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Greig Fraser still camera ID (2 replies and 4 comments)

MNMike
3 months ago
MNMike 3 months ago

Hi folks,

This is off topic from Roger’s inspiring work, but I thought someone on here may have an answer for me. There’s a behind the scenes set photo on Dune of Greig Fraser taking a still photograph with what looks like an old boxy SLR (possibly film) camera. Can anybody ID it? I’ll try and attach the photo for reference. 

Thanks friends!

 

Michael 

 

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/C46789BD-826C-47CF-8774-84142C9AECE5.jpeg
MiguelMas
3 months ago
MiguelMas 3 months ago

it appears to be a Pentacon six TI aka Praktisix... a 6x6cm SLR from East Germany -50's and 60's....   They had a wide variety of finders and accessories...
Here is a link from the Lomography website...
https://www.lomography.com/magazine/339026-lomopedia-praktisix-120-slr»

MM

Mike
3 months ago

Definitely Pentacon Six medium format. Great cameras except they had a weak shutter curtain which detached itself from its spindle with out warning. Awkward to hold and was nose heavy even with a 90 mm lens. I have a number of them somewhere.
Anybody spot what is wrong in that photo. He is using a waste lever finder for looking down into it. You need a prism finder to look behind it.

MiguelMas
3 months ago

I think if you click on the link in my comment, you will see that the camera Greg is using is the same as the Lomography illustration... the finder is the same an the camera Greg's hands.. a Pentacon six TI, which has a 45 degree angle finder.

MNMike
3 months ago
MNMike 3 months ago

Thank you Miguel and Mike! Fascinating. I’ve never heard of it before, and I thought it looked big enough for 120 film, but it was a mystery. I appreciate you both.

 

Cheers,

Michael

Mike
3 months ago

I think the point I was making is that if he was using a prism finder, he would not view the camera directly from behind as the VF is on top at an angle so you cannot hold the camera at eye level as per photo. Silly observation really, perhaps not worth pointing out but it was obvious to me. I must get mine out and give them a work out, a used camera is a working camera, otherwise they will start to stiffen up!

MNMike
3 months ago

Very interesting all around. Thanks Mike!

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