Yikes! Just discovered the Makiflex; an amazing precursor to the Rollei SL66. But I must say, Nokton48, that I dig your obsession.
Hello! I loved scrolling through this thread!
For quite some time i have been interested in starting film photography and am also interested in learning to repair old mechanical cameras.
A while back i found the video „shooting with a 70 year old „tank“…“ on youtube and was totally blown away by how amazing the Plaubel Makina III looked. Since then i have been reading a lot about the Makina and actually got my hands on a Makina IIIR, but it wasn‘t working properly, so i never used it to take photos.
Last month i decided to find one that is in working condition and was lucky enough to find one. It wasn‘t cheap by any stretch, but i got a bonus at work and felt it was a good investment into a camera i became obsessed with within the last few years.
I am now finally able to shoot with the camera, and i must say, i love the process. The camera is absolutely stunning and i love how well thought through it is.
I hope to someday be able to learn to repair and service this camera, in the hopes to learn more about how it works and also be able to shoot with it for a very very long time.
Along with using the camera, i also want to develop my own film. Looking forward to learning all the steps and am excited about the process
One thing im struggling with is finding all the accessories there are. I would for example love to find the wide angle and tele lens, the filters and backs.
Right now i only have a bunch of plaubel sheet film backs, one Rada back with a 6x6 inlay(i don‘t know if the film has the correct distance from the lens with it, or if it even matters, so i‘ll have to test it a bit).
I also have a Makina I(?) which is in very bad condition. Picket it up for a few bucks and hope to service it too one day and bring it back to life!
Also, i found an auction on ebay of Malina III parts on ebay, unfortunately i saw it way too late, but it would have been quite a bargain (just 25$?!) and perfect for learning to repair makinas..:
Entdecken Sie Plaubel Makina in Teilen wie kein Objektiv lesen siehe Pixel in der großen Auswahl bei eBay. Kostenlose Lieferung für viele Artikel!www.ebay.de
i‘ll be on the lookout now.. I can see why you are so obsessed with the camera!
They are really simple cameras to repair, behind the front plate is a compur shutter with linkages to the front plate. So be brave and take the front plate off to have a look, even if you just put it back together again. There are plenty of videos on youtube showing how to service a compur shutter, check out Chris Sherlock. Get a good set of screwdrivers, and a lens spanner, and watch repair videos as many cameras are very similar. Also shout here if you want any advice.
As far as the accessories go, many are available, but at massively inflated prices, especially on ebay. The tele 19cm and 21cm are available on ebay, the other lenses less common.
To check focus, get some frosted scotch tape, and put it in the film plane of the rada back, with and without insert to assess focus, it might need adjusting anyway, it can be done from under the brass plate on the viewfinder.
check out Jo Lommen's website for repairs and rangefinder adjustment.
I am actually regularly watching the videos of Chris Sherlock! I was planning to use one of his videos to service a camera step by step. While searching, i also found out that some service manuals are quite easy to come by on the internet. I am currently getting a few tools and preparing for servicing some cameras i have that use a compur (synchro) shutter.
A few weeks ago i bought a set with a lot of accessories: film backs, plates, filters, Wide angle and 190 mm tele lens, but the lens unfortunately had a bunch of scratches, so i‘m still looking for a tele lens..
It one film back had still some film in it, and a few sheet film backs too. Unfortunately i opened one sheet film back and exposed the film, but i will try to develop the rest and see if there are some photos on them.
It all also came with a suitcase, which i‘m very happy about.
The set also came with some old magazines and infos on accessories by plaubel. One of the accessories i have never seen and wasn‘t able to find anything on the internet. It‘s an external shutter you can add in front of a film back to archive speeds of 1/1000.
Does anyone own one of these? I would love to find out more about it!
For the rada film back, i will shoot some film with and without the 6x6 plate(i‘ll try to add it after about 6 pictures in a changing bag..) What i notices way too late was that you can only see the picture counter on the 120 film for 6x6 and 4,5x6 film.. So it probably is intended to be used with the plate only.
I have actually contacted Jo Lommen about advice in where to start and how to learn to fix the Makina. He offered to repair it and record the process on his website for everyone to learn from it!
That sounds very interesting. On the Makina IIIR there is a distance adjustment for the wide angle lens, which ends up being closer to the film back. Is the distance adjustment equal to the distance added by the focal plane shutter?
I've a question about using a shutter release cable, standard cables seem a little too small and don't stay in, does the plaubel Makina use a different thread or is it just worn?
I just tried a cable release from Japan (standard tapered one), and Yes, it does NOT fit. So some type of release, (with a different threaded taper), will be required. If you have a shoppe around you with boxes of olde releases, you should be able to find one with the correct taper. I suspect it will be German in make. Let us know what you find out.
Makes me wonder if Plaubel made a release specifically to fit the Makina? I'll wager that they DID.
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