easel for late grey Focomat 1C

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I have had a conversation with Joel Sacket about this topic and it may interest others, so here goes:

As you know the later grey 1C with white base board does not have any grooves for clamping/fixing the easel to the baseboard. Which type of Leica easel was intended for this machine? Why can't it be fixed to the board?

It says several places on the net, that the 1C autofocus can be made to work with all easels (i.e. it does not have to be the Leica 1 inch height)?!? Has anyone tried this? I suppose it means that the focusmount (where the lens sits) AND the screw on the back (where you adjust the autofocus) have such large tolerances that you can actually adjust the autofocus to anywhere between the baseboard and plus 1 inch without (!) shifting the position of the head on the column?!? Of course you could just adjust the height of the easel, but that's not the point here. Any ideas?


-- Thomas Krantz (tkrantz@kpmg.com), February 22, 2002


Hello Thomas. I believe autofocus height adjustment is made via the large wingnut which clamps the whole sliding assembly. The large pin near column base inserted in the upper column hole, with assembly resting on it is your preset 1" setting. The lower hole reresents no masking frame and nil setting.. The 17 584 universal Leica masking frame,10 by 12 inch,is adjustable via four sliding adjustable masking strips and is most suitable.Note:Underside rubber feet reduce slipping. Regards.

-- Sheridan Zantis (albada60@hotmail.com), February 22, 2002.

I own a grey 1c with white base and use the saunders easel w/1" base...autofocus works perfectly(on upper hole setting on the pole)...lower hole setting is for paper on baseboard direct.

-- Emile de Leon (Knightpeople@msn.com), February 23, 2002.

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