4x5 Norma Leitz Tiltall inspired by Julius Shulman

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I own a Leitz Tiltall that is not painted black. This one has a very matte aluminum finish to it.


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I have this exact model myself. They were only made for a short time in the mid-70’s. I know that because the only problem I ever had was the threads at the top of the leg, where it attaches to the head, stripped on one leg. Not only was the OE leg not available, the threads were different between these and the plain aluminum ones, so the repair shop had to replace the piece at the top and the leg. So yes, mine has had 2 pearl finish legs and 1 smooth aluminum finish ever since.

They are rock solid, and although I wouldn’t be comfortable shooting anything larger than 4x5 on this, I did use it for a 4x5 for many years and it was just fine!

The lousy blue material they used on the camera mounting platform went bad after only a few years, partially coming unglued from the Tilt-All, and also not really providing enough grip to keep the camera from rotating in the vertical orientation. I found a link back then to Sherry Krauter’s website, and she sold these rubber replacements which did the trick. I have probably had mine for 25 years, and it is just as good as ever even today.

The black ones were coming onto the market in the late 70’s IIRC.
 

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I never used a Tilt-All- is the head permanently mounted or can you change it? I am such a fan of the Sinar Pan Tilt head and I am curious if that could be fitted.
 
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I'm sure it is doable. Know a good machinist? I think the older silver ones are better made, myself.


Check here. Many have modded Tiltalls here.
 
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4x5 Plaubel Peco Profia 90mm F6.3 Komura Original 90mm Komura Hood by Nokton48, on Flickr

The lens hood cost nearly as much as the lens! LOL

Plaubel Peco Profia 4x5 ready for shooting architectural, Profia Bag Bellows, ingenious clamping 4x5 film holder (best I have seen!), Profia Monocular Magnifier/Bag Bellows on the back for stylish comfortable viewing. In the original Profia catalog is the 90mm F6.3 Komura in Seiko Shutter. The Lenshood for this lens is humungeous and attention getting. The Julius Shulman inspired modded Leitz Tiltall tripod is perfect, quick and dependable to use, quite solid after a few seconds. Sharp enough to make big prints. I also have the matching 75mm F6.3, the humungeous companion to this lens. Both of these lenses recess into the Profia Recessed board, this board will also accomodate all of my Makiflex boards, and also my Peco Jr boards, with the additional stepdown board, which I cobbled together with stuff from the parts box.
 
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Julius Shulman inspired modified Leitz Tiltall model one, heavy aluminium machined block bolted to center column. Camera locked down with 9/16" closed end wrench. Rock solid light as a feather. Uber solid medium format monorail technical camera. With the Sony E series mirrorless attached to a flat board, I have a "poor man's digital mini-me view camera system". So far I have ten of the original lenses ready to test. Four have been freshly overhauled by Camtronics. The Monocular Viewer swivels left and right to see the groundglass uber clear magnified with fresnel, can easily assess sharpness critically with this setup. This back is matched to original 6x9cm and 6x6cm Plaubel Makina 120 Backs, which I have been using all along in my two Makinas II and IIIR. So rolls get finished up and move around, these are a bit finicky to use, but doable and gets easy to do with time. Also fifty 6x9cm Plaubel Sheet and Glass Plate holders. Add Sony digital and it's pretty versatile for cheap money
 
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Using Brass Hobby Modeling Screws I bolted a Plaubel 120x120 Adapter Board, to a Sinar Norma Uber Heavy Metal Homemade Machined Norma Board (heavily used) LOL. Always wondered what I would ever do with this thing LOL. So now all my Plaubel Junior mounted boards fit onto the Norma, which I can go up to 8x10, although with these 4x5 will do it nicely. This is the Schneider 135mm F3.8 Schneider Xenar, a not often seen lens, in the F3.8 version. Great to look through on the 4x5 Norma. The tripod is Shulman-inspired Leica Tiltall, modded with aluminum block. This tripod is in Shulman's books on Architecture and Interiors, which I studied intensely back in the Eighties.
 
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80cm Rokkor Cowboy Studios Gimbal Modded Leitz Tripod by Nokton48, on Flickr

80cm F8 Rokkor, Chrome SRT-100/Kangaroo Green, Cowboy Studios Gimbal Head, Modded Leitz Tiltall Tripod. Should be steady enough considering mirror lockup being utilized, and an SRT Cable Release as well. This lens will be coming up in my 800mm shoot-out. The 400mm Rokkor-X MD F5.6, with Matched 2X Converter, makes an F/11 aperture. This lens was a speed demon at F8 80cm :smile: One Stop Faster. The SRT100 only goes to 1/500 and no MLU, Will switch bodies to BD SRT101's. SRT100 is still my fave.
 

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Your images of the Tiltall make them look gorgeous -- the perfect complement visually to a Norma. I have a Tiltall, black, in storage up in NY. Honestly, I don't understand the Cult of Tiltall. It never locked down solidly, at least around the head, which wobbled a bit where it joined the center column. I threw it in a closet and have used Gitzo legs ever since. Maybe I should see about whether the black finish might be stripped off? And whether the head may be tightened or replaced?
 
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Well Thank You Sanders. The Tiltall is pretty light compared to my bigger Manfrottos, I needed something lighter to carry around with medium format and 4x5. The Tiltalls can be tightened up, and the Star D knockoff is even lighter still. And back in the 70s I used my StarD with SRTs and even carried it around with a cloth "Hippy Guitar Strap". So I am nostalgic about it. :smile: I've been able to order a few parts for it. Shulman's modification is a good one; I can carry my 4x5 Norma for a while no problem. I've even used it with my 8x10 Norma, that idea is also in one of his books.
 
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