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AUTHOR SUBJECT: Wanted: medium format photo camera
Sv Bell | Black Flag Pictures
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Posted: 12/3/2016 8:07:11 AM
I thought I'd post here since I'd prefer to purchase from contacts or referred friends instead of random classifieds sellers.

I'm looking for a medium format camera, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Rollei... Something between 1960 and 1974 would be perfect, those years are the best lens ever manufactured. The camera is intended for taking high quality pictures of my larger size paintings.

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Posted: 12/3/2016 1:18:53 PM
Nothing here..

Sv Bell | Black Flag Pictures
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Posted: 12/3/2016 2:09:42 PM
I might turn to Ebay next week if I can't find around me!
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Posted: 1/5/2017 12:10:24 PM
Just following up, I found a great camera in local classifieds!
That's a Pentacon Six TL from 1957 kit, complete with a wide angle Flektogon. All in perfect condition, a killer deal at $500, purchased it from a professional photographer who upgraded to another waiste-level 120 camera. Very, very happy!! No more megapixels and resolution limits.




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Posted: 1/7/2017 4:51:52 AM
Very cool!

So, a medium format camera.. I guess I really don't know what that is because the camera in your picture looks like a 35mm.  Is that medium format?


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Posted: 1/7/2017 7:43:57 AM
Yes, the body of the Pentacon looks like a standard 35mm camera, but it is much bigger, bulkier. Film size is almost twice as big as a typical 35mm film roll and does not have sprockets. So the picture takes the entire film width.

The viewfinder is located at the top instead of an eyepiece behind the camera - thats why they call these professional cams waiste-level. You need to hold them to your waiste to view your frame before firing the shot.

The view finder also have a magnifier so you can focus precisely. With medium format, the image is so neat that the slightliest off focus can ruin your shot.

And like all cameras from the 50s, there are no batteries, you just crank the mechanism, and its ready to work. 100% mechanical and built to last forever.














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Posted: 1/8/2017 7:17:53 AM
Wow! THAT is cool.
I have a very good book on Stereoscopy written in 1951 and the author, Herbert McKay, talks about all kinds of camera formats. Interesting is that when talking about 35mm he leads me to  believe they were relatively new back then.  In one instance he refers to them as miniature cameras.

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