Linhof Technika III & Standard Press. Same or Different?greenspun.com : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread
I have an old Linhof 4x5 with RF focus that I'm learning to use, but one small item confuses me. Lens Boards says "standard press" and has serial number 41xxx. Based on serial number and characteristics it appears to be a Technika Type 2 or 3 (has square box like 2, but the bed drops like 3). Has three lenses with matching cam numbers and all cams are matched to camera serial number. Have seen Standard Press mentioned (I've looked through various sites) or listed by a couple dealers (priced less it seems than a Technika), but never discussed in any detail. Anyone able to educate me here? If a different model, what are distinctions between the Standard Press and the Technika III? Thanks.
-- Donald Brewster (email@example.com), February 13, 2000
I have a Super Teknika 3 lens outfit (90mm Angulon, 135mm Xenar, 240mm Tele-Xenar) which I inherited from my great aunt. According to the Linhof Guide owners manual which has a copyright date of 1952, the Standard Press model "is the most basic model ... It is intended for the press photographer and has been 'stripped for action' by eliminating everything which is not essential for this field." As far as I can determine, the Standard Press does not have the tilt/swing back, and has only double extension bellows instead of triple extension for the Super. The lens carriage looks like it only has the rise function, no swing or shift. I can't tell if the lens carriage tilts back for using wide angle lenses with a dropped bed in the Press model. I also can't determine if the back revolves on the Press.
The base of the lens carriage on the Press is a solid casting without a pull-out handle ring like the Super has. It has a rangefinder.
As far as I can tell from the small pictures in the manual, the main difference is that the Press does not have the four locking knobs for the back tilt, and it has only double extension bellows.
If you would like me to send you pictures of my outfit attached to e-mail, or paper prints to your postal address, please advise by e-mail.
-- Tony Brent (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 13, 2000.
The Standrd Press was a limited production camera made for the U.S. market that like the Speed Graphic had no back movements. Hence the name "Press".
It's purpose was to compete for press photographers in the US. It failed to do that so it was discontinued after a very short production life.
In my 22 years as the Linhof Product/Sales manager in the US I have met an owner once. But I do have photos of it.
-- Bob Salomon (email@example.com), February 13, 2000.
Thanks for the learned and quick replies. I think Tony's description nailed it prefectly. Back does revolve. It looks like Bob has just met a second owner of a Standard Press. A fun and simple 4x5 RF camera for a not too technical camera guy. Would any of you hazard a guess that contemporaneous Technika III items/accessories would be interchangeable (don't have to deal with lens/cam issue) for the most part? Have Technika Universal Finder attachment that seems to work real well. Most intersted in whether an anatomical grip would work.
-- Donald Brewster (firstname.lastname@example.org), February 13, 2000.
i think the answer is 120
-- marviawellington (email@example.com), February 15, 2000.
I HAVE A STANDARD PRESS AT LEAST THAT IS WHAT THE LENS BOARD READS. IT DOES MEET THE AFORE MENTIONED DISCRIPTIONS BUT I CAN'T FIGURE IF IT'S BACK REVOLVES. LYN
-- LYNN COBB (FOTOEQUIP@AOL.COM), April 01, 2002.