Zenobia 120 film, 645 medium format, folding camera

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  • Sold Date: Jan 30, 2011
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Zenobia 120 film, 645 medium format, folding compact rangefinder camera

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Zenobia 120 film, 645 medium format, folding compact rangefinder camera

This is an approximate 1952, Japanese 4.5×6 “ late Zenobia C I” with the Hesper 75mm f:3.5 lens fixed in a D.O.C. – Rapid shutter (lens marked Hesper Anastigmat 1:3.5 F=7.5cm .) Serial #59292. The lens is a good quality copy of a Zeiss Ikonta A. The engineering, construction, lens and shutter on these cameras are all quite good. Camera takes 120 film, producing (16) vertical frames on a roll. 645 film format, providing a 6x4.5cm negative, which is 2.7x bigger than 35mm. It is, arguably, the most practical of the medium formats in that it can be developed using most enlargers. They easily fit in a pocket, are very well made, easy to use, and are excellent cameras for medium format film photography. The only negative is the leatherette covering tends to become brittle and flake off the body.

The glass in the f/3.5 Hesper Anastigmat ( four-element Tessar-type lenses with front-cell focusing ) lens has no glass damage and no scratches. The front and rear lens are coated.

The D.O.C. Rapid shutter appears to work fine on all speeds, from B and the slowest 1, 2, 5, 10, 25 and 50 up to the faster 1/100, 1/250 and 1/500th. The aperture range from f/3.5 to f/22 all set, they are not stopped, and the ran
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