linhof technika iv 6×9

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Linhof Technika IV 6×9 | Schneider Xenar 105mm/f3.5

Bought this camera on the 29th of December, 2009. It was my Xmas present. The craftmanship of such a camera is amazing – it dates from ~1960 but you could easily name it “ageless” – with a full metal body and magnificent mechanics all over, this camera reeks of style and class.

It can do front tilt, front rise, front fall and back tilt/swing… it can be fitted with a 120 roll film back or cut film (6.5×9) holders. You can also use a polaroid back on it, although they’re a bit rare and their price is nothing to sneeze at.

This is not an easy camera to use, especially with the 120 6×7 roll film holder. You have to use a tripod and spend lot of time adjusting your image (we’re obviously discussing tilt/shift here), then your model has to stay still until you close the shutter, adjust the diaphragm, remove the ground glass back and fit the 6×7 film back. With a bit of practice you can do this quite fast, but you still need 30-60 seconds. You also need a very sturdy tripod, because changing backs will definitely rock your camera around – not much, but enough to make you anxious about the final result.

I’m beginning to fall seriously in love this camera – photos soon to come.

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