Makina II - Antique and Vintage Cameras

Makina II

1933

Plaubel & Co

Frankfurt a.m.

Germany

Image of Makina II

Lens:
f2.9, 10 cm Anticomar, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 89751 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
6.5 x 9 cm plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 5 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing mirror type giving double image, yellow glass in one window. Frame finder. Direct-vision view-finder (lens/lens), the rear lens is blue glass.

Identification:
Focusing stop for standard lens only.

With:

  • f6.3, 21 cm telephoto lens. Iris diaphragm to f36. Focus to 1.5 metre. Screws into front of shutter. With metal lens cap, case and lens hood.
  • Hooded focusing screen. 12 single metal slides marked Plaubel. Film pack adapter.
  • Clip-on mask for optical finder when using telephoto lens.
  • T1.5 close-up lens for objects at 60 cm, in Plaubel case.
  • R0.1 close-up lens for 1:1 reproduction, in Plaubel case.
  • Plaubel light yellow filter in case. Plaubel medium yellow filter in case.
  • Green filter, non Plaubel, in Plaubel case. Metal lens cap. Lens hood for standard lens.
  • Cover for camera back. Case for camera and accessories.

Makina II

1933

Plaubel & Co

Frankfurt a.m.

Germany

Image of Makina II

Lens:
f2.9, 10 cm Anticomar, iris diaphragm to f32. Serial no. 90719 .

Shutter:
Rim-set Compur, speeds 1 - 1/200, B, T.

Construction:
Leather covered metal body, leather bellows.

Format:
6.5 x 9 cm plates held in single metal slides.

Focusing:
Bellows to 5 feet.

Attributes:
Coupled rangefinder, swing mirror type giving double image, yellow glass in one window. Frame finder. Direct-vision view-finder (lens/lens), the rear lens is blue glass.

Identification:
Focusing stop for standard and wide-angle lenses.

With:

  • Hooded focusing screen. 3 single metal slides. Film pack adapter.
  • Roll-holder for 8, 6 x 9 cm exposures on 120. Film advance indicated by red window.
  • Plaubel 'Hell' (yellow) filter. Plaubel 'Reflex f4.5' lens stop.
  • Plaubel carrying case for camera and roll-film holder.

The Makina 11 was a well-made press type camera and one of the first coupled rangefinder plate cameras. The original Makina had the same general appearance as the 11 but without the rangefinder.

The earliest models of the 11 had the diaphragm setting on the side of the camera nearest the optical finder. Later models have the diaphragm setting surrounding the lens. The next variation was to add a focusing stop for the wide-angle lens. With this lens the rangefinder could be used to measure distance but was not coupled. Very late models have two rectangular rangefinder windows rather than one being circular. The model 11s introduced in 1937 differed mainly in having the standard and wide-angle lenses fitted in front of the shutter rather than either side of the shutter as in the 11. The front standard was also finished in chrome rather than the black enamel of the model 11.

Several accessories were made for the model 11:

  • Single metal slides, film pack adapter and roll-film holder.
  • Filters and lens hoods.
  • f6.3 21 cm telephoto lens with Clip-on mask for optical finder.
  • f6.8 7.3 cm wide-angle Orthar lens.
  • T1.5 close-up lens for objects at 60 cm.
  • R0.1 close-up lens for 1:1 reproduction.
  • Cover for camera back.
  • Panoramic head.
  • Reproduction stand.
  • Enlarger, employing the camera and lens.
  • Extension bellows for close focusing with the telephoto lens.
  • Lens stop to reduce the aperture of the standard lens.

References & Notes:
BJA 1934, pp. 290, 583. BJA 1935, pp. 306, 580. BJA 1936, p. 622. BJA 1937, p. 646. BJA 1938, p. 661.

Further Information:
Ron Holloway has provided some good information on Plaubel in two articles in Photographica World from no. 109.

Illustrations:
Auer, History, p.170. Aperture setting at side of camera.

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