The original Makina was manufactured by Plaubel & Co., in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, from 1912 to 1953. Plaubel was later sold to Doi Group, which designed new Makina cameras that sold from 1978 to the 1980s. The Japanese-made Plaubel Makina was a major redesign with Nikkor lenses and integrated metering. It was manufactured first by Copal and later by Mamiya.
Plaubel Makina I - III
German-made Plaubel Makina models include the 1, 2, 2s, 3, and 3R.
Plaubel Makina 67, W67 & 670
Models 67 and 670 have Nikkor 80mm f/2.8 lenses. Both models take ten 6×7cm exposures on 120 rollfilm, while the 670 model also accepts 220 rollfilm (20 exposures per roll). Model W67 is similar to the 670 model, but with a wide-angle Nikkor 55 mm lens (roughly equivalent to a 28 mm lens in 135 format). The 55 mm was considered one of the sharpest and most flare-free of any produced during the analogue photography era.
Plaubel Makina 69W Proshift
The 69W Proshift has a 47 mm Schneider Super-Angulon and makes eight 6×9cm exposures per roll of 120 film. The lens is mounted on a sliding flange which allowed for perspective control in the same manner as shifting the front standard of view camera.
- Plaubel GmbH - Service and repair of Makina cameras German
- The modern Plaubel Makina, at nyclondon.com
- The modern Plaubel Makina, at nikomat.org
- The classic Plaubel Makina
- Plaubel Makina II Camera & History
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