Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/11/28

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Subject: RE: [Leica] RE: OT Ebony
From: "Tim Atherton" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2001 11:49:44 -0700

No - the Technikardan is great (an 8x10 not quite the current model sold for
$650 on e-bay - and dammit I was broke!) , and so is the Arca Swiss (and I
would find it hard to pick between the two...) - though the Ebony's do,
apparently, offer a huge range of movements, very well controlled, and from
what people say, are also incredibly rigid, especially for a field camera
that looks so cute...

Tim A

No more off-topic than Cindy Sherman (at least Eggleston uses leicas...)

> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> []On Behalf Of Jim Brick
> Sent: November 28, 2001 11:08 AM
> To:;
> Subject: [Leica] RE: OT Ebony
> At 10:14 AM 11/28/2001 -0700, Tim Atherton wrote:
> >All those choices to make... The still great metal Linhof (Luggish and
> >German of course), Nice lightweight modern looking Canhams or Phillips -
> >Aircraft aluminium etc, the beautiful and swooned over, incredibly rigid,
> >pass it down to your kids Japanese Ebony cameras... Marvellous shiny
> >Gandolfis made in the English countryside (just had fun visiting them)...
> >the list goes on!
> >
> >Tim
> My metal Linhof Technikardan 45S folds smaller than any of the wood or
> metal field cameras, is the same weight as many, has a standard bellows
> that accommodates from 45mm to 720mm lenses, has degree markings on all
> swings, tilts, and shifts (and they are as smooth as butter),
> bubble levels
> on everything, Graflok back, etc... Each swing, tilt, and shift
> is separate
> so when moving one, you do not effect the others, which is not true on a
> great majority of field and basic view cameras.
> Jim
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