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June 2009 Sam_C

Third Eye Blind

This one definitely flew over the cuckoo's nest! :-)

Note: I done told anyone who would listen that my film cameras
are far more interesting than my digital gear, and this
camera might well be the 'oddest' in my collection. It is
a Linhof 220, a medium format camera that shoots 6x7, and
comes with a fixed 90mm f/3.5 Linhof-Technikar lens. It's 'weird'
not only in its looks, but for a few reasons. For one thing, it's set
up for use mainly for vertical photos, hence it's more of a portrait
camera than it is a landscape camera. I believe it was meant to be
a press camera. Of course, you can shoot horizontal if you'd like,
but it's quite cumbersome. It's also 'weird' in the fact that the
shutter is a trigger on the pistol grip.

It's quite a rare bird, but I got her very cheaply because
she's got "issues" so to speak. The rangefinder is a bit touch
and go, and the camera has a real problem with film spacing,
both of which I am trying to repair in my spare time. The times
when I can get a good shot out of it, I'm impressed with the
sharpness and contrast from the lens, it's tack sharp.

To see some really esoteric camera collections, please see the links below.
My collection is nothing compared to these guys.
Colin Clarke(Link)
Kaden Kratzer(Link)

Linhof 220,Linhof-Technikar 90mm f/3.5,Kodak Tri-X 400
Self-Developed full exif

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Jeff Real28-Jul-2013 14:13
A fascinating image and a great read. Really awesome! ~V~
Tom LeRoy16-Aug-2011 08:35
Cool shot my friend, love the collection! V
bill friedlander05-Oct-2010 20:25
Wonderful SP, and a nice look at your toy. I am sure you enjoy fixing the "issues" V
Fong Lam07-Feb-2010 05:30
A great classic for a cool SP !! V
Martha Albuquerque05-Dec-2009 14:44
She looks good.. you look better yet, X Baby :)~ V
James Clarke17-Jul-2009 07:13
Great SP. Sounds like it's the Millennium Falcon of cameras so to speak. Keep the experiments coming. BV
XiaoBernard9914-Jul-2009 14:11
Linhof a very german name.I only knew this firm of name ,thanks for the visit.
Simon Chandler14-Jul-2009 01:07
Cool camera. Cool dude. Cool image. A work of art. v
Yiannis Pavlis11-Jul-2009 13:17
A fine presentation in B&W! Excellent portrait.Well composed.V
Guest 08-Jul-2009 01:44
A great shot!! Nice camera collection!! V!
Lee G07-Jul-2009 22:20
What a cool sp! The equipment works well in the masters knowing hands.
an nguyen07-Jul-2009 15:44
That is an exotic toy you have there...
shatterbug07-Jul-2009 06:23
Sounds like a temperamental machine...treat her nice :-)
12307-Jul-2009 06:03
Love the exotic machinery too.
12307-Jul-2009 06:02
Powerful, intense, and utterly COOL SP!!! Fantastic. V
Thanks for the link. :)