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Yikes! Just discovered the Makiflex; an amazing precursor to the Rollei SL66. But I must say, Nokton48, that I dig your obsession.
 
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Thanks Arthurwg !

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Here I've quickly adapted the Arca Swiss 4x5 Reflex Magnifying Hood to the Automatic Makiflex. Hollywood Gaffer's Tape and razor blade (many layers) makes a semi-permanent installation. I love it! No wonder Geoff Berliner at Penumbra modded his and sent me phone pix. What I like about is that it is uber high-eyepoint, there is a one inch wide black border around the 9x9 framing. All my other finders work better with 6x9cm. Geoff told me I am nuts to shoot 6x9 with this camera, square is it. It's rather unique in that aspect. Anyways I have a another of these finders coming from KEH, with the rubber eyecup :smile: For 9x9 shooting the groundglass grain is sharp to my eye and I always compose from the edges and move in. So this finder is wonderful to me and my square uses.

These are my shorter automatic iris lenses. On the camera the 150mm Maki Schneider barrel Symmar auto iris, in the center the 150mm Maki f4.5 Schneider Xenar auto iris. Then on the right, the 180mm Maki f4.5 Schneider Xenar auto iris. I have not used these shorter lenses much and am looking forward to this seasons work. Plaubel recommended this camera for Fashion and Reportage. Adding K2 Yellow filter and rubber hood to each of these lenses. Will all fit in an olde Domke F2 press bag. Along with holders

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Approximate View through new to me 4x5 Arca Swiss Reflex Finder on Auto Makiflex. As you can see there is a nice black border around the 9x9cm full frame glass. Perfect for viewing the entire field without straining
 
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Plaubel Junior 6.5x9 Monorail Makina Backs by Nokton48, on Flickr

Have 50+ Makina 6.5x9 planfilm holders, and about as many RADA glass and film holders. Also have a good supply of 6.5x9 Makina backs in 6x6cm and 6.5x9cm. Many lensboards here Peco Jr which were my mistake, this stuff looks kinda identical some times. I do have a Pecoflex Adapter for my Makiflex Autos, it's identical to the front end of the Peco Jr so I already like the handling. I have most of the original lenses in the catalog, just need more Peco Jr 95x95mm boards to move them around to. Starting with the 47mm chrome Super Angulon, up to the 180mm chrome Symmar. Should be another interesting system which fits in with my other stuff. And I am contemplating a medium format digital back in the far future and this could very well be the ideal platform for it!
 
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Yikes! Just discovered the Makiflex; an amazing precursor to the Rollei SL66. But I must say, Nokton48, that I dig your obsession.

Thanks Arthurwg!

BTW last time I talked to Geoff Berliner at Penumbra, he told me that Frank Rubio is starting to make Makiflex boards on his CNC machine. Google "The Camera Doctor" if interested, not affiliated. Also Frank repaired one of my Makiflexes and did a great job. Geoff gave him one of his broken Makiflexes (to study) before Frank worked on mine. So Frank has experience with Makis. Ken Ruth retired just before finishing one of mine. The restoration took a year. Once Ken got a Makiflex (from Italy!) with the HOLY GRAIL Makiflex Apo Lanthar auto-iris. He told me he could not repair the lens seperation and be very wary when considering an Apo Lanthar. Geoff Berliner told me he has a 150 Apo Lanthar. But then he also told me he has over 1500 large format lenses. Then I felt much better. lol
 
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On the left is my Plaubel Makina IIIR, with 100mm F4.2 Rare Orthometar lens (their sharp lens), Makina Hood. Makina Yellow Filter. Also this camera has the Rare Focal Plane Shutter, with speeds to 1/1000 so high speed film can be used under bright conditions. To the right is my new Peco Junior, it's really not any bigger than my Makiflexes. I am delighted. Shown with Peco Jr Bag Bellows, and standard lens, late model 100mm F5.6 Schneider Symmar with Compur Shutter. There's a 6x9cm Makina 120 Back on the camera. Top right is the Magnifier (I think it is Plaubel!) Viewfinder I have tested it with all my Peco Junior lenses from 47mm to 210mm and it's becoming an important accessory. In right front is MX/521 Back for Plaubel Makina Double Rail Backs, I have three of these. A cool pop-up Viewfinder on the back I rebuilt and I also installed a nice fresnel behind the glass. Small and handy, slide the pop-up off, and attach a 6x6 or 6x9 Makina Roll Back.
Finally on the left front is the Standard Bellows, and the three parts (needs final assembly) of the Jim Galvin 120 Back. The board I got from Glenn fits the front of my Pecoflex, but not the Peco Junior. But I have a flat Rear Standard Plate original Peco that will be perfect for finishing this back. I made a spacer plate out of sawn alder wood in my shop, you see that on top. Peco Junior needs new front and back light seals, but in perfect working order. Like the Sinar Norma this camera locks down tight no play at all. And I have a number of original lensboards that need new light trapping.
 
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On the left back, a Plaubel Makina 35mm Roll Film Back (miniature size) on a Makiflex MX/525 Adapter Back. So 35mm film on the Peco Junior or my Makiflexes or Makinas. On the right back, Sony 16mp Nex3 E camera body attached to another PJ 120x120mm lens board. As you can see the E chip is about 35mm size or so. The advantage of this new digital back is that is weighs practically nothing, and is about the size of my Makina Film Backs, with a lot less weight. Finally in the front left is a Canon Digital rear lens mount, ready to be bolted to another Plaubel 120x120 lens board. With a very short extension tube, the Canon 50D digital camera will clear the back, due to the bulging grip on the front of the camera. All this is quite usuable for photography especially digital testing of lenses and such. And of course the idea can be upscaled with an old Hasselblad or Phase 1 etc for medium format digital photography on the cheap. With the Makiflexes, I have to open the focal plane shutter at the "B" setting, then compose and shoot with the digital backs. Useful for testing and reads out correct exposures in the digital camera. So a quick and easy switch to 35mm or medium format/sheet film and digital back and forth easily.
 
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Shell Sweep Table Makina IIIR PanF D23 1to1 by Nokton48, on Flickr

Shell Sweep Table Broncolor C171 Beauty Light Plaubel Makina IIIR with 100mm F4.2 Orthometar. The sharp, not soft Makina lens. Yellow Makina Filter. PanF+ in Makina 6x9cm 120 back D23 1:1. 8x10 Arista RC #2 Dektol 1:2 Omega DII laser aligned 180mm black Rodagon. Handheld

The olde Makinas are great to use in the studio handheld. The F4.2 lens is the rare one; I see a hundred F2.9 lenses for every F4.2 . Plaubel intended it for commercial work, travel, reportage, and fashion. Very versatile, with Mercedes like build quality. The F4.2 Orthometar is not mushy like the F2.9, sharp as a razor blade. Ilford PanF+ is my go-to film in the Makinas, I am discovering I also like Delta 100 in the Makinas :smile:
 
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