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Linhof Technika III
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Photos by LdM text by LdM. From the collection of LDM . Last update 2015-05-20 par Sylvain Halgand.

Manufactured or assembled in Germany from 1951 to (After) 1957.
Index of rarity in France: Rare (among non-specialized garage sales)
Inventory number: 12525

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Chronology of cameras Linhof 

The Linhof Technika III camera was released in 1951, in direct competition on the European market, with the Graflex Pacemaker.
With the exception of the "Standard Press" version the back of which is fixed (no tilt or shift), the Technika is a camera with adjustable back in the horizontal and vertical directions, making it a more versatile camera than the Graflex . This feature allows for some photographers to own a device as comfortable in the studio as in photo reportage (weddings for example).
However, it has a fault, as each camera must have its rangefinder cam adjusted in relation to a specific lens, so a 150 mm cannot be exchanged with another 150 mm without returning the factory for setting the overall rangefinder/cam assembly.

I had to modify myself the settings because I have not had this camera with the dedicated lens. This simple operation required me to disassemble the rangefinder and, to this end, to remove a part of the coating leather ....

This camera is made of cast aluminum which, unlike the existing reputation, makes it a much more fragile camera, in photo press use than the Speed ​​Graphic.


Introductory text for use:

At the end of the last war, the world of photographers found himself in front of two methods of photographing, based on well-defined principles, but fundamentally different, and which had developed simultaneously:
On the one hand a European method, using the small format, the other is the American method, remained faithful to large format.
Whereas previously it had been a aim, in Europe and especially in Germany, to fulfill the wish of photographers eager to work under any lighting by providing ultra-sensitive emulsions and extremely bright lenses necessarily equipping small format cameras, in US preference was to become independent of local circumstances by giving each photographer their own light source.
On one side, we tried to adapt to existing lighting, in the other, on the contrary, photographers provide themselves the necessary light, in the form of synchronized flash systems.

When, after the end of hostilities, we could finally confront the two methods, many arguments have advocated for the American solution. Europe had to adhere to the perfect sharpness of images obtained with the technique of large format, which always works with an average diaphragm. The problem of the grain does not even exist, and negatives are allowing large enlargements; they may also be developed individually, which allows, in case of emergency, for the purposes of the press, for example, to obtain contact prints as soon as out of the water.


If in the past, the small format cameras were normally reserved for free hand shooting and large format cameras for shooting on a tripod, the two kinds of shots are possible today with the new "Linhof Technika III" camera or "Standard Press" cameras that are used with a tripod or free hand, for snapshots. The focusing being made on the ground glass or with the rangefinder, from infinity to half a meter, they allow to photograph with any lens on plates, filmpacks, portrait film or rollfilms with flash bulbs or synchronized electronic flash.

Linhof Technika III

Linhof Technika III