Linhof 5x7 question : LUSENET : Large format photography : One Thread

I'm confused about lens use on Linhofs. Is it possible to use my existing LF lenses on an old Linhof 5x7 Super Technica IV, or do they have to be "cammed" lenses specially designed for that camera? In other words, can I attach my 210mm lens to the Linhof and then simply focus on the ground glass as I would with any other view camera? Thanks in advance for your input.

-- Ben Calwell (, January 28, 2002


Yes. The cams are necessary only if you plan to use the rangefinder.

-- Brian Ellis (, January 28, 2002.

Hope Bob will chime in here.

Looking through my Linhof literature it appears that some earlier 5x7 cameras were calibrated to the cams only and not the ground glass. If you need to know before you acquire this camera I would call HP Marketing or Marflex and give them the serial number of the camera and they will be capable of accurately answering your question. You could also put on the lens in question and make an exposure and check for sharpness.

-- Michael Kadillak (, January 29, 2002.

"Hope Bob will chime in here"

As I have told Ben and responded on another thread. Marflex is a better resource on 57 then I am. 973 808-9626

-- Bob Salomon (, January 29, 2002.

I have not had a problem using various lens with mine, the rangefinder has been removed.

-- Ken Tow (, January 31, 2002.

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