Zenobia 120 film, 645 medium format, folding camera

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  • Sold Date: Jan 30,2011
  • Channel: Online Auction

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


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 range is continuous. The focus works fine, very smooth.

Manual can be purchased at: /doc/17670329/Manual-for-the-Zenobia-camera .

Bellows appear to be in very good condition without any splits or light leaks. Lens has no scratches, but does have some minor mold spots or lens coating marks. Spots can usually be removed with the use of proper lens tools, but have found that time and risk required to be questionable as little to mild mold spotting does not appreciably affect photograph quality. Coating marks cannot be removed without affecting the coating. They do not affect photographs. Shutter works at all speeds, but not tested. In Good to Fine+ cosmetic condition, but leatherette is beginning to peel on two corners, which does not affect its function. No dents or other damage to case. See this excellent web site for details of camera: /wiki/Zenobia . See for discussion of this camera: /mf/zenobia.html .

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