Plaubel Makina II is a strut-folding rangefinder camera, for
6 x 9 and smaller formats on 120 film, but also for single sheet film 6.5 x 9.5. The model II was
released in 1933 by Plaubel & Co, Frankfurt. There was a choice of lenses from wide-angle to tele.
The Plaubel Makina II shown
is a very early model, it has a dial-set shutter and the diaphragm
selector is still on the side. It has a coupled rangefinder with
parallax correction by the eyepiece, the viewfinder is seperate and the
shutter is in the middle of the lens. So changing lenses means changing
front and back group seperate.
Size (mm): 155 x 103 x 76 with lens and rollfilm back, body only: 147 x 103 x 38 Weight: 1070 g, 675 g Standard Lens: Anticomar 2.9/100, closest focus 1.4 m Shutter: Compur, B, 1 - 1/200, F 2.9 - 18 Finder: coupled rangefinder Film advance: automatic, red window
are some photos of the camera. There is a short introduction to the use of it and how it
feels at the bottom of the page.
front, folded. Top: shutter release button, viewfinder (folded), rangefinder window, viewing window of rangefinder. Top
and bottom of lens board: closing buttons. Above the lens: Mode dial
for shutter action, B,T. Under the lens: shutter cocking lever. To the
right: fucusing knob. Folded on lensboard: framefinder.
from the back. Top: eyepiece for framefinder, viewer for rangefinder,
and eyepiece for viewfinder with parallax compension. Red window on the
Left side. Viewfinder set up. To the side of the lens board: aperture setting.
Right side. From front: focusing knob, tripod socket and
film back locking device.
Camera back side without film back. Rear lens element.
sheet film holders and a ground glass with hood. Although the
rangefinder is excellent, you would need the ground glass for close-up
The slide / ground glass side.
Ground glass attached to the camera.
Ground glass view.
Sheet film holder attached to the camera.
Genuine leather case.
Genuine leather case, top
Genuine leather case, open
a Plaubel Makina II is not
it's not like the normal folding cameras. Loading film
is not easy as well unless you are used to film backs with inserts.
Putting a film has to be done in deep shade or better inside with not
too much light. Open the
camera back. Retract the film advance knob and take out the insert. Put
the take-up spool into place, then the
film roll and unroll some 15 cm (6") of the backing paper, the black
side should show towards you. Put the backing paper all around the
insert until it reaches the take-up spool. Put the insert back into the
holder and the advance knob into the end of the take-up spool. Insert
into the spool and advance it using the knob until the engages firmly.
it depends, whether you have a back with or without red window. If you
have a red window, close the back. Check, whether the dark slide is
put. Open the red window and advance fim until the number "2" shows in
the window, yes, it's "2". Lift the counter wheel and put it to "1",
the mark is on the axis of the advance lock lever. The back is ready
now for the first shot.
If you don't have a red window,
advance the film cautiously and look at the film spool. Stop when you
see the first mm of the tape fixing the film itself. Close the back. Check,
whether the dark slide is put. Lift the counter wheel and
put it to "0", the mark is on the axis of the advance lock lever. Advance the film
via the advance knob until the film counter will
show "1", it should stop then. The
back is ready now for the first shot.
the film back on the camera. Don't forget to retract the dark slide.
Extend the struts by pulling the lens board out. Cock the shutter. Set
through the rangefinder and set the focus. Look through the viewfinder and frame your picture If it's o.k. press the shutter button. That's
it. Advance the film to the next
picture. Put the dark slide back. Press the 2 buttons at the top and the bottom of the lensboard and collapse the struts.
The Plaubel Makina II
is a nice, a bit heavy camera, not so easy to use. It fits
into two large coat pockets if you detach the film back. Once you are used to it, handling is fluid and logic. The
lens gives good results. It's a
nice old professional folder.
Plaubel Makina II
155 x 103 x 76
149 x 103 x 38
B T 1-1/200 | 18
6x9 Format, 6x6, 24x36, single
There are 2 more plaubel lenses, obviously from other cameras, they don't fit the makina (yet) and 2 close-up lenses.
Tele-Makinar with its own diaphragm, F 6.3 - 36, closest focus 2m, it
extends only a little during focusing. It comes from a Makina II with
A Tele-Peconar with
its own diaphragm, F 5 - 12 indicated, but goes beyond until a little
opening which seems to be ~36, closest focus 3m, it extends a lot
extended and without its adapter. This lens might come from a old
studio device. It's a variable focus lens, usable with or without
rear element (=Hinterlinse), hence the "H" mark.
Its leather case.
close-up lenses, the R 0.1 left and the T 1.5, the first for life-size
magnification (focus 0.24m), the second reduces min. focus to 0.76m
with the Anticomar.