pre 1960s cameras

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  1. Dave Colangelo

    Dave Colangelo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    ahhh i missed that as well

    - hasselblad with a macro tube/bellows
    - mamiya 33 (330) extends to the macro focus range
    - any large format camera with sufficient rail length (and you can always put a 120 back on).


     
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  2. IanG

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    My main TLR here in the UK, from the early 1950s.

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    Similar era MPP MicroTechnical MkIII - I have another in bits but everything is there (£60 for both). This is essentially a British made Linhof Technika.

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    My 1950's Microcord. a British made Rolleicord with a very much sharper Ross Xpres lens, this is the sharpest of all my TLR cameras lenses, and that includes an Opton Tessar and a Xenotar. It's very subjective because even my YAshicamat 124's Yashinon is superb used well. It's sight differences at wider apertures thge Yashinon is softer, the OPton Tessar OK, the Xenotar excellent but the Xpres has an edge :)

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  3. Roll_Tide

    Roll_Tide TPF Noob!

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    Its more of a jewelry case than a jewel; but I have a Koni Omega Rapid 6x7 which was made in 1964. Go further back and get the Omega 120 which was made from 1953 to 1964. Very tough press cameras that made a name with their stellar yet limited lens selections.

    The 1968 to 75 models gave Hasselblad a run for their money quality wise for wedding photographers on a budget.
     
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    @IanG, have you every had a Ricoh Diacord G ... I found the lens very good.
     
  5. IanG

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    I don't think the Diacord was ever imported and sold here in the UK. We had very severe import restrictions after WWII which weren't lifted until the end of the 1950's, you needed a special license to import a camera from abroad. Shortly after the restrictions were dropped there was a recession here (early 60's) and many UK manufacturers closed, the currency was de-valued. Taxon luxury goods was close to 40%.

    In the 50's and early 60's it was common for UK service personnel serving abroad to bring back cameras, my Rolleiflex E2 was bought by an RAF officer while serving in Singapore, he also bought a Minolta Autocord and a Voightlander, all Tax free. Many just bought to sell for a good profit on their return.

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    My initial thought was for some of the lovely old folding cameras I've picked up, but you do need to be careful of the film type if you plan on using them - many film formats are no longer available.
    It is possible to add a close up filter to these but you'd need to arrange a framing grid & I really don't think they work well in the macro roll.
    Large format options where you frame & compose on the ground glass (ie not with a sports finder) would be ideal for macro, many of these would fit your time frame.
     
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    You mean like my 110 cameras :D

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    Large format roll film. negative size is 5"x4". Alliance Roll Film Camera Co, manufactured between 1898 and 1904.

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    With the Dallmeyer WA and extension rail.
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    Kodak Specialist 2 only made and sold in the UK usually with a 203mm f7.7 Ektar good from infinity to 1:1, and optional Dallmeyer 110mm WA. Essentially an upgrade of the British made version of the Kodak 2D Half plate camera. Most of the movements are geared as is the sliding block and the trackbed and extension rail have a metric metal rule to measure the extension exactly.

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  8. IanG

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    I've just rebuilt another MPP MicroTechnical MkIII since posting images of my first on Saturday. It came as parts with my first but stripped down and has sat in a box for 3 years.

    I stripped off the old covering which was damaged and partially missing, recovered it in dark blue material, the rebuilt it I wasn't sure I had all the screws etc but there were excess and it was apparent there were parts from a third camera.

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    All 1950's MPP Micro Technicals ;D

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    My 1960's Linhof Color uses that same "pegged" rear standard movement and screw-locking system!
     
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    Betcha can't guess what camera this is:

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  11. IanG

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    Beseler C-6 press camera, thought to be imported into the US by Beseler for a Government/ Military contract. Possibly made in Japan.

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    Hi I had the rolli flexwish that I,d kept it.
    Don’t know if it’s much use to those out of UK but there is a shop in arundel West Sussex UK that sales old cameras etc
     

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