seven rolls each, Fomapan 200, Ilford FP4+, Ilford HP5+, and Delta 3200.
7) In the other end pocket, a plastic bag of Plaubel filters.
8) thrown on top inside the bag, Zone VI spotmeter, and extra film spools, spools wrapped in duct tape.
9) Sunglasses, cell phone.


I will be trying this out at the Columbus Zoo today, if things work out for us. Yesterday we got some free tickets, so why not?
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Dan, fits pretty well, but does sound heavy. Why two bodies?

Looks like a nice day here in Cbus, have fun at the zoo. Those Zebra stripes should be a good focus target.
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Hi Larry,

I have a lot of film backs. But actually, I bought the second Makina body, in order to get the ultra rare 100mm F4.2 lens. The package price was low enough to basically pay for the lens (what I thought was fair) and the body was a free bonus. So now I have two Makinas.
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Kodak 120 film spools by Nokton48, on Flickr

Here are original 120 Kodak film spools. Now I understand why frame spacing has been a problem with these old Makina backs!
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I bought another lot of Makina filters. So now I am done.

Why so many? I have two cameras and four lenses! And sometimes, to get what you want, you have to buy the whole lot.

Makina Filters What I have by Nokton48, on Flickr
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